Clark Gregg Returning for ‘Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.’ — Coulson Lives!

Joss Whedon is producing the TV spin-off of "The Avengers"

Clark Gregg is returning to the world of "The Avengers" in the television spin-off "Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D."

Not even an apparent on-screen death can keep Gregg and his no-nonsense S.H.I.E.L.D. alter-ego Agent Coulson away from the action for long. In "The Avengers," Gregg's murder helps unify the superhero members of the team and spurs them to save the world from Loki and his intergalactic accomplices.

"I thought it was something I wasn't going to get to do again," Gregg admitted at New York Comic-Con over the weekend.

The television show will reunite Gregg with Joss Whedon, who directed "The Avengers." Whedon will executive produce the series and co-write the pilot. Work on the show is underway for ABC, which, like Marvel, is owned by Disney.

It's not clear how the Marvel team will explain away Gregg's death, but as comic fans know, superheroes have a habit of being killed off only to return in some reanimated form or armed with some ludicrous, death-cheating explanation.

"I could be playing the Hulk, maybe Thor's handsomer older brother, but I will be back as someone," Gregg promised. "Maybe someone we know."