The franchise of feature films known as Marvel Phase One, which culminated with last summer's epic blockbuster smash 'Marvel's The Avengers,' is pretty much the realization of every Marvel fan's fantasies. Later, when 'Marvel's The Avengers' writer and director Joss Whedon announced that he would be working with his brother on a pilot set in that same cinematic universe, those fans were even more ecstatic. And shortly thereafter, when Whedon announced that Clark Gregg would be reprising his popular Agent Phil Coulson character in the ABC drama pilot, those fans were... confused?
We saw Loki mortally wound Coulson in 'Marvel's The Avengers;' then he heard Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) tell Earth's mightiest heroes that Coulson had died. Of course, we know we can't trust Fury--his secrets have secrets--but just how are they going to explain Coulson's return? Well that plot point is being kept under wraps for now... but that didn't stop Gregg from teasing a little about what happens to Coulson while Gregg was out promoting his latest directorial effort 'Trust Me.'
"I don’t know how you could not change going through what he went through," Gregg says of Coulson's state of mind during the show. "I think if he hadn’t gone through some kind of change, it wouldn’t be any good. That said, I don’t know if he understands how much he’s changed."
When pressed to reveal just how Coulson has changed, Gregg wouldn't budge--but he assures fans that they won't be disappointed.
"When Joss described to me the mystery, and the complexity and the unanswered questions about Phil Coulson standing there trying to deal with this, I found it so fascinating and so true to the world of the comics and mythology in general as I understand them that I was immediately in."
But wait... the heroes were galvanized by Coulson's murder! Do they not know that he's returned?
"[S]ome level of deception must have been perpetrated on the Avengers," Gregg teases, "It must have been. I think."