When it comes to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., one thing the show has always been great at is its ability to constantly reinvent itself with each mew season. Going into season four, along with introducing a character like Ghost Rider (played by Gabriel Luna), the show also made it a point to return to its roots so to speak, by removing Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and returning him to his original role as an Agent. Taking some time out from his busy schedule during NYCC, Gregg talked to the folks over at Comicbook.com about what it was like to see his character return to his former role as an Agent and whether or not he was upset by the change.
In typical Gregg fashion, the actor was quick to reassure fans that he’s completely behind the change, noting that he believes in the team behind the show and the story they’re out to tell.
“No, everything Jedd, and Maurissa, and Jeff Bell and our writers come up with, luckily it has more complexity like you said. It’s eating away at him to have somebody else running and potentially putting his people in danger, that’s really hard.”
He also went on to explain that he never really felt that his character had set out to serve as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. to begin with. In fact, as far as Gregg is concerned, Coulson did a better job of ‘fulfilling his purpose most purely’ while serving as an Agent under Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
“On the other hand, I don’t think his goal in life was to be the director of SHIELD, I think he felt he was fulfilling his purpose most purely when he was, and having the most fun probably, was kind of the key field agent for Nick Fury, his go-to guy for stuff.”
What do you think of the shakeup? Do you prefer Coulson back in the field or do you prefer him as the Director? Sound off in the comments below!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays on ABC at 10 PM EST.