10/13/2012 05:53 pm ET

Clark Gregg & 'S.H.I.E.L.D.': Agent Coulson To Appear In 'Avengers' TV Series For Joss Whedon

Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson is coming back to S.H.I.E.L.D. Despite meeting a tragic end in "Marvel's The Avengers," the beloved and by-the-book agent will apparently make an appearance in "Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.," the new television series produced by Joss Whedon.

"We all love Clark Gregg, there's no doubt about that," Whedon said via taped message to attendees at New York Comic-Con on Saturday. "From before we made 'The Avengers,' we discussed whether there was a way for him to be a part of the Marvel Universe, perhaps a part of a TV show even after his death."

Confirmed Marvel chief Kevin Feige, "There was never going to be a 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' show without Agent Phil Coulson!"

The news of Gregg's involvement in "Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D." was first reported by Comic Book Resources and later confirmed by TVLine.

While fans have been clamoring for Coulson's return -- perhaps as Vision, a synthetic android in the Marvel universe that can be implanted with real memories -- Gregg himself is likely even more pleased with the news. In an interview with in September, the actor expressed dismay over the fact that his character wouldn't appear on the television series when it launched.

"You know what -- that was the moment where I went, great, now they're doing the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show now that I'm on a slab," he joked. Added Gregg about the possibility of Coulson-as-Vision, "I love the idea of Coulson as the Vision, but I don't know if that's in the cards."

For more on the New York Comic-Con event, head over to Comic Book Resources.

[via Comic Book Resources]

Our Dream Cast For "S.H.I.E.L.D."