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SHIELD and Coulson

I think that a big part of the reason why Marvel: Agents of SHIELD doesn't work for me, is because I never had any fondness for Coulson.
I didn't notice him in Iron Man, I didn't realize it was the same guy in Thor until people told me, and so on.

I just always found him a bit bland, he doesn't really have any chemistry. he might work as the straight man in a sitcom, but even then, he'd only stand out, because he doesn't.

So when you make a guy like that the center of the show, you basically lose my interest, because there's just nothing about him that's in any way special. (it's also part of the reason why I never understood the popularity of the Clint/Coulson ship, esp. after Thor, when they'd barely even shared a scene together)

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90scartoonman From: 90scartoonman Date: December 2nd, 2013 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Completely understandable, but I experienced the opposite effect. In the first Iron Man movie, yes, he was the unassuming Men In Black straightman there to clean up after Tony's mess. He ended up being the most honest and straightforward character in the movie, and his flustering over saying SHIELD (before the acronym) was funny. It was great seeing him again in Iron Man 2, but in Thor, it was a turnaround because he was the bad guy, taking Jane's equipment. It was sort of like "I remember this guy, so what IS his deal?" And by Avengers, he became one of my favorite supporting characters. He's professional only because he's actively repressing that fanboy side to him. And he's human with an actual life, as shown with his brief interactions with Pepper.

By Agents of SHIELD, you have that mystery of how he came back but there's also kind of the sense he's going through a midlife crisis, being a father figure to Skye and sort of being a SHIELD rebel. I feel like I know enough about his personality from the movies to know he's facing new issues and problems in this show, and I care about what's going on with him.

It also helps that Clark Gregg is very likable and has played Phil Coulson in live action movies, TV, and done his voice in Ultimate Spider-Man, something you don't see often.
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