May 19, 2012

SPOILER SPECULATION: Is Agent Coulson Vision?

After the death of Coulson in the Avengers it seemed like the end of the infamous SHIELD agent. However, MTV has put together a very convincing theory that Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) could be Vision. MTV makes some strong points and it could be awesome to see Coulson evolve from agent to superhero. Then again, having Coulson stay dead means that the Marvel universe becomes slightly more grounded.

The android known as Vision was originally built by robotic villain Ultron and becomes an enemy of the Avengers. He fights against his creator only to join the ranks of the Avengers and fall in love with fellow villain-turned hero Scarlet Witch. His powers included the ability to change his density to float/fly and become spectre-like. If true, a scientist like Hank Pym (Ant-Man) might be the person to put this android together.

Vison had his own film in development but nothing official had been announced and his inclusion into the franchise would be very difficult. Establishing an android character would be hard for audiences to care about. If Vision per say "looked" like Coulson and was played by Clark Gregg fans could get behind him. To re-introduce Coulson as Vision wouldn't make the Avengers sequel feel as bloated since he was around in the first installment. Phil has also been suspect as he's not a comic book cannon character but created for Iron Man, this has always given fans the idea there was more to him.

» Life Model Decoys
It's already been established that there are synthezoids and life model decoys in the Marvel movie universe. Life model decoys have been mentioned several times now, in both "Iron Man 2" and "The Avengers," while synthezoids were briefly discussed in "Captain America: The First Avenger." Since there are already fully functioning androids that exist, it seems only fair to assume that The Vision is just around the corner.

» Lack of Emotion
If there's one thing people remember about Phil Coulson, it's that he rarely showed any signs of emotion. Always appearing calm and collected, even after being stabbed through the chest by Loki, Coulson is already android-like in that regard. The fact that he had the foresight to advise Nick Fury to use his untimely death as a means of motivating the team only adds to Coulson's cool and calculated nature.

» Stark Tower Security
Towards the beginning of "The Avengers," Agent Coulson somehow manages to bypass all of the high tech security that Stark Tower has to offer. How is it that Coulson is able to waltz right in to the home of one of the richest and smartest men in the world? Well, perhaps he has the ability to manipulate his density. You know, making himself intangible and what not.

» One Good Eye
After the death of Coulson, Nick Fury states that he "lost his one good eye." While this is clearly a play on words, being as Nick Fury wears an eye-patch, it could also be a reference to Coulson's codename: Vision. In the field, Agent Coulson would act as Fury's eyes allowing him to see anything and everything that Coulson sees firsthand. Get it? Vision? Eyes?

» Jim Hammond
The only thing that Agent Coulson ever showed the slightest bit of enthusiasm for was Captain America. Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch android, fought alongside Captain America on several occasions back in the '40s, according to comic book lore. The body of Jim Hammond is also the original synthezoid on which The Vision was based. It's a stretch, but that could serve as yet another clue that Coulson will come back in android form.

Android Jim Hammond/Human Torch's cameo in Captain America: The First Avenger

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