Something of a Super Hero fanboy due to his grandfather’s rescue by the original Human Torch in World War II, Phillip Coulson joined the U.S. Army to work his way into the elite ranks of Rangers. Sent to Afghanistan, he formed a strong bond with fellow Ranger Marcus Johnson and earned the nickname “Cheese.” When Johnson announced his intention to return to the States to investigate his mother’s murder at the hands of an organization called Leviathan, Coulson partnered with him on the mission and proved invaluable in helping solve the mystery surrounding the heinous act.
Coulson learned that his friend Johnson was in reality the son of the infamous Nick Fury, longtime director of the spy organization S.H.I.E.L.D. and a World War II hero. Both men joined S.H.I.E.L.D. to become agents and Coulson swiftly proved to be an excellent recruit.
Phil Coulson is a highly skilled marksman, combatant, and tactician exhibiting strong leadership qualities and steadfast devotion to duty. Though sometimes seen as dour and unflappable, he possesses a passion for his work, as well as for the culture and history of Super Heroes. He is most likely seen in an immaculate suit and a pair of sunglasses, the epitome of the government agent.