“If you watched The Avengers, it was hard to miss the moment where that Askgardian bastard stabbed me quite thoroughly, and I died.” This was the opening statement in the newest interview with Clark Gregg about his character, Agent Coulson.
When interviewers caught up with Gregg at the Tribeca Film Festival where he was promoting his new film, Trust Me, they couldn’t help but ask a few questions regarding Agent Coulson and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. When asked about his thoughts on playing Coulson, Gregg has this to say of his onscreen counterpart, “I’ve had a hell of a ride playing this guy. I loved the death scene. I loved what Joss did so much and to want anything more of it felt greedy.”
But it wasn’t long before project Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was in the works and Gregg was getting the call. “So when I got a call a few months ago saying ok, we want you to come to New York Comic Con we’re going to announce that perhaps Coulson lives. I was very curious, but I also wasn’t sure I was down with it. I don’t want to do anything to undermine the integrity of The Avengers. Joss didn’t either. He explained to me that this takes place in a world after The Avengers…after the battle of New York.”
Even though he was initially hesitant about Coulson coming back to life, Whedon convinced him otherwise. “When Joss described to me the mystery that takes places in Marvel’s issues of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the complexity and the unanswered questions about Phil Coulson who is standing there and trying to deal with this, I found it so fascinating and so true to the role of the comics and the mythology in general as I understand them, I was immediately in.”
Has Coulson changed? Gregg answers the question with a question, “I don’t know how you could not change going through what he went through in the Avengers, and I think if he hadn’t gone through some kind of change, it wouldn’t be any good? That being said, I don’t know if he understands how much he’s changed.”
The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot was ordered for production by ABC in August 2012 and the episode was filmed in January 2013. If the show is picked up for syndication by ABC, it will likely air in the fall of 2013. To watch this video in its entirety, click here.