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Information-silkReal NamePhillip J. Coulson
Information-silkAliasesSon of Coul; A.C.; Agent 10
Information-silkRelativesRobert Coulson (father, deceased);
Julie Coulson (mother, deceased)
Information-silkBase Of OperationsMobile
Information-silkIdentityNo Dual Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationDirector of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Information-silkEducationEspionage training, military training
Information-silkHeight6' 0"
Information-silkWeight203 lbs (92 kg)
Information-silkUnusual FeaturesLarge wound where he was stabbed by Loki
Information-silkOriginS.H.I.E.L.D. agent
Information-silkPlace of BirthBoston, MA[1]
Information-silkCreatorsMark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway
First Appearance
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(April 30, 2008)
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Director (Formerly; Special Agent) Phil Coulson is the current director of the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.) and was formerly Fury's right-hand man.


Quote1 We're not exactly a team. But we're in a position to do some good. Quote2
-- Phil Coulson src 


Phillip "Phil" Coulson was born on the 8 of July 1964.[2]

At some time, he became agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and ascended within the organization.

Coulson grew up being a huge fan of Captain America, and collected a set of vintage Captain America cards over the course of two years.[3]

Working With Tony Stark

Phil Coulson was present during events surrounding the destruction of the Arc Reactor at Stark Industries, first making himself known to industrialist inventor, Tony Stark, and also trying to assist with investigating Obadiah Stane.[4]

Months later, he found himself personally tasked with keeping an eye on Stark, until being reassigned to New Mexico.[5]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer

S.H.I.E.L.D.'s scientific branch had detected unusual electromagnetic disturbances in the vicinity of Puente Antiguo, New Mexico, which drew Coulson to the site of an impact crater.[6] While traveling there, he stopped at a gas station and overpowered two robbers.[7] At the crater site, he found a number of town locals trying unsuccessfully to pull a hammer from the earth in which it was embedded. He called in S.H.I.E.L.D. and had the area cleared and secured for further investigation of the object.[5]

New Mexico: Land of Enchantment

With the hammer secured, Coulson turned his attention to the surrounding area and soon discovered equipment which led him back to astrophysics researcher Jane Foster and her colleagues based in Puente Antiguo. He immediately confiscated the remainder of her equipment and research, and when she returned home to discover her possessions being hauled away, Coulson simply brushed her off and offered a check as compensation.[6]

Coulson was later at the S.H.I.E.L.D. compound surrounding the hammer when alarms sounded, signalling an intrusion, and he became further concerned by a corresponding build-up of anomalous weather at the same time. An unarmed intruder battered his way into the compound, right to the hammer, leaving Coulson to make a choice on whether or not to use lethal force to prevent the man from reaching it. Intrigued, he allowed the intruder to reach it, only to witness the man struggle with it before crumpling in anguish. Ordering the man captured, Coulson confronted him, pressing for information on his background and apparent military training, although the stranger only offered limited answers in reply.[6]

The following day, Coulson was approached by Erik Selvig who spoke on behalf of the stranger and claimed the man's name was "Donald Blake". Coulson quickly established that there were inconsistencies with Selvig's claim, but released his detainee before ordering him followed by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to find out more.[6]

Coulson was responding to another find in the New Mexico desert when he received a curious report from his agents in Puente Antiguo. An agent reported the presence of four strangely dressed newcomers, but before Coulson could give this much consideration he was faced with a more immediate problem when a wind vortex appeared at the site he was investigating. Something large thumped down into the dust nearby and when the dust cleared Coulson found himself face-to-visor with a ten foot tall humanoid metal construct. He challenged it on the basis that it appeared to be unregistered weapons technology, at which point it opened fire and scattered the assembled agents.[6]

Coulson escaped serious injury from the encounter, but could do little more than watch as the Destroyer laid waste to Puente Antiguo. He witnessed a miracle when the hammer that he had been guarding in recent days flew from its resting place to the hand of the stranger he had been detaining and saw the destruction of the rampaging machine as the man, now possessing the full power of Thor, battered it with the hammer. Coulson approached the man in the aftermath, pointing out that 'Blake' had not been completely honest. Thor told him that their goals were the same and that Coulson could count on him as an ally, if he returned the items that were taken from Foster. Coulson accepted and pointed out that Foster would need the equipment to continue her research. He then watched as Thor and his four strange friends left town.[6]

The Consultant

Later, Coulson met with Agent Sitwell in a diner to discuss the current situation involving the Avenger Initiative. While Nick Fury's superiors had approved it, they also wanted Emil Blonsky (now dubbed "The Abomination") recruited onto the team due to his military record and status as a war hero. Since he was still being held by General Ross, they planned to blame all the destruction he caused during his rampage in Harlem on Bruce Banner in order to clear his name and have him released. With Fury unable to outright refuse, Coulson proposed sending a patsy to meet with Gen. Ross in the hopes of unintentionally sabotaging the meeting so that he would refuse to hand Blonsky over. Sitwell suggested they send the "Consultant", who turned out to be Tony Stark; an idea that Coulson was adamantly against. He eventually relented, which proved to be the wiser choice as Stark succeeded in his task with Blonsky remaining in the general's custody and off the Avengers.[8]

Around this time, Coulson started dating a cellist,[3] Audrey Nathan. He had saved from her super-powered/Darkforce-powered stalker Marcus Daniels.[9]

Assembling The Avengers

Coulson's brushes with exceptional people were only beginning. He got to witness the revival of the World War II-era hero Captain Steven Rogers, famously known as "Captain America", before again being tasked to approach Tony Stark on a matter of dire urgency. Thor's brother Loki had stolen the Tesseract, an object of limitless power, and the gravity of this situation was such that the idea of bringing together a team of exceptional people had to be revisited.[3]

