Why Joss Whedon says the Avengers might not get to find out Coulson lives

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Jul 23, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

Turns out Earth's Mightiest Heroes might not get a happy reunion with their old friend Phil.

It's been more than a year since The Avengers hit the big screen, and one thing fans still haven't stopped talking about is the death and resurrection (somehow) of the Avengers' S.H.I.E.L.D. pal, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). It was one of the film's most devastating moments, a development that pushed the Avengers into unity so they could fight the necessary battle as a team and save the world. Then Coulson (and Gregg) got another chance at life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it was revealed the character would return to helm the upcoming TV series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fans everywhere rejoiced. Coulson lives, the Avengers get another movie, so another teamup is inevitable, right?

Well, according to Joss Whedon, the mastermind behind both S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron, not so much. Here's what he said when asked if Coulson would feature in Age of Ultron:

"He could (come back). 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," Whedon said. "And I already have too much movie. That's better than the other thing."

So, based on Whedon's present story for Age of Ultron, Coulson wouldn't just not appear, but the Avengers wouldn't even know he was still alive and kickin' back at S.H.I.E.L.D. Whedon might have a point about story, though. He's already got the additions of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver to deal with, not to mention somehow introducing Ultron without using Hank Pym.

What do you think? Is Whedon right to let Coulson sit this one out, or should everyone's favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. operative be around to assist the Avengers once again?

(Via AP)