‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Clark Gregg Teases Reinvented Coulson in Season 2

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[SPOILERS for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 ahead!]


Marvel Studios and ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. concluded its first season with a fair-sized bang; most important among the future developments it set up, is Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D. from a new foundation - even as less desirable side effects from the T.A.H.I.T.I. program responsible for resurrecting him, have begun to make themselves apparent. No surprise, Gregg is now suggesting that Coulson’s evolution will continue (who knows, maybe it’ll even speed up), over the course of the show’s second season.

Throughout season 1 of S.H.I.E.L.D., many of Coulson’s old acquaintances observed that he’s “different” than the guy who hadn’t been stabbed in the chest by Loki pre-Avengers – heavy-handed tactics, to be sure, as far as foreshadowing goes. Still, it’s important to remember that such character development in season one’s first half has already led to far more interesting developments in the show’s universe (read: the Marvel Shared Universe), post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Point being, there’s no overlooking the fact that Coulson isn’t necessarily still the same guy we all saw in Phase 1 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe – and therefore, the changes in his character and personality are bound to be reflected in how he goes about restructuring S.H.I.E.L.D. in the future. Gregg touched on that issue, when asked by IGN if “S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.0″ will be “off-the-grid” and far less“officially sanctioned,” than its predecessor:

“That’s a really interesting point just because what’s been clear to me is that the Agent Coulson who’s running this team post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, post-Hydra, post-being killed and brought back to life with something in him he doesn’t understand… He’s a very different Coulson than the guy who everyone knew. A lot of people who knew him in the old days say, “He’s different.” I think you would have to be different having gone through that stuff. So I think he’s reinventing himself and re-understanding himself as a person anyway, which is probably really necessary to taking in the new environment and figuring out what SHIELD ought to be in a way that it doesn’t get rotten again.”

Agents of SHIELD Season 1 Finale Coulson Writing on Wall Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Clark Gregg Teases Reinvented Coulson in Season 2

As for those T.A.H.I.T.I. related side effects, which began to manifest themselves in unnerving ways with Agent Garrett (Bill Paxton) in S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, that’s bound to be a key factor in Coulson’s arc during the show’s forthcoming season. Gregg isn’t spelling out just what to expect yet – probably because he doesn’t know all the details himself yet - but he is teasing that you should anticipate something to come of the foreboding cliffhanger from the S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 finale’s credits (i.e. where Coulson started scribbling the same grid-like image that Garrett started writing after receiving a variant of the GH 325 serum).

“Well, Coulson got to watch himself pre-memory wipe describing why he thought the whole Tahiti Project was a bad idea. He was talking about all the things that were happening to the people they were using on it and why he suggested they can the whole thing – and looked pretty shaken while he was saying it. So I’ve got to suspect that some of the stuff he saw and some of those patients have some version of the stuff that’s going to happen to him. So we go from having no SHIELD at all, with a director on the run, to a tiny Guerrilla SHIELD with Agent Coulson at its head, and maybe not in his own right head. That sounds fun. That sounds like an interesting Season 2.”

Indeed, such a turn of events (see: unstable Coulson leading a revamped S.H.I.E.L.D.) would be in keeping with Gregg’s comments about the show’s second season being darker and more adult on the whole - in keeping with the trend of the post-Winter Soldier run of episodes in season one. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. really began to hit its sweet spot, once it shifted more towards being a serialized adult espionage adventure – still keeping things light enough to avoid alienating younger viewers – and it sounds as though season two is in a good place to keep that momentum going (albeit, without going too dark, that is).

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two will get underway on ABC later this year.

Source: IGN

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  1. that’s nice and all, but i need more MING. =)

    • Yes. This.

  2. That grid he’s drawing looks like schematics, but what could it be for?

    • Looks like an org chart – which both makes sense, and is boring.

      To cheap to spring for Visio Coulson?

      • Looks like circuits.. To build something.. A computer, portal who knows.. Or could just be boring kree propaganda texts piped into his mind because of his link to that kree supermind.

        • Ultron’s logic circuit???

  3. Ok im gonna say this… No… Stop…now, stop with this horrible serie please

    • If you don’t like it, there is plenty of other tv out there to watch. Just quit watching. There are plenty of us who enjoy it so just quit trolling.

      • To troll is to purposely make a controversial statement in order to get a rise out of the ensuing negative comments received from the targets.

        R.D wasn’t trolling in this case, he/she is stating a (factual) opinion. And nope, your “quit watching” argument won’t work on me because I gave up after episode 5 (“The Girl With The Flower Dress”) and haven’t looked back because it was horribly written and acted and no amount of turnaround at the point of “too little, too late” could make me watch that abomination of a show ever again.

