Warning: Spoilers for the season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. below.
For the last two months or so, Agent Carter has taken over ABC with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. going on their mid-season break. Marvel and ABC reminded us that the show is coming back soon with our first promo for the mid-season return, where the Secret Warriors are finally coming together. As more and more Inhumans populate the show, there will likely be ties to what has been called the oldest Inhuman that is now inhabiting Ward’s dead body.
Coulson had his defining moment of the season when he used his robotic hand to get revenge on Ward for killing Rosalind Price. Gregg and other members of the show have all talked about what the decision to make could mean for Coulson and the rest of the team, but now Gregg is back talking about what we can expect.
Hypable had the chance to talk to Gregg about the decision that Coulson made, how it will impact him, and the possibility to tie-in with Captain America: Civil War in a few months. When Gregg read the script, he was surprised that this is the path Coulson was going on.
I guess it’s the way the show has evolved, I was surprised. But once Rosalind had been kind of slaughtered in front of Coulson, I was a little bit in the Coulson mindset of, “I want this guy dead.” But I didn’t think it would happen quite that fast, and I didn’t think there would be that amazing twist that would allow us to keep an even more evil version around.
Coulson’s decision to kill Ward took him past the imaginary line of what is good and what is bad. For someone who has always stuck to his guns and followed the rules, this did not fit the bill. So how will this affect him moving forward?
It gets down to, everything you do changes you in little ways. And the bigger things you do change you in bigger ways. It’s funny, this season — there have been times, last season especially and the end of the first season, when Nick Fury shows up and makes him the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., a S.H.I.E.L.D. that doesn’t exist, where it’s a great honor and Coulson himself is having another one of his fantastic fanboy moments. “I can’t believe they’re calling me Director, I think that makes me the second person to ever be called that, or the third.”
And yet, I don’t know. From the moment he makes Mack the acting Director and goes to take care of business, there’s something… I feel like Coulson’s true heart is in being a field agent. And if it’s necessary for him to be Director, he’ll be Director. I don’t know, they’ve written something so complex to end mid-season with that I just don’t think it’s going to sit easily with him, what he has done — especially when he finds out what that action has created.
Speaking of Mack as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., this is something that I would like to see continue even though it is very unlikely that is the case as long as Coulson is around. Gregg was asked who he would rather serve under, Coulson or Mack, and (obviously) he sided with the guy he plays.
Well, I need to be a little biased. I thought Mack did an unbelievable job, as did Henry Simmons, I’m just obsessed with how great he is. But I have to say, Coulson thus far, despite a lot of doubters and haters, he’s managed to make the right calls an awful lot, against a lot of odds. While still managing to cook up, oh, just a Helicarrier for Nick Fury in his spare time, to be quite useful in act three of Age of Ultron. I think, whether he gives it to himself or not — I doubt he does — I think he has reasons to feel proud of what he’s managed to accomplish with very limited resources in his tenure so far. But I think if Nick Fury showed up and wanted to slap the eyepatch back on and take over, and just put Phil back in the field, I don’t think he’d necessarily be heartbroken.
When Coulson did kill Ward, the only witness to the event was Fitz. They went on to share a long look when they returned with a new and stronger connection seeming to be formed.
I think it’s so interesting, because at that point Fitz has as much reason as anybody, having seen Simmons be beaten or tortured to get him to open the portal, and having nearly lost his ability to think at the end of season one… Fitz has more reason than anybody to put a bullet in Ward’s head. And yet what I read off that look is that there’s something about seeing Coulson decide to end him, especially when he’s helpless and could be left on the planet, that seems to really throw Fitz for a loop. And I think in a way, Fitz is mirroring — a part of Coulson feels that way, too.
Since the show does exist within the MCU and they insist that #ItsAllConnected, everyone is expecting a major tie-in to Captain America: Civil War. The previous Captain America film rocked the show, so who knows what will happen if the two have a connection. If there is a tie-in, Gregg has no knowledge about it currently, but he is hoping for all sorts of crossovers.
I won’t know what, if any, tie-in there is between the two until very, very close. It will probably be like season 1, where we’ll get a script and go to a screening, or we’ll go to a screening and then get a script and go, “Oh boy.” But I also think there was a lot of complexity and difficulty in season 1 for the writers, in terms of having to kind of really leave what our show was really doing a secret until Winter Soldier came out — and in some ways it was detrimental to the show. I gotta say, I love when things tie in, I think the best version of the Marvel universe is the one where it’s all connected. I really hope that I see Charlie Cox or Krysten Ritter show up in one of those movies, I just love all that — or certainly some of the Inhumans from our show.
But I also really like that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is introducing a facet of the Inhumans that we’ve never seen before, and — again, all this is kind of spoilery. But when I read in the script that they come onto a ridge on this hill and they see an eons-old statue of the Hydra logo, and that turns out to be a creature, that that whole thing was always based on a being, and not just a symbol, that’s when I think our writers are getting to break open versions of Marvel story that really belong on our show, and our show carries its own weight. And more and more, it’s fun to see people getting into the world of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and not waiting so much for the crossover potential.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC Tuesday March 8th at 9 p.m. EST.