|Name:||Phillip J. "Phil" Coulson|
|Occupation:||Agent of SHIELD|
|Relationships:||Melinda May (colleague and love interest), Skye (colleague), Leo Fitz (colleague), Jemma Simmons (colleague), Elena "Yo Yo" Rodriguez (colleague), Alphonso Mackenzie (colleague)|
|Fandom:||Marvel Cinematic Universe (Iron Man films, Thor Movieverse, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Avengers Movieverse), The Avengers (Marvel), Marvel 616, Ultimate Spider-Man (cartoon)|
|Other:||Portrayed by Clark Gregg|
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Phil Coulson appeared as a recurring character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in the first and second Iron Man (2008, 2010) films, Thor (2011), and The Avengers (2012). Based on his popularity, his character has also been incorporated into mainstream Marvel Comics continuity in 2012 as well as Ultimate Spider-Man (cartoon) starting in April 2012 to the present. Coulson makes a by-name cameo appearance in the Iron Man: Armored Adventures in March 2012.
Agent Coulson was killed by Loki during the events of The Avengers, his death being used to spur on the team. However, due to his popularity and the success of the fan-run "Coulson Lives" campaign, he is currently alive and starring in the ABC series Agents of SHIELD which began in September 2013. In the first season, much mystery surrounded how he had returned to the living, and how much Phil actually knew was not certain. It's hinted at in the pilot for the show that he was in Tahiti or at least believed he was in Tahiti. Fans theorized about how Coulson came back to life. Popular theories included that he was brought back by magic or he was a robot. Neither was the case. In fact, Coulson was brought back to life by a drug created from Kree DNA.
Fanon and Common Tropes in Fanworks
- Pheels - a fandom-specific variation of feels
- One popular piece of fanon is that Agent Coulson is the son of Agent K from Men In Black.
- Canonically, he is a fan of Captain America and Supernanny. In fanon this has been expanded to a love of all reality television and sometimes intense hero worship of Steve Rogers.
- He is very particular about his car Lola in canon, and in fanon is often paired with it.
Six Degrees Influences
The most common pairing (as tagged on AO3) is Clint Barton/Phil Coulson, followed by Phil Coulson/Melinda May. Other relationships include Phil Coulson/Clint Barton/Natasha Romanov and Phil Coulson/Natasha Romanov. Phil Coulson/Darcy Lewis has also popped up in fanworks, although they usually have a more platonic than romantic relationship in fanfic.
Since the premiere of the Agents of SHIELD show, the most common pairings remain Clint/Phil, Phil/Nick Fury, and Phil/The Cellist. However, with the new characters introduced by the show, other pairings are gaining popularity: Phil Coulson/Melinda May, Phil Coulson/Lola, Phil Coulson/Leo Fitz/Jemma Simmons, and Phil Coulson/Grant Ward.
The pairing of Phil Coulson/Skye has increased in popularity in recent seasons, and the gen pairing of these two characters also appears. Some fans dislike pairing Coulson with Skye for a number of reasons. Some believe Skye views Coulson as a father figure, and dislike shipping a younger woman with a much older man. Others prefer to ship Phil with May, and view this ship negatively as a result.
- Pigeonville, USA. by sheafrotherdon. An early (pre-movie) story. Very sweet. Phil Coulson is the security chief for Steve Rogers' presidential campaign.
- Ask Galatea by thingswithwings. A Phil Coulson/Steve Rogers story with service submission.
- The SHIELD Agent's Wife by concertigrossi. Phil Coulson/The Cellist series, post Iron Man onwards. AU after The Avengers.
- Untitled Phil Coulson by downeybk. Beautiful pencil piece.
- Phil Coulson by kanapy
- Agent Coulson - Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. by JamieFayX
- Agent Coulson by knightreaver
- Agent K phones Phil gifset by sherlockandtheboys
- Phil and Agent J gifset by sherlockandtheboys
- Secret Agent Man
- Be Still, a Phil tribute (Post-Avengers).
- Losing your memory (Post-Avengers).
- Hear You Me (May Angels Lead You In)
- T-shirt artwork by erebusodora. Coulson Lives t-shirt artwork created and given away free for fans to make their own t-shirts to wear to San Diego Comic Con. Several other designs have been distributed by this artist, leading to professional work for WeLoveFine.
- 'One For The Fangirls' by filkertom. Coulson Lives filk set to the tune of "Be Prepared" by Tom Lehrer
- The Ballad of Phil Coulson
Archives and Communities
- Avengers Kinkmeme with lots of Coulson content
- Phil Coulson works tagged a AO3
- Phil Coulson works at FFN (Agents of SHIELD category)
- Phil Coulson works at FFN (Thor category)
- Phil Coulson works at FFN (Avengers category)
- Phil Coulson page at wikipedia
- Phil Coulson page at Marvel Movies wiki
- Phil Coulson page at Agents of SHIELD wiki