Agent Coulson Lives! Clark Gregg is set to star in ‘Avengers’ TV spinoff

To the extreme delight of hard core fans who have been campaigning to bring Agent Coulson back to life, they have indeed succeeded.

In spite of his character dying in this summer's megahit "The Avengers," Clark Gregg will reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson in Joss Whedon's new "S.H.I.E.L.D." television pilot, which is being positioned to air on ABC next fall, 2013.

And Gregg -- who recently spoke with Yahoo! Movies about his character's death -- couldn't be happier: "I almost can't speak right now," he told over the weekend at New York Comic-Con as he was visibly brimming with excitement. Gregg, 50, has played Agent Coulson in a number of recent Marvel movies, and fans were pretty shocked when his character was killed by the evil Loki on the big screen this summer.

Gregg seemed equally shocked to learn he would be getting another chance to play Coulson, tweeting over the weekend that he's only known about it for a week and confirming with an @-reply to a fan that he is, indeed, feeling "pretty f***ing good right now."

Joss Whedon himself broke the news over the weekend during a NYCC panel: "There was never going to be a 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' show without Agent Phil Coulson!... He's headlining the 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' show and always was."

Though it is not yet clear how Coulson will be made alive again. Will the TV version be an Avengers prequel? Will we learn that Coulson somehow cheated death? Or will he simply rise from the grave in some reanimated form?

Whedon added, "We all love Clark Gregg, there's no doubt about that... From before we made 'The Avengers,' we discussed whether there was a way for him to be a part of the Marvel Universe, perhaps a part of a TV show, even after his death."

Marvel Studios Kevin Feige was with Whedon as he made the announcement via video at the NYCC Marvel TV panel.

Gregg is also appearing in Whedon's upcoming version of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing."

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