By Ben Morse
Following their S.H.I.E.L.D. initiation in BATTLE SCARS #5, Agent Phil Coulson and
|Scarlet Spider #5 preview art by Neil Edwards|
“There’s a dirty nuke loose in Houston, and everybody from the Houston PD, the F.B.I., S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers get pulled in,” Yost, who also penned BATTLE SCARS, explains of how so many movers and shakers end up in Kaine’s neighborhood. “Fury and Coulson are the face of S.H.I.E.L.D. in this case, and Coulson actually runs point with Iron Man, Scarlet Spider’s the one on the ground.”
SCARLET SPIDER #5 will give a solid indication of Coulson and Fury’s place in the greater Marvel Universe, as well as how their standing and dynamic stands separate from what fans may be familiar with.
“In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Coulson somewhat became the face of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” notes Yost. “So when S.H.I.E.L.D. shows up in the comics, Fury and Coulson can now serve that function.
“Fury’s not the director, not the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.—he’s an agent. He and Coulson aren’t going to be sitting in meetings; they’re going to be out there on big S.H.I.E.L.D. adventures.”