[TV] Clark Gregg Says We'll Find Out How Agent Coulson Returned On Tonight's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.07.2014
"I was very, very impressed"...
- In an interview with TV Guide, Clark Gregg said that the reason for Agent Coulson's return after his death in The Avengers will be revealed on tonight's midseason premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Here are highlights:
On what Centipede wants with Coulson: "It's revealed at the end of Episode 110 that more than they even want to capture our stabilized super-solider Mike Peterson (J. August Richards), their master-villain the Clairvoyant knows about Coulson's resurrection — and seems to know more about Coulson's resurrection than Coulson knows — so Coulson ends up in the unenviable position of being captive in the hands of people who want and have the technology to extract the secrets of his resurrection. That is the same thing that he wants, but he wants that information without giving it to them."
On if there will be flashbacks to Tahiti: "I wouldn't call them flashbacks. That doesn't seem like a term that does them justice. We know that these people are ruthless. We've already seen them kill many people. The one thing this Clairvoyant person wants is the one thing they can't see. The only thing the Clairvoyant doesn't know is this: there's a blank spot. They have technology that can reveal those memories, and it's not a pleasant experience for Coulson. Yet, if he can endure it, there is a possibility that he can get the truth, although to even go down that road endangers all the secrets of S.H.I.E.L.D."
On if there will be a definitive answer on why Coulson has returned: "As a fanboy, I thought, "How are they going to do this? They've been keeping this for 10 episodes." We know that there's something bogus about the magical place concept. He can't even say Tahiti without turning into a robot. Is he a robot? How did they bring him back? Is he some kind of Life Model Decoy, as all the Marvel fans think? Is he the Vision? There's all these theories. How do you do this for real and really pay it off? At the same time, you don't want them to go, "Well, I guess that's the finale of the show. There's really no need to continue after this. The bullet was in the chamber, now it's completely blown." When I read the script, I was blown away because it's completely satisfying to me as a fanboy, and, as probably the biggest fanboy in Phil Coulson in the Marvel Universe, because it's not a tease, it's: here's what happened! At the same time, what they've crafted not only opens up enough questions that are at the existential core of Phil Coulson and his relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D., but really set the direction for the back end of the season and the future of the series. I was very, very impressed with what they delivered here."