In an interview with the The Associated Press, writer/director Joss Whedon says that Coulson is not present in his current draft of the sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, when asked if he could return for the film.
“He could. Right now it’s not something I’m pursuing because I have so much going on in ‘Avengers 2.’ Finding out that Coulson is alive would be an entire B story. And I already have too much movie. That’s better than the other thing.”
Whedon elaborated on why this is the case when speaking about Samuel L. Jackson appearin in the upcoming TV series.
“But we also have the movies and we have TV and we need to make sure there’s some crossover, but not so much that people go, ‘Well, I don’t need to see that movie. I saw it on TV.’ If we do that (Marvel Studios President) Kevin Feige is going to come after me with a pitchfork.”
So if you want to get your Coulson fix, you’re going to have to tune into “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” which will premiere on ABC on Tuesday, September 24 at 8 p.m.
Featuring other favorites from the first “Avengers” film and new Marvel characters never before seen on the big screen, Avengers: Age of Ultron will open in theaters on May 1, 2015.