After leaving Stark with a convincing portfolio of the situation, Coulson escorted Steve Rogers to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, taking the time to request autographs of his hero. Once on board he took up other duties, including some involvement in ensuring that Jane Foster had been moved to a safe location.[3]

He was present on the carrier long after the capture of Loki, when rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Clinton Barton launched a daring commando raid. Coulson procured an experimental gun from secure containment and went to one of the more obvious target objectives: Loki's holding cell. When he arrived, he found Loki outside of the cell, and Thor trapped on the inside. He threatened Loki and held him at gunpoint, but the Asgardian had created an illusion to distract Coulson while he slipped behind the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Coulson was shocked by the appearance of a blade bursting from his chest, a mortal wound dealt from behind, but scored a shot of his own with the experimental gun before Loki fled the Helicarrier.[3]

Agent Coulson was slipping away when Director Fury found him. He tried to assure Fury that his death would provide the reason for the Avengers to assemble, but his words failed before he could complete them. Phil Coulson died believing in an ideal, believing in the Avengers, and in his death those same people found the resolution they had sorely lacked.[3]

Back in Action

Quote1 I've seen giants. They're not heroes because they have powers. It's what they do with them. Quote2
--Phil Coulson[src]

According to official reports, Coulson stopped breathing for 8 seconds before being resuscitated by S.H.I.E.L.D. medics. Phil was relocated in Tahiti for recovery with the help of a physical therapist, and at some point returned to S.H.I.E.L.D., but his survival wasn't revealed to agents below Clearance Level 7. In reality, Coulson had died, and was dead for days before Director Fury tasked a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. doctors, including Dr. Streiten and Dr. Goodman, to revive him at the Guest House.[10] The doctors revived with a liquid from a blue humanoid corpse. The liquid was known as GH-325. During the process, the semi-alive Coulson would repeatedly say "Please let me die," so Dr. Streiten inserted his vacation to Tahiti was a false memory to relieve him of his pain.[11] Several months later, He was tasked with the creation of a new team of agents to handle new abnormal situations. The team was comprised of operation specialists Agent Grant Ward and Agent Melinda May, weapons expert Agent Leo Fitz, and biochemist Agent Jemma Simmons.

The first threat they faced was the appearance of a superhero in New York City, who was revealed to be empowered with a compound similar to the Extremis virus, in order to handle this situation, Coulson and his team were aided by their new asset Skye, a member of the Rising Tide, who Coulson later offered a spot in his team.[2]

Following this, his team was alerted of an appearance of an 0-8-4, which means an object of unknown origin, in Peru.[12]

As his new team carried out various missions- including unrelated side-missions such as cleaning up the aftermath of the battle between Thor and Malekith in London and aiding Sif in recapturing escaped Asgardian prisoner Lorelei- Coulson discovered rumours of a mysterious figure known as the Clairvoyant who was attempting to perfect a means of artificially granting superpowers to chosen soldiers. Although the Clairvoyant encouraged rumours that he was an actual psychic, Coulson's investigations determined that the Clairvoyant was actually fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent John Garrett, only to find himself facing new problems when Garrett was revealed to be part of Hydra's long-term plan to subvert S.H.I.E.L.D. from within and take control when the time was right, with Hydra agents including Grant Ward. Despite the odds against them, Coulson's team was eventually able to subvert Garrett's plans with the aid of the returned Nick Fury, who subsequently appointed Coulson the new head of the remaining agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. loyal to what should have been the organisation's true mission before departing to hunt down the remaining Hydra cells.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit


  • GH.325: Coulson was the administered with the GH.325 serum, which had the effect of completely regenerating his eviscerated heart tissue. However, the use of this serum, along with all other details of his resurrection, were kept secret from Coulson.[10]


  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Training:
    • Martial Artist: Agent Coulson is highly trained in the field of hand to hand combat. He was able to easily take down two armed men attempting to rob a Roxxon gas station.[7]
    • Expert Marksman: Agent Coulson is trained in the use of conventional firearms and weapons. He was even able to fire the newly developed Destroyer Gun created from Asgardian technology.
    • Expert Tactician: He is a very effective strategist, tactician, and field commander. For the reason he was placed in command of his own S.H.I.E.L.D. unit.


The nature of Coulson's death and apparent resurrection has imposed on him a form of post-traumatic stress disorder that while submerged most of the time has been noted to compromise his full efficacy on rare occasions. Discussions mentioning his former love life are deeply troubling for him, and the memories (both imparted and real) of the period in which he underwent the life-saving medical procedures, have been distracting and sometimes torturous.[citation needed]





  • Clark Gregg reprises his role in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon.
  • Thanks to some of his fan-favorite moments in the movies, personality and his heroic death in Marvel's The Avengers, Coulson is one of the few supporting characters with a strong fanbase, which lead to the creation of t-shirts, groups in social networks and even his introduction in the Marvel Mainstream Universe. One of the notorious campaigns through the Internet was "Coulson Lives", referring to his possible survival to his encounter with Loki.
  • Coulson's encounter with Loki left him with a deep scar on his chest, which he showed Melinda May, indicating that he really did face Loki,[citation needed] not a LMD as many fans thought.
  • His date of birth is 07/08/1964, making him 49 years old during Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..[2]
  • Coulson's authorization code is "X-Ray 2896," and his "death and recovery report" is "restricted file Bravo-Charlie-Yankee 307604."[13]
  • Despite being a huge Captain America fan, Coulson has never mentioned him once on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and his office aboard the plane doesn't have any Captain America memorabilia.
  • While Coulson's height is given at 6'0 actor Clark Gregg is only 5'9.

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