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Marvel Moves: "Avengers’" Agent Coulson Back for "S.H.I.E.L.D" Show

The Walt Disney Company/Marvel Comics(NEW YORK) -- Fans of Marvel's The Avengers got some very good news indeed at the comic giant's TV panel at this past weekend's New York Comic Con: Agent Coulson lives!

Specifically, Agent Coulson, the straight-laced agent played by writer-actor Clark Gregg -- who has appeared in all of the films in Marvel's series but appeared to die in Avengers -- will headline ABC's upcoming show about S.H.I.E.L.D., the government law enforcement agency dealing with superheroic events as seen in the movies.

Gregg appeared at the event at which an onscreen eulogy of sorts was played for the character -- which then segued to a video of Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon who said of Gregg, "He's headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was."

Marvel also announced it's launching a pair of animated films: Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore and Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes UnitedRise of the Technovore features many of the Avengers cast of characters and is set for a spring DVD/Blu-ray debut.  Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United is slated for an April 23, 2013 release, according to The Comics Alliance.

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