Clark Gregg Talks ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

Clark Gregg Agents of SHIELD season 2 interview
Clark Gregg in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/© 2014 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ended season one on a bang, leaving things wide open for a rebuilding of the series as S.H.I.E.L.D. will be in a stage of flux. At the 2014 San Diego Comic Con Clark Gregg was excited about the prospects for season two and about the introduction of new characters on the show.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to kick off season two on September 23, 2014 on ABC.

Clark Gregg Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Interview

This season you’ll be moving forward with a whole different version of S.H.I.E.L.D., based on the first season’s finale. How is that to play?

Clark Gregg: “I’m pretty stoked. I’ve had a series of moments you’ve probably heard me say with this thing where it went from my neighbor calling me up and asking me to do a couple of lines in Iron Man to the immensely talented Sam Jackson handing me a little black cube and making me director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and maybe an Avenger. But, I think I may be most excited about the concept of a post-Hydra reveal S.H.I.E.L.D. where S.H.I.E.L.D.’s outlawed and Nick Fury’s gone underground, there are no resources, and Coulson’s had to lose Agent Ward to Hydra.

To rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. from that point of view, kind of brace knuckles, back alley low-fi espionage is very exciting to me. And though we just started shooting yesterday, they kind of already out of the gate suddenly find the tremendously badass and really impressive Lucy Lawless at my side along with a much more ninja version of Skye. Agent May, who I now kind of trust again, and Fitz Simmons – we don’t know what kind of shape Fitz is in – to go forward with that team and probably, as far as I can tell, having to form some other teams and to be almost like a bunch of cells moving forward is a really exciting way to go and it really works well for television. It puts so much more of what they do on their wits and their knuckles.”

Do you think the Avengers will ever find out that you’re alive again now that you have to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D.? That’s going to be hard to keep under wraps for long.

Clark Gregg: “It seems trickier as Director Coulson. You’d think someone’s going to hear them say Director Coulson and someone’s going to ask. It’s the scene people want to see – I’m one of those people. The kind of day of reckoning where it gets explained to them. I really have a lot of fantasies about literally bumping into Steve Rogers in the laundrymat. Like, how could those exchanges get any more awkward?

I don’t get to decide where it will happen. The really fun thing about Marvel is for all I know it’ll be in The Avengers 3 or it’ll be on this season of our show, or it’ll be in a run of the comics. It could be in a video game for all I know. Wherever it happens, I’m there for it.”

Are there any Marvel characters you’ve been hoping to see?

Clark Gregg: “Very interested in seeing Carol Danvers. I’m very interested in learning who Skye’s dad is, as a fan because I have a feeling I’m going to be getting increasing levels of support from her. And as someone who apparently I’m told is up in the middle of the night writing in an alien language derived from perhaps a similar creature, it’s very interesting to see where that’s going to go to me. I did hear Bobby Morse today. That blew me away; that’s very exciting. As I said, we’ve got Lucy Lawless… The idea of rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D. means that we’re going to have to kind of go seek out some old friends and find out if they ever really were friends or if they were Hydra. Some of them will probably be Hydra. Some of them will be super-villains. There will be new super-villains, there will be new villains, there will be new friends. Hopefully some of them will be a little ‘super’, too.”


-By Rebecca Murray

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