Introduced with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the first Iron Man film, Clark Gregg‘s Phil Coulson character became a fast fan favorite. Sadly, the character was (SPOILER WARNING!) killed in the first Avengers film, but because deaths in movies and TV don’t always stick, Coulson was revived for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the ABC TV show that will be starting its fifth season on Friday, December 1.
We recently caught up with Clark Gregg at the studio where Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is filmed for his impressions of the new season.
“I stand in awe,” he said of what happens once we see S.H.I.E.L.D. in space. “I’ve said it a lot, but I just stand in awe of the way our writers and our producers just …. even after our most successful season by most accounts, in season four, [they] just tear the whole thing apart and just take us to an entirely new universe. It reminds me of comics, you know when one rolls over [and] it’s a whole new ballgame. It’s really thrilling because I think if we were still basically doing the same thing as we were doing in our first ten episodes we’d probably be a little bored by now,” he continued, adding that there’s some “incredible” new blood in the cast this year.
With the recent Avengers: Infinity War trailer recently being released and the love for Coulson persisting, it isn’t surprising that Clark Gregg still has fans wanting to know when Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will learn that their friend Phil Coulson is again among the living.
“It’s really touching to me how much the fans stay obsessed with the idea of when the Avengers are going to learn Coulson’s alive. find that so touching. I think the Avengers have moved on, they’re busy,” he said before pivoting to what it is that makes the TV series so special.
“I think it’s a great credit to the show and the characters and the actors who brought these characters to life and to our production team, to Mark Kolpack’s visual effects and to the great writing of our writers, Jed, Mo and Jeff, because I think there’s a growing number of people who kind of feel like this feels like a part of that bigger world and they want to see the various worlds. Whether it’s the incredible Netflix world of New York, they just want at some point feel that this is one big story, which I still believe it is, and you know, when the time is right, who knows,” he teased.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 premieres this Friday, December 1 on ABC. Find more coverage related to the season premiere here!