While we wait for ABC to announce exactly when Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will kick off Season 2, series star Clark Gregg teased details about the show's direction in a new interview. If you haven't caught up with Season 1 yet, there will be spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
Before we get into that, the show's official Twitter feed released a new photo that confirms the writers are back at work, crafting the Season 2 stories. Take a look at the photo, then read on to see what Clark Gregg has to say.
In the Season 1 finale, "Beginning of the End", Samuel L. Jackson returned as Nick Fury, tasking Agent Coulson to build a new version of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the ground up, without the corruption of Hydra, giving him access to hidden bases. When asked if this updated version of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be completely off the grid, Clark Gregg had this to say.
"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."
When asked about how changed Coulson really is, and how much fans should be worried about this pivotal character, the actor had this to say.
"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."
When ABC renewed the show back in May, it also came with a series order for Marvel's Agent Carter, which will air between the first and second halves of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s second season with an eight-episode run. When asked about this split season, Clark Gregg revealed he thinks it's a great idea.
"I think it's a great idea. I think in the present age of TV, nobody wants to go down two weeks here, three weeks there. I don't like it. I don't think our fans liked it. It didn't let us keep the momentum going with the story. It's been amazing to watch how much the show clicked into gear, first of all, after the events of Winter Soldier, but when we got to run 10 episodes without a break. You can download the season of so many shows on Netflix in one day -- who wants to take a two-week pause? I don't!"
What do you think about these new revelations? Are you more excited for Season 2 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned to find out when Season 2 will debut.