If you haven’t seen the “The Avengers,” then you might want to stop reading now. There’s a major spoiler coming. You’ve been warned.
I had the chance to sit down with Clark Gregg to talk with him about his new feature film “The To Do List” that opens at the end of July. He plays an overly protective father who has a lot of trouble dealing with the sexual maturing of his youngest daughter (Aubrey Plaza).
Being the comic book geek that I am, the conversation finally got around to his role as Agent Coulson in several of the feature films based on Marvel Comics including “Iron Man” and “Thor.” It looked like that character was dead and gone after “The Avengers” but Gregg will be reprising the role for the upcoming ABC series “Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Gregg was told Agent Coulson would be killed in “The Avengers” and his days of fighting side-by-side with the Hulk, Captain American and other heroes had come to an end. But, after the filming wrapped, Gregg kept hoping that this really wasn’t the end. The character comes from a comic book world where no death is permanent.
“Then I heard a rumor that there was going to be a funeral for Agent Coulson in the second Thor movie,” Gregg says.
It looked like the end had come but Gregg needed to be certain. He fired off a text to Kevin Feige, President of Production at Marvel Studios, asking if the character was really dead. He didn’t get a response for weeks and took that as a sign his fears weren’t unfounded.
“Then I finally go a call a couple of weeks later saying they had a plan,” Gregg says.
That plan was for him to star in the new TV series that launches in the fall. It doesn’t matter how Coulson is alive and kicking, Gregg’s just happy he gets to keep playing the part.