Phil Coulson is brought back from death in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. As the situations got revealed on screen, the heroic sacrifice looked more like pure horror.
Tahiti, It’s A Magical Place
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is best known for Phil Coulson and his return from dead in Marvel’s Avengers. Being a member of Fury’s heroes, who is also a huge fan of Captain America, Coulson had no problem putting his life at risk for the Avengers to go off without a hitch. After his demise, Nick Fury thought of bringing his friend back and the resurrection was later explained in Episode 11 of Season 1; “The Magical Place.” Apparently, Phil’s resurrection was less miracle and more horror.
During Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, whenever people and members asked about Coulson’s death, the actor replied “Tahiti, it’s a magical place.” While the answer was cryptic and abrupt, everyone believed that he didn’t remember the circumstances that took place around him during his revival. During the assault of Centipede, Phil got kidnapped by a lady named Raina and later probed for the truth. The entire episode was filled with tension as his team was trying to get him back before his past is revealed.
Phil Coulson’s Revival
When the truth was getting unraveled, Coulson was found very much dead as Loki stabbed him right in his chest. As he woke up, he found two scientists facing him and another one protesting against the procedure the doctors were following. From a reflection above him, Phil was able to see everything that could be termed as the cause for concern. But instead of making him alive, the machine that was probing in his brain and was trying to reprogram his memories.
The real reason behind Phil Coulson’s revival was the blood of a dead Kree found by Peggy Carter in the 40s. With that said, a drug named GH.325 was created out of its blood that helped to heal the fatal wounds rapidly and that is how Phil was brought back from the dead. However, Coulson’s body reacted differently with the drug as it went through severe trauma that transformed him as a person as well. Thus, Nick Fury allowed Phil’s mind get reprogrammed when it was there on the operating table.
During such a traumatic sight, Phil begged to end his life that would never come. While it was not the most intriguing scene of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, it was perhaps the most unsettling one. From a maker’s perspective, Phil died like a hero and that was how he got remembered. But apparently, his second-born proved that he is yet as heroic as he was and thus, the resurrection turned out to become a dark flip to the sacrifice Phil made.
That being said, the revival doesn’t change the pain and experiences he went through and that is what made the scene sort of horrific and reflect how scary MCU could be.