The new Joss Whedon S.H.I.E.L.D. television production is looming on the horizon of 2013, but it’s been a while since there’s been anyone talking about it. This time the information is coming to us via Clark Gregg, also known as “the ghost of Agent Coulson” or “zombie Coulson” or “robot-vampire-ninja Coulson” or whatever. Check it out after the jump.
When talking to Collider, Gregg spoke a bit about the Coulson Lives conundrum. He discussed the character, though only teased us about the how and why of Coulson’s continued existence. Warning! NO spoilers ahead!
About his work with Coulson in past and future:
I’ve been so happy and living this geek fantasy as they kept adding Agent Coulson to everything including The Avengers and then gave him this magnificent, almost Shakespearean death scene, and I found out on that day how much I loved this guy and had come to identify with him partly because of the way fans responded to him, and also because he had such a great niche in those movies. He got to be funny, he got to be, in this case, heroic. And then I got to say good-bye to him, and it was a very emotional day. And yet I feel what Joss did with that was a fantastic conclusion of the character.
And even though my friends at Marvel said, ‘You know, we spent a lot of time talking about how Coulson lives, and we know that there’s a movement out there, and there are t-shirts and people paint on bridges ‘Coulson Lives’, we’re going to bring you back’, and it’s one of the many things people tell you that never ever happens. And then I get this call from Joss saying, ‘Well…there’s a script. And here’s what we’re thinking, and it’s after The Avengers, and here’s the concept.’ By the time Joss finished telling me, I was in … After people see the show, they’ll have some clue as to why I’m still there, still breathing. But I don’t think they’ll know everything.
And about the strangely overwhelming success he’s experienced with the character:
I signed a multi-year deal for Agent Coulson when it was just three lines. It just turned into something more. It’s always a little nerve-wracking because it’s not something you’re used to. We have designed obsolescence, we actors. At the same time, the relationship between Agent Coulson and the fans is moving to me, and I don’t think it comes along very often, and I’ve been doing this a while. And some of this stuff is happening to me when I’m not in my 20s, not by a long shot. Once I knew that Joss and his brother Jed and Maurissa, his wife, were involved, and I saw the script, and thought, “This is what it’s going to be like,” then there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.
He also mentioned that the story arc surrounding Coulson’s return from the dead will not only be important to the first season of S.H.I.E.L.D., but will also carry with it a bit of a mystery.
See, what did I tell you? No damn spoilers! We’ll all just have to wait until S.H.I.E.L.D. comes out this fall to find out how Coulson put the smack-down on the Grim Reaper.
Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.