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In an episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, Agent Victoria Hand said to Agent Ward that no agent was that important to the system (At the time, Agent Coulson had been kidnapped and his team was trying hard to find him).

However, during the events of the Avengers movie,

Agent Coulson was impaled and killed by Loki. We later learn in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that Director Fury had him revived via a classified project.

Why was Agent Coulson so important to Director Fury? He was just another Level 8 agent.

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    Their love is a forbidden love. – John O Feb 23 '14 at 5:54
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    Coulson has a reputation within SHIELD, and commands a lot of respect from other high-ranking agents. That alone probably wouldn’t save him, but I don’t think he’s “just another Level 8 agent”. – alexwlchan Feb 24 '14 at 0:50
  • @alexwlchan If that's the case, why did Victoria Hand argued Agent Ward about it? – Captain Cold Feb 24 '14 at 0:57
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    @JamesSheridan Surely we'd be better off editing the question to make it clear that only answers with the canonical reason(s) are acceptable. Worst case is that the question sits unanswered for a while, I don't think it's right to close it just because there isn't currently an answer available. – Anthony Grist Feb 24 '14 at 15:29
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    @JamesSheridan "We don't know" is a perfectly valid canon answer. Answers can be edited as things change. – user1027 Feb 24 '14 at 16:20
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Per the season 1 finale, we have an answer.

Coulson is one of the few people Nick Fury trusts.

In addition, he was crucial in the formation of The Avengers, which (per S1E20)

T.A.H.I.T.I. was meant to resurrect, so using it to revive Coulson wasn't entirely outside the purview of T.A.H.I.T.I.

Then, per S1E18?

Fury set May up to be Coulson's monitor, in case he started showing some of the side-effects of procedures.

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    Spoilerification please? – Izkata May 14 '14 at 1:14
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    @Izkata I think all these spoilers are properly tagged with relevant episode numbers. – user1027 May 14 '14 at 14:56

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