Clark Gregg Teases Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Finale, Talks Fan Reaction
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.07.2014
Will HYDRA appear past the first season?
Clark Gregg recently spoke with SHH about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. while promoting his new film Trust Me, which is now available on VOD and gets a limited theatrical release on June 6th. Check out the highlights:
On being offered the chance to reprise Coulson: "I knew we were going to shoot a pilot right before we started shooting (Trust Me)—during preproduction I got a call from Joss saying, ‘We think you might not be dead,' and I gotta say it felt like a nice vote of confidence going into what was about to be the scariest thing I'd ever done."
On filming the season finale: "It was so tense and fun, but we do more in eight days in terms of visual FX, action, fight choreography, especially when we finally get to the place where the show interacts with ‘The Winter Soldier' and HYDRA is revealed – that's everything cranked up to another level," he told us.
On whether the HYDRA storyling will continue into season two: "I knew there was going to be some bad stuff that was going to happen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier within S.H.I.E.L.D. I didn't know that we would potentially become agents of NOTHING. That said, the level to which that's a gamechanger becomes very clear in the season finale and there are a couple things that happen in the season finale that blew my mind and suggests the direction of what might be happening in Season 2. I didn't understand that the level of treachery would reach into my own team and I think it's really cool that it does."
On the level of secrecy involved in the show: "There's something really fun about getting the scripts together in the room and having special red pages handed to us where we find out there's HYDRA within. Our life is like S.H.I.E.L.D. to see the actual faces of the other actors reacting to this."
On whether the T.A.H.I.T.I. project may appear in upcoming films: "[smiling] The bastards don't tell me sh*t...What I sense as a fan, and this is my opinion is that there's definitely more to the secret of T.A.H.I.T.I. and we had a huge reveal at the end of the last episode when we find out who is in charge of the project and we know that both Coulson and Skye have been saved using this serum from a blue alien. I would be surprised if we don't find out pretty soon what species that is, super-early in Season 2 I'm suspecting, and I have a feeling that the ramifications of what it means to have that inside of you are much more far-reaching than we know."
On the fan reaction to the show: "I'm in the middle of it and I feel a great responsibility to satisfy the fans. The fans are who brought Coulson back to life. I think ‘Coulson Lives' is why there's a show. I want so much for them to like what we're doing. I want it to be great and I feel really protective of my young co-stars and the 200 people who work on that show, supporting their families. When people were frustrated with not having enough superheroes or wanting the pace to move faster, it was hard for me and when people started to click with the show more and the numbers started to build and people seemed to start to get what we were going after, it has really been rewarding to me to see the build as the season went along."
On negative responses to the early parts of the season: "It's actually really interesting because due to social media, you really find out a lot more about what people are thinking then you ever used to and in some ways, that can be really hard, in some ways that's really satisfying, but I guess the one thing as an artist that's kind of useful is that you realize that the same moment that is somebody's favorite thing ever, somebody else detests and you kind of go ‘Wow! The span of reactions. Everybody is bringing something different to the party.' I watch it with my daughter and if we like it, I'm really happiest now. That's my barometer."
On the shooting schedule: "For the most part, it's one after another but there's carry-over where a lot of times it's so big that they can't get it in eight days so there'll be two different units shooting on the same set or else one on location, some doing the last pick-up day of the episode before, some on the new episode and sometimes there'll be a third unit doing a VFX or action shot from the one ahead or one behind."
On the visual effects work: "I don't think what we're doing now on the show would be achievable if Marvel didn't have a fantastic system in place and a way to do VFX fast. That's the only thing about the Avengers that's similar is that if you took the Avengers and it was a giant car and you put it into one of those car compactors, it compresses what would be seven weeks of shooting into seven days."