"It was a "break glass in case of emergency" situation."
"Yes, but that emergency was supposed to be the fall of an Avenger."
"Exactly. And I'm damn glad I did it, too. When you want to build something, you need a strong foundation."
Nick Fury and Phil Coulson[src]

The Resurrection of Phil Coulson was an operation ordered by Nick Fury to bring Phil Coulson back to life, as part of the Project T.A.H.I.T.I.



Phil Coulson dies from his severe wounds

"I'm sorry, boss. The god rabbited."
"Just stay awake. Eyes on me."
"No, I'm clockin' out here."
"Not an option."
"It's okay, boss. This was never gonna work... if they didn't have something... to..."
Phil Coulson and Nick Fury[src]
During the Attack on the Helicarrier, Phil Coulson attempted to stop Loki from jettisoning Thor out of the aircraft. Coulson approached Loki wielding a weapon reverse-engineered from the wreckage of the Destroyer, and demanded that Loki stand down.[4] However, Loki tricked him with a holographic illusion and impaled him with the Scepter.

Coulson died trying to say that the Avengers would never be able to assemble without something to motivate them. Nick Fury took this advice to heart, and manipulated Tony Stark and Steve Rogers into working together, using Coulson's heroic sacrifice to put aside their differences.[5]


Phil Coulson Return

Phil Coulson comes back to life as an agent

"Let me die, please. Please. Please, I'm begging you let me die. Please!"
Phil Coulson[src]

Phil Coulson was dead for days after the Battle of New York. The doctors sent Coulson's corpse to the Guest House for procedures ordered by Nick Fury. Doctors used a serum derived from an alien corpse from Project T.A.H.I.T.I. capable of healing wounds. During the procedures, Coulson begged the doctors to let him to die, losing his will to live.

In order to give it back, the doctors used a brain stimulating machine to alter the memories of the procedures so Coulson would think he was recovering in Tahiti. Unfortunately, a side effect of the memory alteration was that when everyone asked Coulson how his trip to Tahiti was, he would say that it was a "magical place."[6]



Raina helping Phil Coulson remember his past

"Why bring me back to life in the first place? Clearly, I didn't think it was the best idea. I warned you about people losing their minds."
"Agent May was on top of the situation. She says you're fine."
Phil Coulson and Nick Fury[src]

The file of Phil Coulson's revival was kept only for Clearance Level 10 or above. Coulson learned his painful truth from the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine and Streiten. When Coulson arrived at the Guest House, he was shocked that the serum that revived him was from an alien.[6] John Garrett was interested in how he returned, so he had Ian Quinn fatally shoot Skye, in hopes that she would receive the same procedure.[7]

Melinda May revealed to Coulson that she was the true builder of Coulson's Team by order of Nick Fury in order to observe Coulson after his resurrection. Each team member had a specific purpose to that end: May reported directly to Fury; Leo Fitz could erase his memories, if necessary; Jemma Simmons could revive him, if his resurrection proved temporary; and Grant Ward could kill him, if he became a liability.[8]

Coulson Equation

Phil Coulson carving for the first time

After his victory over Garrett and the Centipede Project, Coulson awoke in the middle of the night and began writing on the walls of the Playground in a symbolic language.[9]

As time went on, Coulson's uncontrollable urge to write the symbols became progressively more frequent. The rate at which he drew changed; beginning with three times a month, increasing to twice a week, and culminating in drawing every day. He was under the supervision of Melinda May and Skye, who researched the symbols to find their meaning. During the Attack on Hank Thompson, Coulson learned that the writing was a symptom performed by all participants of Project T.A.H.I.T.I. and they were blueprints to a city. After this discovery, the urges ceased.[10]


Appearances for Resurrection of Phil Coulson

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