If you watched Iron Man and thought that S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson would have a major impact on the MCU, you got what you wished for. Clark Gregg had made multiple appearances throughout Phase 1, but when The Avengers came around, he met his life came to an abrupt halt. Just when we thought we had seen the last of him, the fan outcry online pushing for Coulson to be brought back proved successful and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was born.
Since that point however, there has been no sighting of Coulson in the movies, with the team he helped unify still in the dark about him walking and breathing. This has caused a disconnect between the movies and TV, with the crazy events he deals with not being mentioned by anyone on the big screen. While we wait to once again see him appear in theaters and with the Avengers, Gregg is apparently not. While speaking with Comic Book Resources, he has said he is no longer waiting for it, but is still ready if called upon.
No, I don’t anymore. I suspect that will happen when it needs to happen, but it’s not something that I’m sitting around thinking about. I really am thrilled with what our writers are doing in our particular portion of the universe. I know Marvel is run by people like Jeph Loeb and Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito, who are as much fans of the material as I am. And when the time is right for a story to be served by that, I’m sure [Coulson’ll] do it. I really — I have a lot of faith that it won’t be done until it really serves a story, and not just to tie up loose ends or be a gimmick.
This is a common theme throughout the MCU, one that has been frequently heard when questions are asked about the crossover of characters. Still, Gregg is busy enough at the moment as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Although in recent episodes, his character has been stuck in headquarters harboring an injury, Gregg hopes to see Coulson back in the action soon enough.
I mean, every time I think they’ve done pretty much everything they possible can — you know, Nick Fury showed up at a moment of great peril at the end of Season One and made him the director of a S.H.I.E.L.D. that no longer existed, and he had done his very best at it. It’s been very, very difficult, and he’s honored by the task, but I hope at some point, before it’s all over, he gets a chance to go back into the field.
While he waits to get in the field and the movies, he is very busy at the moment dealing with Hive’s rising Inhuman army and just recently getting Daisy back with the team. The events happening on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D have brought about some very difficult challenges and is testing who Coulson is as the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. With the finale set for next week, it won’t be a happy one for the character.
He’s in his own personal hell. There’s a lot of reasons to think that he did the right thing squishing the life out of Grant Ward. It has certainly created an opportunity for this, for the first Inhuman, the terrifying Hive, to arrive back on our planet, and the fact that he’s walking around un-killable and very dangerous, looking like the also apparently un-killable Grant Ward, really makes him feel responsible for this mess.
That it has cost him his beloved Daisy, and that she now is the ultimate cult member, only a superpowered one, it couldn’t be worse. The great line that the writers wrote was, “I knew this would come back to haunt me, I just didn’t think it would actually come back to haunt me.
The show has been teasing an upcoming death, but both Daisy and Coulson seem like locks to stay with the series. No matter when Coulson is killed off (again) or the show is canceled and he never makes a big screen appearance, Gregg counts himself lucky to just have been a part of the universe.
I think this is an amazing experiment, and I can’t say enough about how fun it is to be part of something where the people who are telling these stories, the writers and directors, and the producers, the people who run Marvel. They keep doing it well, no matter how weird or off-beat the property, because they love it so much, and the fact that it is still all one story. It may not be all the characters in every project, but the fact that it’s all one story happening across these, from Netflix to TV to the movies. That just is a grand storytelling experiment that I really enjoy as an adult, and I feel like the 11-year-old Clark on my shoulder, we’re both having really the time of our life watching it.
Being in the universe has given him the opportunity to meet a lot of incredible actors and attend his fair share of Marvel premieres. Most recently he was at the premiere for Captain America: Civil War, but instead of being happy to see old friends and other Marvel actors he’s met in the past, he was most excited about meeting some of the people on the Netflix side, especially Mike Colter.
I love those people and those actors. It’s such a good bunch, and we had so much fun making “The Avengers,” and the other movies too, that I’ll always feel a kinship with them. But to be honest, at the “Civil War” premiere, I was just as excited to meet some of the cast of “Daredevil” and Luke Cage himself as a fanboy. To meet Mike [Colter], who’s doing such an amazing job as Luke Cage, was really exciting to me.
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The two hour season 3 finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.