Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Clark Gregg Talks Ghost Rider And The New Boss

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Over the years the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and their allies have seen all sorts of odd stuff: secret Nazi groups, aliens, inter-dimensional portals and mind-controlled agents among them.

Clark Gregg said, in a recent interview with Collider,  the Fitz/Simmons team have always come up with something that made sense to Coulson. There was always a solid foundation of science for Coulson to get a grip on.

“You can’t do this job and not really keep the focus on what’s scientifically provable. There’s always something that pushes past it, but Fitz and Simmons usually find a way to explain, on some level, even an expanded version of how science makes sense.” Gregg explained.

This time, though, it’s unlikely even crack super-scientists Fitz and Simmons will be able to come up with much. Coulson has had to come to terms with something of a supernatural onslaught in season four; what with ghosts popping up all over the place. We mean actual ghosts, including Ghost Rider A.K.A. Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna). Although, to be fair, this Ghost Rider is more a spirit who possesses Reyes after Reyes is killed in a gang hit.

“There’s a great supercut of all the looks on Coulson’s face when he thinks he’s seen everything, and then he sees the guy with the flaming skull, and then he sees the Destroyer in Thor, and then he sees the ghost people. I don’t think he was prepared for the magical part of this world,” Gregg told Collider.

On a selfish level, it’s such a great breath of fresh air, what that character and Gabriel Luna brought to our show. With Season 4, you’re like, “Okay, what can we do now?” And then, all of a sudden, you’ve got one of the coolest things.”

And how about the new boss? Will Coulson and Director Jeffrey Mace get on? Mace, after all, has his own secrets. Gregg feels that there’s a lot of work to be done as the characters find out more about each other – “I think Coulson keeps waiting to decide that this guy is bad news, but he doesn’t.”

Given the number of potential areas of conflict for the characters, it will be interesting to see how the relationship develops.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season four continues on ABC in US on January 10th. The full season will get to E4 in UK at a so-far unconfirmed date in January.

Carolyn Hucker