In yet another devastating blow to beleaguered TV show Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., original creator Joss Whedon has made statements decrying the show's concept of a resurrected Agent Coulson leading a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. From an interview with Mental Floss:
The Coulson thing was, I think, a little anomalous just because that really came from the television division, which is sort of considered to be its own subsection of the Marvel universe. As far as the fiction of the movies, Coulson is dead.
Ouch! So does that put Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. outside official Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity?! Whedon goes on to say that he can ignore the offense as long as its not referenced in his movies:
But I have to say, watching the first one with my kids—I had not watched the first one since it came out—and then watching it with my kids and watching Coulson die but [thinking], “Yeah, but I know that he kind of isn’t,” it did take some of the punch out of it for me. Of course, I spent a lot of time making sure he didn’t. And at the time it seemed inoffensive, as long as it wasn’t referenced in the second movie, which it isn’t.
Tough break for S.H.I.E.L.D., and even moreso with his own brother and sister-in-law serving as showrunners! We guess Joss Whedon believes in tough love.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has survived six cancelations so far, and will probably be back for another season next year.