‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Star Says Coulson Explanation is Worth the Wait

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Agents of SHIELD Ratings Dropping Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Star Says Coulson Explanation is Worth the Wait

While the diehard Marvel fans have rallied around Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., everyone banking on the ABC series’ success knows that some work is needed to keep viewers tuning in – and hopefully win back those who’ve left already. ¬†Few points have been more divisive than the mystery of Agent Coulson’s resurrection – and just how slowly the show’s writers have been addressing it.

A mystery is useful in hooking viewers, especially the millions who lined up to see The Avengers, but the lack of any answers has clearly worn thin. According to star Clark Gregg, the second half of the show’s debut season will face that issue head on. First, by answering the question: what exactly happened to Agent Coulson?

Everyone who witnessed Coulson’s death at the hands of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) knew that if Joss Whedon and his team of writers were making the Marvel mainstay the star of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., they must have a darn good explanation for why he’s still alive and kicking. Whedon maintained that the question would be answered, but even now, all that’s been provided are vague teases and a mysterious link to Tahiti (we hear it’s a magical place).

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That growing impatience among fans is something that Gregg admits to understanding, and explained in an interview with Zap2It that the mystery of his return being solved won’t just be the climax of the season, but a launching point for all that comes afterwards:

“People have been patient in really wanting to know the true nature of the secrets. … We’re going to get a big fat window at the real truth, and it’s going to be very, very surprising. When I read the sequence, I just stopped and put the script down and went ‘Wow. That was worth waiting for.'”

Gregg’s reaction isn’t entirely surprising, as producer Jed Whedon has promised that the writing team is doing their best to make the reveal surprising, if nothing else – a task made difficult by the hordes of online theorists. So if the answer to Coulson’s escape from death is enough to make the actor’s wait worthwhile, hopefully fans will feel the same way.

Exactly how many fans there will be by the time that happens remains to be seen, as a tie-in episode with Thor: The Dark World, finding a unique voice for the series, and promising more Marvel connections in the future have all been used to help slow the declining ratings. But there’s nothing that will grab headlines and eyeballs like a full-blown reveal of just what happened to Phil Coulson.

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But Gregg explains that the revealed secret won’t be simply checking off a box on a list of nagging questions, but setting the stage for the storyline which brings the show’s first season to a head:

“The way our team has kind of turned the back half of this season into a reveal that uses the mystery of Coulson’s death not just as a standalone reveal but as an integral part of the bigger reveal, which is that this organization Centipede, run by this person the Clairvoyant, has been part of almost everything we’ve done and connects on a deep level to everything going forward. [Centipede] is determined to destroy SHIELD and, to Coulson’s chagrin, has some of the same questions about SHIELD that Coulson himself is starting to evolve.”

“The fact that they’ve already managed to kind of make the reveal of what Coulson’s doing alive [be] the one thing that the Clairvoyant wants is just part of the way the back half of this season is going to be — more exciting and more satisfying than the first half of this season, where so much work had to be done to kind of set up this world of these people and this team, and all these separate pieces get kind of woven together.”

There’s no question that Gregg is determined to play the company man for Marvel, even as Coulson’s loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s methods is wavering – a plot point that Gregg claims is similarly integral to his character’s arc in the coming episodes. But at this point, most viewers will likely hold off on granting the benefit of the doubt.

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The showrunners have a lot of work ahead of them, but if the long-awaited answers truly are worth the wait (and truly avoid the most obvious explanations), then they’re off to a good start.

Reinforcements are also on the way in the form of a new supervillain, two new S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and a potential crossover with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so if the second half of the season continues to struggle, it will be hard to come up with excuses.

Do Gregg’s comments renew your hopes that the show can be turned around in its second half? Or do your issues with the show lie elsewhere? Share your thoughts in the comments. resurrection


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Part 2 will premiere on ABC on Tuesday January 7, 2014.

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  1. The problem with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lies not with the show, but with the expectations of the viewers. Despite numerous claims by the show to NOT have guest appearance by Marvel heroes, that is the exact reason why people are voicing their displeasure. I am thoroughly pleased with the show’s growth and character development. I think it’s original and inventive. Despite the fact that I have been a Marvel fan since I was 12 (I am now 50 and still a fan), I am smart enough to pay attention to the disclaimer and just enjoy the show for what it is: a show about the AGENTS, not the heroes. Hence the title. I look forward to more shows and the mystery to be revealed about Agent Coulson ‘getting better’ after Loki had killed him. This show is exactly as advertised. I like it!

    • I hate it when people use the “there will not be any guest appearance by Marvel heroes” arguement. My expectations were high, yes, but not because of the whole superhero thing but more for providing a series that can deliver quality writing much in the way that the movies were done. It’s not something new and is very common and in there was my expectations. What I got was a cop show with a Marvel brand that has lazy writing, loads of plot holes, a cast that doesn’t offer any sustance, and acting that is average at best. At times, I feel like they even know that the show is garbage and supply just an average performance. The Tuesday lineups are getting stronger while this show is getting weaker.

      • Exactly.

        I feel that those who use the “people expected to see superheroes so that’s why they hate the show” are completely clueless to the many problems the show has. I mean, why grasp at straws with that ridiculous idea?

        The only expectation we had was that AoS would be a well written, well acted show that expanded the world Marvel’s movies were set in without having to rely on the superheroes the movies are based on.

        What we actually got was a terrible show with poor writing, poor acting, no tension or excitement and now they’re considering shoehorning heroes into it because they also assume people want to see Thor and Iron Man on the show when actually, we don’t.

        • +1000. My feelings exactly. And if Clark Gregg wasn’t starring and it didn’t have the Marvel logo slapped on it, nobody would give a sh*t about this show.

