TV News: Clark Gregg Talks Agent Coulson's 'Resurrection'

Written by Andrew Pollard Tuesday, 07 January 2014

TV News

Despite being killed off in Joss Whedon’s AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson returned to head-up Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. show. With speculation rampant as to just how Coulson is seemingly back from the dead, Gregg has been discussing the character’s resurrection with TV Guide.

The actor said, “As a fanboy, I thought, ‘How are they going to do this? They’ve been keeping this for 10 episodes.’ We know that there’s something bogus about the magical place concept. He can’t even say Tahiti without turning into a robot. Is he a robot? How did they bring him back? Is he some kind of Life Model Decoy, as all the Marvel fans think? Is he the Vision? There’s all these theories. How do you do this for real and really pay it off? At the same time, you don’t want them to go, ‘Well, I guess that’s the finale of the show. There’s really no need to continue after this. The bullet was in the chamber, now it’s completely blown.’”

Gregg elaborated, “When I read the script, I was blown away because it’s completely satisfying to me as a fanboy, and, as probably the biggest fanboy in Phil Coulson in the Marvel Universe, because it’s not a tease, it’s: here’s what’s happened! At the same time, what they’ve crafted not only opens up enough questions that are at the existential core of Phil Coulson and his relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D., but really set the direction for the back end of the season and the future of the series. I was very, very impressed with what they delivered here.”

When asked about possible ‘Tahiti’ flashbacks, Gregg responded, “I wouldn’t call them flashbacks. That doesn’t seem like a term that does them justice. We know that these people [Centipede] are ruthless. We’ve already seen them kill many people. The one thing this clairvoyant person wants is the one the thing they can’t see. The only thing the clairvoyant doesn’t know is this: there’s a blank spot. They have technology that can reveal those memories, and it’s not a pleasant experience for Coulson. Yet, if he can endure it, there is a possibility that he can get the truth, although to even go down that road endangers all the secrets of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

The main rumours surrounding Coulson’s return have been that he’s either an LMD or will eventually be revealed as the Vision, so it’s good to see Gregg name-drop those particular paths of logic.

How do you think things will pan out for Agent Coulson, and how do you feel about the AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. show in general? Let’s just say, it certainly divides opinion amongst the Starburst crew...

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0 #5 Steve Gravy 2014-01-10 04:25
Here be the genesis of Butch Whoppercock...
0 #4 Andrew Marshall 2014-01-09 15:43
I henceforth declare that all references to Ward should be replaced with Butch Whoppercock (such an awesome name!) and that the rest of the team should also given dodgy porn monikers like Scotch Crotch and Geekytits Gleamyskin and much better names I may be able to come up with when I haven't been staring at the same frickin' spreadsheet all bloody day.
0 #3 Andrew Pollard 2014-01-08 20:21
My main problem is that is seems scared to take any real risks. There was the one episode where Simmons looked to be a goner, but they had Butch Whoppercock make the jet pack-assisted save. That episode had my interest, the rest of not so much so.

Agreed with Andrew, it's a case of I've watched every episode for a sense of completion and in case something interesting does happen. That seems like a prolonged wait right now...
0 #2 Andrew Marshall 2014-01-08 15:27
I'm enjoying the show a lot more than other people seem to be. Granted, it's not the highlight of my crammed viewing schedule, but I've dragged my way through far far worse in the name of completion.

I think at least some of the hostility against it is down to the initial assumption it would be a 40-minute Avengers every week, which as expectations go is as high as it is unrealistic.

If it survives to a second series, I reckon it will move from the current "problem of the week" format and develop into more of a mytharc show, which will likely be a lot more satisfying.
0 #1 Dwankie Dave 2014-01-07 19:49
I consider it "enjoyable trash TV" but it really should have been so much more. If the Coulson reveal proves ineresting it could improve things. Whats needed is a jaw dropping twist to give it (and the viewer) a kick up the arse.

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