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Nerdist.com has published a lengthy interview with Clark Gregg. While they mainly chatted about ‘Much Ado About Nothing ‘, Gregg’s upcoming role in ‘The To Do List’ as well as the current status of ‘Trust Me’, there were a few questions related to ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ mixed in.
Nerdist: And of course, I have to ask a little bit about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We’ve all been super excited about this.
Clark Gregg: Please do!
N: 22 episodes — is that correct?
CG: Boy, I’m new to this particular part of the TV business. If it’s anything like the past I’ve had in a sitcom, I think technically you’re picked up for 13, and then they decide a certain portion of the way through if they’re going to pick it up for the back 9 and make it a full 22, but we start shooting, either 13 or 22, in mid-July.
N: Obviously, the question on everyone’s mind that they want to know is will they answer how Agent Coulson comes back to life? A lot of people are quite frustrated.
CG: Yeah, it’s the question of the day. It’s a question that is not walked away from in the pilot, but if I said that it was resolved in the pilot, I would be being less than truthful.
N: Yeah, you’ve got to dangle it along a little bit.
CG: I’m playing Agent Coulson again, and so there are things that other people know that I don’t know yet, and I don’t want to know.
N: Exactly. You want to keep it fresh for yourself. Is it a different experience working with Joss, directing film versus television?
CG: Well, it’s funny. I’ve only worked with him, for the most part, since The Avengers, maybe one or two other things, and one of the experiences with Much Ado which was a film that we shot in 12 days, and that was a pace that was kind of similar to television. We actually had more time than that to do the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot. Again, it’s funny — it’s a different story. The Avengers was probably more Shakespearean; this felt very much like a different — I’ve been in a bunch of different chapters in the Marvel universe. Iron Man felt completely different from Thor. Favreau in many ways felt very different from Kenneth Branagh; also, they’re both actors and both hilarious people. This chapter that is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is less superhuman. It certainly focuses on the people that Agent Coulson represents, the vulnerable, extremely talented agents who are there to deal with the world after The Avengers, where a lot of secrets have been revealed, and a lot of people want them.
N: Is this taking more of a sort of procedural angle, almost?
CG: It didn’t feel too procedural. Procedural, to me, implies an investigation and a dryness. There’s just too damn many incredible special effects for me to think of it as a procedural. It’s like a kind of a superhero action dramedy.
N: Yes! That sounds wonderful.
CG: I’ll go with it.
You can find the entire interview over at Nerdist.com