Clark Gregg On The Best Part Of Playing Agents Of SHIELD’s Agent Phil Coulson

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The end of season five of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. saw Agents Coulson (Clark Gregg) and May (Ming Na Wen) off to spend Coulson’s few remaining days together on the beaches of Tahiti (it’s a magical place).

Then season six saw Gregg returning in the guise of the mysterious Sarge, who turned out to look like Coulson for a very odd reason.

In a Variety interview recently Gregg said it was fun and thrilling to play Sarge, because the character knew what was going on and didn’t have to worry about all the little moral complexities that Coulson obsesses about.

The finale of season six saw the ‘real’ Coulson return as a Life Model Decoy, upgraded with Chronicom tech and full knowledge of the events since his (most recent) death.

So the latest, and last ever, season, sees the S.H.I.E.L.D. gang back together to save the world (again), this time from the Chronicoms who plan to settle Earth.

The season started with the agents stuck in 1930s New York, trying to work out how to stop the Chronicoms, and with the past, present and future of Earth at stake.

A couple of days ago Collider interviewed Gregg about playing Coulson over the years. When asked what was the best thing about the 12 year ride, Gregg was in no doubt.

Honestly, it’s the relationships and the people that I was in those early MCU movies with. When I see them, there’s a brotherhood or sisterhood. We did something together that really was special and became part of a different kind of storytelling, in my view, of movies that were each a chapter in a bigger story.”

Gregg continued “And I feel the same way, and in some ways even deeper, with my S.H.I.E.L.D. team, from Chloe [Bennet] and Iain [De Caestecker] and Ellizabeth [Henstridge] and Ming [Na Wen], and then later Henry [Simmons], and a lot of the other people who have come along, and the amazing guest stars, the ones that I miss so much, like Bill Paxton and Ruth Negga.”

Gregg also pays tribute to the writers and directors who “really just made my life richer, so I’m really grateful to all of them.”

And also,” he concludes, “the other big relationship is that there are fans around the world, who have a connection to Coulson. When I meet them, it’s an honor.”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season seven is currently airing on ABC on Wednesday at 10/9c. 

Carolyn Hucker