Clark Gregg first appeared as Agent Phil Coulson in the first Iron Man movie nearly 10 years ago. Since then, he’s played the character in three other movies, three video games, and two TV shows, including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is now in its fifth season. Having spent so much time with the character over the past decade, Gregg told us he hasn’t gotten bored because, in the superhero universe, there are so many different layers to each character. (Click on the media bar below to hear Clark Gregg)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Friday nights on ABC.
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Clark Gregg’s fan favorite character, Special Agent Phil Coulson, has come a long way from his bit part in 2008’s then-unexpected blockbuster, Iron Man. With ever-expanding roles in Iron Man 2 and Thor, and culminating in an important (some would almost say… terminal) supporting turn in 2012’s The Avengers, it seemed the natural choice to tap Gregg, who has a background in TV work (with recurring roles on The West Wing and Will & Grace), to headline the studio’s first attempt at prime time drama: Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
Through it all, Gregg has maintained a deep affection for a character who reveals new facets of himself with every script. “I am constantly learning more and more about the guy,” says Gregg, whose involvement in future Marvel films is yet to be determined — though, having his own TV show is probably a fair consolation prize. Speaking on Coulson’s constantly evolving character, Gregg cleverly compares him to a party game, “where the next person who gets a hold of him gets to write another sentence.”
(Click on the media bar below to hear more of Gregg’s thoughts on what it means to be an agent of SHIELD and what he loves about how Phil handles that role.)
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD airs Tuesday nights on ABC.
After the short-lived shows Firefly and Dollhouse, The Avengers director Joss Whedon may have another TV hit on his hands with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the freshman ABC series which premieres September 24th.
Whedon has always excelled at crafting stories centering on the occasionally perilous and soul searching journey of a close knight group of people, and that motif runs throughout his new project (which he executive produces).
“I’m always interested in people who are in very sort of pressure cooker situations…” said Whedon at the TCA summer press tour. “I like people who are sort of on the fringe of things and what’s great about S.H.I.E.L.D. is we have this organization, we have this history from the comic books, but these guys are out there by themselves, and a lot of the time that’s going to be both an advantage and real trouble for them. We can bond with them in a way (because) they don’t have every resource and they don’t have the answer at the end of every episode. That’s what really makes a group bond and that’s the sort of thing I like to write.”
So didn’t Agent Coulson die at the hands of Loki last summer in The Avengers? Well yes, but Clark Gregg explains his resurrection for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Click on the media bar below to hear Gregg talk about Coulson’s second shot at life:
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The lines are probably already forming for tomorrow’s highly-anticipated release of the super-hero epic THE AVENGERS. Gathering together some of the Marvel Universe’s most revered characters, the film actually delivers the goods and promises to put smiles on the faces of fanboys everywhere. Written and directed by JOSS WHEDON, the cast includes CHRIS HEMSWORTH, ROBERT DOWNEY JR., SCARLETT JOHANSSON, JEREMY RENNER, CHRIS EVANS, MARK RUFFALO, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, GWYNETH PALTROW and CLARK GREGG.
At the recent press conference to promote the film, JACKSON talked about WHEDON’S direction and a particular scene in which the entire cast is present and interacting in character. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO) LANGUAGE NSFW
THE AVENGERS opens in theaters tomorrow
The long-awaited and much-anticipated super-hero epic, THE AVENGERS, finally hits theaters this week and gathers together some of the most revered and recognized characters in the Marvel Universe for what fans hope will be a comic-book movie for the ages. Written and directed by fanboy favorite JOSS WHEDON, the cast includes CHRIS HEMSWORTH, ROBERT DOWNEY JR., SCARLETT JOHANSSON, JEREMY RENNER, CHRIS EVANS, MARK RUFFALO, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, GWYNETH PALTROW and CLARK GREGG.
At the recent press conference to promote the upcoming film, CHRIS EVANS fielded questions about making the film and admitted that ROBERT DOWNEY JR. was a comic master when it came to improvising dialog. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
THE AVENGERS opens in theaters Friday