After Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg
) was killed in "The Avengers
," it was announced that the character will return for the upcoming "Agents of Shield" TV series that will take place after "The Avengers." But how will Coulson come back from the dead? Many assumed that Thor, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner had a hand in bringing Coulson back. But /Film now has the answer and science and magic have nothing to do with it. Read below to find out or just wait for the pilot episode to air. Spoilers Ahead: "In the pilot, it's revealed Nick Fury
(Samuel L. Jackson
) faked Agent Coulson's death on purpose to motivate The Avengers
. Some Shield members were in on it (including, possibly, Maria Hill) but The Avengers
were not. Their security clearance wasn't high enough. Coulson was forced to hold his breath as part of the ruse and that's a point of contention among his colleagues.