Joss Whedon’s new show set in the Marvel cinematic universe has been steadily trending downwards in the rating since its monster debut. I enjoyed some aspects of the show and as an admitted comic book geek, really want the show to succeed. However the issue that has been nearly universally mentioned by detractors and fans alike is that the characters on this show are pretty awful. This lack of a full cast of characters that immediately grabs the audience is proving detrimental to the show and makes sitting through an hour of it each week much more of a chore than it really needs to be. This brings me to the title of this post and the solution to the problems that are ailing viewers of this show. Joss Whedon has shown no hesitation in killing characters that he has done a marvelous job making audiences care about. Don’t believe me? Do the names Wash, Doyle, Jenny Calendar, Book, Cordelia, and Joyce Summers ring a bell? All were characters that were far more fully formed and beloved by the fans than anyone on Agents of SHIELD not named Phil Coulson and in most cases their deaths provided tons of material for future storylines. So if Whedon can kill off characters that people like to make a show better he should have no trouble popping a couple caps in the collective asses of some of the less than compelling characters on Agents of SHIELD. And with ratings dropping every week I thought it would be a good idea to begin preparing for the inevitable by taking a look at which member of Agent Coulson’s SHIELD team is most likely to bite the bullet first.
Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg)
Coulson is the main man in charge and the bridge between the Marvel TV and movie universes. He is also the least likely person to die since he just died in the Avengers film and he is the backbone of this show. Phil Coulson is not the problem with this show anyway. It is quite the opposite actually. Fans came into this show already liking Coulson and the chance to flesh out the character with glimpses into his past as a SHIELD agent and deeper looks into what makes him tick as a man are all things I am eager to see onscreen. Also on the side of Coulson living is the fact that his resurrection after being killed by Loki in the Avengers movie is the #1 big mystery of the show and until we get answers to that one I would consider Agent Coulson to be just about untouchable. I am so confident in Agent Coulson living that if Whedon were to actually kill Coulson I would eat one of my shoes and post the video on Vine.
Odds: 50 to 1