  2. I’d rather tear my own d*ck off and throw it in the river, than watch this show again.

    • Nobody is stopping you. Go for it!

    • I am almost tempted to kidnap you and tie you down and show you the worst episode of the season to see what happens. LOL

      • But then realised that to show him the worst episode of the season, you’d need to handcuff him in front of a TV for 10 hours straight and decided that waterboarding was a less cruel form of torture?

        • That would be even worse than the dreaded Pauly Shore Movie Marathon.

  3. @atgent @jamesf

    Really hopping they turn out to be a cell of AIM.. As in IM3 they are the ones that made extremis. Personally, one of the many complaint was to not have enough tie ins with the MCU, they should have just made it obvious that centipede is on of the many off-shoots of AIM. The “mystery” of who centipede is rather idiotic and boring, if it takes all of shield and the team a whole season to figure that out it will be somewhat baffling. Sky can hack seemingly anything yet none of them can link AIM to centipede? meh. My own speculation would be that AIM abandoned the extremis project and sold it off to a more desperate or reckless group, namely centepede. Because is they are one an the same still and nobodies figure that out, how useless is shield then?

    • Which is why in my opinion it makes more sense that Centipede are their own organisation working for AIM, much like The Ten Rings. It means there’s never anything to connect them Centipede to AIM although it makes a lot of sense really at this point.

      Hydra hasn’t been around since the events of The First Avenger since their leader got himself killed, Zodiac haven’t been introduced and AIM are the only people smart enough to set this all up. We’ve already seen that their good at campaigning for test subjects like Mike Peterson and using shell companies and other organisations as covers is something we’ve seen AIM do in the past. What I’m getting at is that if they are working for AIM whoever is in charge wouldn’t be stupid enough to give Skye anything that could be seen as evidence linking AIM to Centipede.

      They’d want Centipede to look like it’s doing it’s own thing so should those guys get taken down they can’t say “Hey the AIM guys made me do it!” in fact the eye bomb/camera gadgets that some of those turned Shield agents are wearing seem like the kind of tech AIM would use. For all we know the leader of Centipede has one of those in them giving them instructions so they might not even be aware of AIM’s connection to their terrorist cell. Nobody knows who is really in charge therefore nobody can leak the truth.

  4. Does anyone still watch this show?

    • Yes.

    • Yes.

  5. @Jamesf i hope its at least connected to AIM.. i mean it has to be, they created extremis.. Perhaps following iM3, AIM have up and sold off the research to a more desperate or reckless group, namely centepede. Again centepede could just be the next phase of extremis and still govermened by AIM. Then why wouldn’t sheild.. Or Sky since she can seemingly bask ANYYHING not have figured that out yet? I would like it to be a nod to the fact that AIM, post IM3 is getting more fanatical and desperate.. Hopefully culminating in the creation of the MODOK entity. That would be interesting.. Still though, more tangible connections to the MCU has been a big complaint, the AIM angle would be an obvious one to exploit and make clear in the show.

    • Even if it isn’t a perfected version of Extremis is something AIM would want to get their hands on. Don’t worry it makes sense to keep AIM around since the idea of Iron Man 3 was the power behind symbols and how you can’t stop an idea,

      There’s always going to be someone who is prepared to continue the work that The Mandarin and AIM started whether that’s Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin (returned after tricking everyone which BTW is just a theory of mine) or George Tarleton. I’m also hoping that AOS makes some kind of reference of nod to Modok in the show maybe even if it is like I said above George Tarleton taking over AIM, to me it makes more sense to have him as a senior member of AIM rather then just some guy they turned into MODOK.

      But I don’t think Centipede are going to be AIM themselves. Basically do you watch the spy comedy Chuck? In that there was an organisation called Fulcrum and at one point in the show they work for another terrorist organisation called The Ring. Their not the same organisation but they do work together from time to time.

      I think it’ll be like that. Centipede work with AIM (or rather under them) but their more like the pilot fish to the bigger threat that AIM poses. There’s also always the Ten Rings to exploit, maybe AIM gets into a position where they have control over numerous smaller terrorist organisations/cells so they can wage war with SHIELD.

      It’d help to bring them onto the same threat level as say Hydra or Zodiac in the MCU.

      • perfected version of Extremis + gamma radiation = Red Hulk

        • That’d be awesome but I’d rather they saved Red Hulk for a future Hulk sequel.

  6. I see this being bought by LifeTime soon .

    • Right. My wife told me a couple weeks ago that this show is as good as Witches of the East End and that wasn’t saying much LOL

  7. Finally people are getting Tired of this Stupid Show…..Its about Time

    • I got tired of your mom last night and then kicked her out.

  8. Who cares about what happened to Colson? I stopped watching months ago and I just check the ratings and see how low they will go. However, the DVR ratings will save this show and Marvel will not make any course corrections.

  9. I’d rather die of dehydration from severe diarrhea, than watch this show.. Ever again.

    They need to take AoS and Laurel from ARROW and throw them into MUSTAFAR. Good god I don’t have time for this crap.

    It would also be great during an episode of AoS if Kennex and Dorian just started shooting everybody. Then made Coulsen join an appropriate network with decent source material.

  10. I don’t know. I checked out after the fourth episode of being bored out of my mind. The main characters are trite and weak. They come across as Hunger Game rejects. I just don’t care about them. They are too young and hip to be taken seriously–tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum physicists, a super computer hacker that is able to crack top secret computers by pressing keys on a laptop, and an Abercrombie and Fitch model who is the top agent–not plausible. I’ll stick with the marvel movies.