        • So why are you even clicking into an article about a show you dislike?

        • Ok Dazz –

          He wasn’t trolling. I’ll go with that. But then why read an article about a subject you’ve already decided you dislike? Personally when I dislike something, I just ignore it. I’m not a fan of Supernatural, to pull an example out of thin air, therefore when I am surfing around, I don’t read anything concerning that show. So I don’t understand why the need to read the article and then comment negatively on something in a place where other people are discussing their enjoyment/excitement of it. What is the thought process behind it?

          • This is not a fan site. It’s a forum where different opinions are permitted as long as they are not derogatory or profane. The rules do not state only positive comments about a subject is permitted.

            • are permitted.

            • Aquarius64 – fair enough. But again, to point to my question. When I dislike something or simply am not interested I do not read articles about it. Doing so seems like a waste of time. I cannot understand the reasoning.

              • i’ve asked the same thing repeatedly. i immensely dislike the twilight series. watched the 1st one, it sucked, i moved on. never once reading the articles on here, even accidentally.

                people, right?

                • It’s called ego and the deep desire to hear one “talk” and convince everyone else they are mind-numbed idiots. He is trying to “save” us from our mental incompetency of liking AoS.

        • Good/Great Art has the prerequisite of creating emotion in others … positive or negative. By posting, you then by default, have admitted to the show as being good enough to be moved by it. No matter what the content reveals about you or your opinion. ;)

        • @Dazz,

          You’re typically pretty open minded when it comes to this stuff. I’d encourage you to finish the season. It’s not amazing, but it does play a part in the MCU and I think you would get some enjoyment out of the second half.

          • No, he isn’t. He will never admit he’s wrong and has compared the intelligence of people who don’t have his opinions to being 3 year olds or mentally retarded. Look for his numerous comments after DOFP articles, or how he talks about fans of the Transformers movie franchise. This is just par for the course. He will never admit that Agents has increased in quality considerably since the series first episode.

            • Dazz is one of those people who are the better than any writer and director out there and therefore have a taste in movies/tv series that can never be satisfied by anyone other than himself. I disliked the series in the 1st half. Didn’t enjoy myself till 2nd half but alas i felt it was worth it. That goes with DOFP and Transformer. I enjoyed them. That’s all that matters. Doesn’t matter what others think. Watch a movie and decide for yourselves if you like it. If not refrain from watching or reading about it like what @Chech said “What is the thought process of commenting on a article about a show u dislike?” other than influencing people to agree with what you think. I say let people judge for themselves.

              • Well we’ll see. I didn’t say he would change his tune, I’m just encouraging him to give it a longer look. A little bad TV never hurt anyone.

        • @Dazz

          lol, “Factual” opinion? How would you know? You just said you gave up after 5 episodes.

        • Yet you read this story… And commented…

      • What Chech said.

        • So… again… why bother posting here? Just seems like a waste of your time.

          • That assumes hes got something important to do with said time…

    • agree…marvel please stop..this is just a bad show in general why is even getting a second sesson (twilight curse)

      • Rolan – I know for a fact you love DC, from all of your comments on other articles. I know you generally dislike Marvel. And when I say dislike that is a gross understatement. So I would like to know how many of the actual episodes of SHIELD you watched? And if you did watch the whole season – why? You don’t like Marvel. You like DC. Why not watch Arrow? It’s a damn good show. Again we are back to my question of – if you dislike something so intensely, why would you watch the show in the first place? And if you watched it and hated it – why did you read this article? Why feel the need to comment? What is the reasoning behind this?

  4. No. Just no to everything you just said.

    “Factual opinion?”

    Oh. And you’re trolling.

    And now I’m done being apart of it.



    What Chech said.

  5. To me, this all sounds more and more interesting. I think there were only about 2 1/2 episodes that I genuinely did NOT like in Season 1, the rest was a good time in my opinion. And what they’ve set up will lend itself to some great scenarios and drama.

    I’m looking forward to it. Liking Clark Gregg more and more each year. (loved Trust Me)

  6. I was ready to give up midway through season 1, but once SHIELD went down in Winter Soldier, things got a lot more interesting. Here’s hoping for a much more solid season 2.

  7. The series became good after Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I hoped Age of Ultron would follow along those lines, but judging from the articles coming out on AoU, it’s not going to be.

  8. I quit watching after the second episode… Does this show really deserve a second chance?

    Honest question.

