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When it was announced that Joss Whedon's upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. television series would mark the return of Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, many, including us, speculated that the series would take place prior to the events of The Avengers for obvious reasons. Turns out, we were wrong! IGN recently spoke to ABC President Paul Lee about S.H.I.E.L.D. and he confirmed that the series in fact takes place AFTER the battle for New York seen in The Avengers. Word or warning, if you haven't seen The Avengers yet, well, you probably wouldn't be watching this video in the first place, but fair warning, spoilers ahead...Okay, now that that's out of the way. As you know, fan favorite Agent Coulson meets his untimely demise at the hands of Loki. His death ends up being the catalyst that ultimately unites The Avengers into a team. So how exactly do we have a series that takes place after The Avengers star a character who's dead? Lee wouldn't get into specifics, but did reveal that the series will be part of the Marvel Universe that has been established in the films, but saying quote, "This is S.H.I.E.L.D. They're following their own particular stories. There are characters in it, Coulson, who clearly come from Avengers. So it's part of the world, but we're going to be very, very careful that we don't tread on the toes of the features and build a whole new world. And that's what Joss Whedon does better than anybody else. He's built a world for us." So how does Coulson live? We'll have to wait and see, but there are a few possible scenarios. First off, they could just reveal that Coulson didn't really die in The Avengers. This would probably be the easiest route, but also the most upsetting to fans considering how important his death was in The Avengers. Another option would be to have him somehow resurrected. Keep in mind this wouldn't be the first time Joss Whedon kills off a character to have them miraculously brought back from the dead. Take his vampire slayer Buffy for instance. Another option could be that Coulson's appearances in the show actually take place as flashbacks, ala Lost. So how do you think they will explain Agent Coulson's appearance in S.H.I.E.L.D.? Give us your best guest below or over on Twitter @ClevverMovies. Until next time, I'm Simone Boyce, thanks for watching.