Agent Coulson lives! For once, one of the many characters killed off by cult hero Joss Whedon ultimately survived an untimely death.
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Last seen expiring after a lethal blow from Tom Hiddleston's Loki in The Avengers, Agent Coulson is back in a major way this fall. As the leader of the team in ABC's new drama Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson is about to start living out a new lease on life. But how and why did Coulson survive? And what does it mean for Clark Gregg to return to the Marvel universe?
Gregg talked to reporters at San Diego Comic Con about his character's surprise resurrection and translating the world of The Avengers for the small screen.
Check out the full interview below:
Highlights from the interview:
- Gregg grew up reading comic books and he's a huge genre nerd. He was called up by his neighbor Jon Favreau to ask if he wanted a small part in the first Iron Man movie.
- It was really moving to Gregg when fans launched a campaign to save Coulson because he's an avatar for the regular person.
- The first time he came to Comic Con he was able to walk the floor and buy his favorite comics, and the next year he was shocked to see people dressed up as Coulson. He was glad he missed SDCC last year though, because he saw pictures of people dressed up as zombie Coulson and that would have been too upsetting.
- He said Joss is the true mayor of Comic Con, but Coulson is like the junior duke of Comic Con.
- "There are a few actors from the Whedonverse who aren't happy with me," Gregg jokes about Coulson coming back from the dead.
- It's a hopeful show according to Gregg. It's an optimistic world on S.H.I.E.L.D. but it's bigger than anything he's ever seen on TV.
- Coulson used to recruit elite superheroes and now he's recruiting elite humans, has Coulson lost his job? "We'd have to talk to Director Fury about why he's been tasked to do this. He sends Coulson to the hottest zones he's got."
- He says Marvel are like the grandmasters of chess and there are infinite possibilities of how they can move things around. He says Marvel keeps taking the coolest possible opportunities.
- He also notes some of the Avengers, like Pepper Potts, might feel taken advantage of when they learn Coulson is alive.
- "For all I know I might be a ghost," Gregg says, admitting he knows more than reporters but not all that much more.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres September 24 at 8pm ET on ABC.
(Image and video: Morgan Glennon)