I was pretty sure that he'd be the lead in the show ever since they announced the show's existence. Because the other S.H.I.E.L.D. people are really big names that wouldn't normally be in TV shows. And Coulson is something of a fan favorite character with very little established continuity, which is something that Whedon would probably go for.
Originally Posted by Darth Marsden
A Life Model Decoy seems a little too sci-fi to throw at the audience. I know, sounds silly, but still. They could just hand-wave it by saying Nick Fury's lie was a little bigger than just getting red on his
ledger cards. He was seriously injured and passed out, but was saved by the medics. Simple, easy, done.
Well, that was mostly a joke since that's how the comics would have handled it. Though it's not an entirely new concept in the movieverse. Stark did try to pass himself off as one in Avengers. He was joking of course, but the reference was still made.