Clark Gregg, everyone’s favorite resurrected agent, hit the press rounds at WonderCon yesterday, and while promoting his this/that/other, he revealed a few much deserved tidbits about Joss Whedon’s SHIELD show, and (most importantly) the cinematic future of Phil Coulson.
Here’s what he said about his decision to return to the Marvel Universe in the ABC series:
“I signed a multi-year deal for Agent Coulson when it was just three lines. It just turned into something more. It’s always a little nerve-wracking because it’s not something you’re used to. We have designed obsolescence, we actors. At the same time, the relationship between Agent Coulson and the fans is moving to me, and I don’t think it comes along very often, and I’ve been doing this a while. And some of this stuff is happening to me when I’m not in my 20s, not by a long shot. Once I knew that Joss and his brother Jed and Maurissa, his wife, were involved, and I saw the script, and thought, “This is what it’s going to be like,” then there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.”
How he managed to survive a pointy spear through his chesticles:
“After people see the show, they’ll have some clue as to why I’m still there, still breathing. But I don’t think they’ll know everything…
And this is probably the most important bit, if you’re a true Coulson lover… Will the Agent return to the silver screen in Avengers 2 or any other flick?
“If my schedule doesn’t conflict, and they need him in one of the movies, will they come calling? My feeling is that there’s no breaks in continuity with this and the Marvel movie universe. It makes sense in that universe, and I certainly feel like his chances of appearing in those movies are far better than when he was far out dead.”
While I’m not the biggest fan of Whedon’s stylistic changes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (too much humor, the non-CGI fight scenes looked like TV fare, and the sets looked completely artificial) I really enjoyed his take on Agent Coulson, so sign me up for more more MORE… not to sound creepily over-zealous or anything.