Spoilers for The Avengers below:
I don't get it. What's with all the love for Agent Coulson?
I'm inclined to attribute this to his being martyred in The Avengers. (And I'll give Joss this, he gave Coulson a few nice moments that were designed to make his death sting a little more.) But I saw the Cult of Agent Coulson springing to life in the weeks leading up to release, and I just don't get it. The guy's barely a plot device - he's basically just there to be some connective tissue between a few Marvel films. We barely know anything about him, and until The Avengers, he really didn't get to do anything cool.
(Even the impact of his death was blunted by the fact I saw it coming almost from the instant we met Maria Hill, who bore all the telltale signs of being groomed to be Coulson's "replacement" as the Marvel Corporation's Synergy Player.)
While I'm sure his portrayer, actor Clark Gregg, is a nice guy I never feel like he has any presence. He's got a milquetoast voice and delivery that often threatens to send me off to Dreamland no matter what he's saying or doing.
So what do you all like about him?
This is probably a good time for me to go all-in and confess that I never got the fan obsession with Boba Fett either. For those not in the know, Boba Fett is the "badass" bounty hunter in The Empire Strikes Back who tracks Han Solo to Cloud City, then rats him out to Vader and lets the Empire do all the heavylifting of capturing him.
I've never watched Dog the Bounty Hunter, so tell me, is it normal for these "fearsome bounty hunters" to follow at a safe distance and then call the police to make the actual arrest?
When next we see him in Return of the Jedi, this fearsome bounty hunter is hanging out in Jabba the Hutt's palace. Because nothing says "tough guy" like hanging out in a gentleman's club, hitting on the dancers.
Yet for some reason, Fett made such an impression on Star Wars fans that they've complained since 1983 about Fett going out "like a punk." During a battle on the Sail Barge, a blind Han Solo accidentally triggers Fett's jet pack, which results in him falling into the Sarlaac Pit to be digested over a thousand years.
Of all the minor characters to get elevated to demi-god status by the fans, why Fett? You might as well start a fan club for Sy Snootles or Salacious Crumb!
So are any of you fellow "non-it-getters?" Or are there perhaps other film or TV characters whose popularity astounds you?
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