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Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Is Coulson’s “Magical” Survival Connected to ‘The Avengers 2′?

We’re four episodes into Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ but we hadn’t exactly expected the major reasons behind Agent Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) mysterious resurrection to present themselves just yet, at least this early in the season. We’ve seen hints that could justify the famous LMD theory, as well as a number of other possibilities, but has Clark Gregg now confirmed a more “magical” place than Tahiti is responsible for the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent’s good health?

Speaking to Larry King, Gregg played typically cagey about answering any major questions, alluding that he himself knew more about the ultimate direction than the audience, but less so than the writers, who keep certain details from him by design. Even so, one particular quote of Gregg’s about that magical place Tahiti would seem to provide an important clue to Phil’s continued survival from his apparently mortal ‘Avengers‘ wound:

There’s a much darker, more interesting story there. Something much more magical has gone on to bring this guy back to life.

That word seems to keep floating around the team-leading agent, doesn’t it? Not only did Coulson parrot the same “magical place” like back to Skye in the second episode, but former trainee Akela Amador (Pascale Armond) zeroed in on the fact that Coulson seemed inescapably different than she remembered in last night’s “Eye Spy.” The muscle memory hints from “The Asset” might put further tally in the life model decoy column than on magic, but we can’t deny that the Marvel Cinematic Universe retains some unexplored magical corners to address in future films, including the Scarlet Witch of ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron.’

It remains to be seen exactly when ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ will drop more concrete clues about Coulson 2.0, but what say you? Has magic been all-but-confirmed to play a part? Check out Gregg’s interview above, as well as the newest promo below, and give us your theories on Coulson’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ return in the comments!

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