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[TV] Clark Gregg Speaks on Coulson's Return in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.20.2013

IGN recently spoke with actor Clark Gregg, set to appear on Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing on June 28. Below are some highlights.

Gregg on the differences and similarities on working on The Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: "You know honestly, certainly my stuff wasn't tons of CGI and green screen stuff - for the most part. So my scenes were about people talking. So I might have a slightly skewed vantage point on this. But I found them to be very similar. You know Joss kind of, in his mad genius, loves story, loves actors, loves to find the deep stuff in the material. And he's there in it with you, and there's a monitor, and you're there in it with him and that's the same on Much Ado and the same on the set of The Avengers. If you look a little further outside on The Avengers you'll see 75 people making sure all of the effects are in place. That wasn't the case on Much Ado - it's just the walls of his house. But if you keep it within that bubble it's very similar. So far I guess I would say that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is kind of a fusion of the two."

What being on TV means for the Marvel Universe: "It's true. When we were shooting the pilot I thought, 'How are we going to do this?' I've been on these movies, each one is a different chapter, and each one was an origin story, to a certain extent, of a new hero and world. And in this one the heroes were the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, there are people with superpowers, but that's not the focus of the show. And probably it's wise to do it that way because I don't think that they could pull that off for 22 episodes in a year. But when I was doing it, it reminded me of stuff that I would watch when I was really little that was already in reruns then. I would see Flash Gordon and things that were serialized before movies. There was a heroic component and a serialized ongoing episodic plotline. So, then I thought. 'This is made for this stuff.' And the exiting part is going to be seeing the way that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. interacts with the S.H.I.E.L.D. component in Captain America 2, and the other movies, and whether those movies will then effect our show."

Does Gregg have a sense of how the movies will effect the TV show: "Well we've only done the pilot. My sense is that Marvel uses everything at their disposal and that nothing will happen on our show that will not impact, or be impacted by, the movies."

Gregg on Coulson being a leader now: "Yes. I felt you got a real hint of him in that way in Thor. This is different in that he's not kind of managing a major S.H.I.E.L.D. operation at the forefront of S.H.I.E.L.D.. This is a...The secret name for the pilot, so that people didn't see the name S.H.I.E.L.D. on the signs, was Ragtag. This is kind of Coulson's unit that he's put together to go out, highly mobile, anywhere in the world, and deal with old S.H.I.E.L.D. business and new S.H.I.E.L.D. business. Most specifically in a world after The Avengers where suddenly the world has watched the battle of New York and they know about Asgard, and they know about Chittari, and alien invaders and superheroes and there's a lot of people who want in."

Gregg on secrets being let out after The Avengers: "I think there's some secrets still left to manage. I think there's some cats that are not yet out of the bag - even to the viewers."

Will the pilot for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have an explanation on Coulson's return: "I think we will get an explanation in the pilot and the question only remains: Is it true?"

Gregg on if Coulson will appear in the movies again: "I hope so. I certainly would miss working with some of those actors, The Avengers felt like family. So I hope that Agent Coulson makes his way into some of those films, or that they come visit me in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."


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