Clark Gregg's Coulson Is a Rookie with a Man-Crush in Captain Marvel

Plus, Gregg and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. costars Chloe Bennet and Elizabeth Henstridge tease Coulson's return and looking for a frozen time traveler.

by | February 5, 2019 | Comments

Click to see full poster image.

Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) has a habit of dying: First in film Marvel’s The Avengers, and more recently at the end of season 5 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But this is Marvel, after all, and Gregg has already appeared in the ABC series’ season 6 trailer. And, either way, you’ll get to see Coulson again in March 8 film release Captain Marvel.

Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN MARVEL..Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) ..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019
(Photo by Film Frame/©Marvel Studios)

“He might be a little bit of a rookie new guy who doesn’t know what he’s doing,” Gregg told Rotten Tomatoes at ABC’s party at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Tuesday. “He might have a man-crush on Nick Fury that makes his Chris Evans one look feeble.”

Set in the ’90s, Captain Marvel tells the story of how Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) got recruited by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson, pictured above). Coulson would be just beginning his S.H.I.E.L.D. career back then.

Gregg began his Marvel career as the character in 2008’s Iron Man. Eleven years of Marvel movies and TV have passed since then, and Coulson has experienced numerous twists and turns in his S.H.I.E.L.D. career.

Captain Marvel takes place decades earlier, which required applying the same digital de-aging technology that made Michael Douglas, Kurt Russell, and Robert Downey, Jr. younger in the movies. This is pre–eye patch for Fury, so Jackson gets the treatment, too.

Clark Gregg in screencap from Captain Marvel trailer (Marvel Studios)
(Photo by Marvel Studios)

“Sadly it was digital,” Gregg said. “I really wish they would follow me around and do that. From the few shots I’ve seen — I haven’t seen much yet — I’m like Wow, I don’t think I ever looked quite that good. It was fun to be in a Blockbuster [Video store]. It was fun to see some MTV videos, some exciting ’90s stuff.”

Early images from Captain Marvel have revealed the Kree, which has led some to suggest the Kree–Skrull war from the comics might be coming either in Captain Marvel or a subsequent adventure.

The Kree have been featured on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so Captain Marvel could portray Coulson’s first contact with Kree.

“It could be,” Gregg said. “It could be. I think fans of the show will have an awfully good time watching Captain Marvel. I think they’ll see some origin stuff.”

Gregg was doing double-duty while filming Captain Marvel and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6, but team Marvel was good at working out his schedule.

“Luckily it’s all under the giant powerful Marvel umbrella so the coordination was really good,” Gregg said. “I was shooting some of Captain Marvel during our season, some after. Some quite recently.”

We won’t see Gregg’s return to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. until this summer, but Gregg has been teasing his new character. He confirmed to Rotten Tomatoes that he will have a new name.

“I do have a new costume and a new name apparently,” Gregg said. “They will call me something else.”

2019 TCA WINTER PRESS TOUR - Talent, executives and showrunners from ABC and Freeform series arrived at the 2019 TCA Winter Press Tour carpet, at The Langham Huntington, in Pasadena, California. (ABC/Image Group LA) CLARK GREGG
(Photo by ABC/Image Group LA)

Gregg knows his new character name. His costars know it, too, but no one is telling.

“I do, yes. Really, the only person who doesn’t know is you,” he teased.

The season premiere will see Gregg direct his second episode of the series. Like all Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season premieres, it resets everything.

“They were kind enough to give me the first episode of this season which is huge, the huge return they always do which is tear everything down to the studs and start over basically,” Gregg said. “People are grieving the loss of Phil Coulson. There’s mysterious non human entities suddenly manifesting on Earth so the Earth crew has to deal with that. Meanwhile, the team’s divided by a whole nother group combing the galaxy for the frozen time traveling iteration of Fitz.”

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - ABCs "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Ó stars Henry Simmons as Alphonso "Mack" MacKenzie, Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, and Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons. (ABC/Matthias Clamer)

Fitz (Ian De Caestecker) was another casualty of season 5. Fortunately, the way time travel works means there is an earlier version of Fitz out there somewhere. Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) is determined to bring him back.

“Simmons is not really grieving for Fitz, because she is convinced that she will find him,” Henstridge said. “So we have a little team doing that and then a team back on Earth too.”

Daisy (Chloe Bennet) is helping Simmons and the duo are traveling the galaxy.

“It’s been a fun season for Simmons and Daisy, because we got to be partners in crime a little bit on our journey trying to find Fitz,” Bennet said.

Gregg added: “Daisy’s got her back and they are going to every different kind of species and culture and planet in the galaxy, meeting the species there. And then Daisy’s going to kick their ass until they give up Fitz.”

Henstridge also said that the lighter side of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would return after a few seasons of dark drama.

“It’s also funny this season,” Henstridge said. “There are some episodes that are really funny that we haven’t been able to do comedy for quite a while. It’s been very serious.”

2019 TCA WINTER PRESS TOUR - Talent, executives and showrunners from ABC and Freeform series arrived at the 2019 TCA Winter Press Tour carpet, at The Langham Huntington, in Pasadena, California. (ABC/Image Group LA) CLARK GREGG

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been off the air since Avengers: Infinity War opened. The subsequent film Ant Man and the Wasp addressed Thanos’s snap wiping out 50 percent of the universe (at least in its closing moments). Will Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be affected by the snap?

“I don’t know how that fits into our timeline,” Gregg said. “That’s not something we’re allowed to discuss. If we even say ‘snap,’ we might vanish.”

