A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer
Coulson's actions make even more sense when you think about the fact that police departments hate having to deal with dead bodies, especially ones with gunshot wounds. A couple of punks getting the snot beat out of them, on the other hand, will only get a mild investigation. Important when you are a busy agent needing to get back to work.
Fridge Horror alert: With the reveal that Jasper Sitwell is under Hydra, who do Benny and Clare really answer to?
In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Ward comments that "Someone really wanted our initials to spell SHIELD". When you learn that SHIELD was set up by at least three people who worked alongside Captain America during World War II, you realise that yes, they probably really DID want the initials to spell SHIELD, in honour of their beloved friend, believed to be dead.