    • While early on the show dragged and felt like everything else that came before, it wasn’t until Winter Soldier where the show hit its stride…that was the main problem with the show….it had to wait until the release of the movie because certain episodes go right up to Winter Soldier and come out the other side tying into the movie…
      That’s when the show really shines, really ties it all together and becomes a show that stands on its own…
      Season Two looks like it can roll on completely unattached to the MCU and still hold its own level of mysteries (Kree aliens, the future of Shield, Skye’s monster parents) that will make the show rise above Season One…
      At least I hope it does….

    • Yeah, the first few eps were brutal. But if you can make it to the second half of the season with Hydra, it’s worth it.

  9. The show did drag at first, but for me was a solid tv show that tied into the MCU. I enjoyed and watched every episode, and will continue to watch. Most people are going to hate on it b/c they didn’t get a superhero on every episode. It was about agents of SHIELD and nothing more, but when it was more it made it that more fun. They can’t have the ridiculous plots of every episode a new threat coming forward, and them fighting at the end. They kept true MCU fans intrigued and holding on to the story to see where it was going. Constantly changing the story for every episode gets a little crazy. They are human agents not superhumans, and I think people tend to forget that.

  10. How does he run SHIELD when it appears that Tony is building his own SHIELD in Avengers 2? Set photos appear to be presenting a new shield at the Avengers tower…and we know he’s getting to privatize world security…Coulson and his crew seem obsolete and useless.

    • I think that’s sort of the point….

    • Tony doesn’t build his own SHIELD, his tower becomes Avengers Headquarters, which is why during Avengers, all letters fall off of Stark, leaving only the Avenger’s ‘A’. Coulson is now left to reset SHIELD to be better, while Stark is now found of the Avenger’s Idea, and once the two groups need each other again, they unit just like Avengers 1. Not that hard to plan out tbh.

  11. I liked very much the series, but I think that sometimes it needs some push ups with some more important Cameos..or even some other superheroes…cause that’s what you expect when seeing a Marvel series…some Bad Ass Superhero..or something more out of the ordinary…that’s why I loved HEROES, but still i’m gonna see it ;)

  12. I didn’t like the show until the train episode… After that it got a lot better… It’s the only superhero show that’s any good IMHO…

  13. Greg if he was candid and honest, he would wish for better writers.

  14. I “hate-watched” the first two-thirds of the season like an addict that couldn’t quite stop, even though I knew it was destroying my soul. The post-Cap 2 episodes got much better, but I’m still a bit cautious about any plans for the future of this series. It’s obvious that the series had been hamstrung from the higher ups because of big reveals coming up in the MCU. Who’s to say that this annoying trend won’t continue? Before Cap 2, the show was just in a sort of stasis with episodic writing and barely-interesting story lines. The generally poor acting was not nearly interesting enough to carry the show before the higher ups allowed the story to progress. I assume the series is going to start in the normal September slot, meaning some post GotG will be included and it will probably wrap up a few weeks after Avengers 2. I just hope that the writers are allowed to advance the story towards Avengers 2 as opposed to not being able to do anything the way they were leading up to Cap 2.

  15. I admit I didn’t like the show much at the beginning, sometimes I felt like they were trying to be like Firefly and failing, but I kept watching because I thought it had potential, and after the “Shield is Hydra” revelation happened things got much better. I feel for the showrunners, is hard enough to be in charge of a tv show, but they also had to set up the Hydra plot and make sure the audience wouldn’t see it coming until Captain America 2 was released.

    Still don’t like Skye much, I found her too preachy and the show insisted on telling us how amazing she was instead of showing her doing amazing things, but the writers of the show seem to be aware of this and hopefully they will change the way they handled her during season 1.

  16. See i started the season ok. It just seemed to me they were always trying to one up the last episode and try to stay connected to the mcu. Its hard im aware. Because the writers have to be up to speed on each film, but the only tie ins to th mcu that was relavent was after the winter soldier. A show with 23 episodes can not be judged on the last 7 alone. People decide to compare this show to arrow…a poor comparison imo due to the different tones and actions. The story of one mans journey to becoming a hero is differnet than a sercret agency traveling the world in search of strange events and issues. I must admit the show ended on a higher note than it began, but really ill need to see episode 1 of season 2 to really see. Also if they keep the delay by 3 to 4 weeks or more to string teh show along for new movies…ill drop the show. It lacks reason to do that. A show premires in october….a movie is released in May…thats a full season of the show. Will they string it along to incorperate AoU? Antman? Will the show make sense? THis show proves that a connected tv/movie verse is not needed. Why because nothing in the show has effected the tide of the movies. Ill wait to see what season 2 brings, but with Gotham, The Flash, Constantine, and Arrow all arriving with season 2…we will need a strong performance from AoS to hold intrest.