Henry Simmons did not attend the ABC party, but Gregg also wanted to shout out his character, Mack, becoming director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

“One of the other storylines that I find really compelling has to do with Mack, played by Henry Simmons, who has really had a slow journey into the heart of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Gregg said. “He really puts his ass on the line when he’s there, but I think at times he’s wanted to be out. Now that he’s the Director, watching just the gravity with which he takes that job and how difficult it is on his relationship with Yo-Yo and how dedicated he is to finding a way to pull off what this team needs to pull off, he does an amazing job.”

Captain Marvel opens March 8 and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC this summer.

Tag Cloud

TV renewals Amazon Prime disaster CNN doctor who cancelled television NBC serial killer Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt crime Marvel unscripted Mary Tyler Moore crime thriller children's TV TCA 2017 Election Freeform Countdown First Reviews FX on Hulu Disney Plus MCU SDCC Winter TV Sundance TV Quiz game of thrones BBC America finale period drama Film RT21 justice league Universal PBS RT History SundanceTV ratings A&E adventure Ovation Winners dragons 45 spy thriller Brie Larson nature Creative Arts Emmys YouTube Red Vudu facebook Trophy Talk GIFs HBO Max Opinion directors dramedy CBS All Access Paramount Network anime television Netflix Christmas movies biography GLAAD Academy Awards Reality Interview GoT free movies dc based on movie Trailer Logo sag awards Baby Yoda MTV Extras joker Set visit Lifetime Writers Guild of America See It Skip It cats Red Carpet FXX cars harry potter vampires Rock video Film Festival Mary Poppins Returns American Society of Cinematographers Bravo tv talk LGBT Star Wars series ABC Family Musicals TV Land versus 2016 zombies Fantasy 2015 book christmas movies DC streaming service OWN Chernobyl canceled TV shows TIFF TBS Biopics Paramount aliens Endgame what to watch Shudder Valentine's Day Oscars boxoffice Lionsgate Ghostbusters kids Polls and Games jamie lee curtis slashers APB Fox News 71st Emmy Awards Starz Esquire foreign Calendar spider-man Amazon Prime Video Showtime Comedy Central Anna Paquin Nominations Classic Film reviews elevated horror Rocketman screen actors guild DirecTV El Rey LGBTQ Syfy Marvel Television witnail Disney Channel Dark Horse Comics VICE cops revenge San Diego Comic-Con AMC Comedy Discovery Channel romance south america Mystery Shondaland 2020 strong female leads sequel anthology dogs Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Animation Television Academy New York Comic Con Marvel Studios name the review Amazon Studios DGA Columbia Pictures game show ABC binge Ellie Kemper Apple TV Plus HBO Box Office Mudbound Turner Reality Competition Emmys Nat Geo Amazon docudrama TCA BET X-Men halloween transformers Awards The Witch Podcast Thanksgiving Horror Superheroe werewolf scary movies ITV Schedule Epix The Arrangement Hallmark Christmas movies cinemax teaser dceu festivals hispanic Star Trek movie Comics on TV Summer Avengers Tumblr Photos singing competition YouTube OneApp cults Women's History Month Spring TV political drama BBC National Geographic robots richard e. Grant E! Masterpiece Walt Disney Pictures thriller The CW Funimation independent Character Guide adaptation Mary poppins blockbuster space canceled DC Comics psycho war Rocky Emmy Nominations science fiction cancelled zombie Rom-Com movies Awards Tour 2017 2018 Country Premiere Dates diversity Trivia TV IFC Films Tubi mutant History 007 latino Travel Channel Pop TV spain psychological thriller travel TCA Winter 2020 2019 DC Universe E3 Turner Classic Movies renewed TV shows cancelled TV shows Cosplay Sony Pictures YA Apple TV+ Cartoon Network Toys Year in Review Musical Family sports crossover Pixar spanish language CMT comiccon Elton John Spike Pop SXSW Tomatazos Comic Book Holiday discovery stand-up comedy comics Stephen King 24 frames Heroines technology natural history rotten movies we love Spectrum Originals Cannes Kids & Family true crime ESPN Pride Month Crackle Certified Fresh cartoon President cooking Drama hist CW Seed FX theme song The Walking Dead Music TNT Arrowverse casting Sci-Fi green book politics Captain marvel Grammys Hulu Britbox Pirates Teen Marathons Western miniseries Super Bowl Sundance Sneak Peek Sundance Now MSNBC Nickelodeon Video Games medical drama TLC social media Best and Worst Superheroes quibi documentary Black History Month reboot Fall TV police drama Black Mirror USA USA Network First Look Disney Watching Series NYCC Peacock ghosts Acorn TV A24 romantic comedy toy story Action indie Martial Arts supernatural CBS franchise golden globes 20th Century Fox Crunchyroll IFC YouTube Premium universal monsters Mindy Kaling Binge Guide Disney+ Disney Plus Holidays mockumentary Warner Bros. VH1 streaming Tarantino The Purge TCM batman Lifetime Christmas movies spinoff Adult Swim cancelled TV series Apple Pet Sematary PaleyFest Song of Ice and Fire Lucasfilm talk show FOX TruTV crime drama comic WGN Netflix Christmas blaxploitation zero dark thirty Infographic breaking bad sitcom Hallmark Food Network animated award winner 21st Century Fox WarnerMedia screenings composers Disney streaming service historical drama