Clark Gregg Says We’ll Get a Definitive Answer on Agent Coulson’s Return

Ever since he kicked the bucket in 2012’s The Avengers, the discussion on Agent Coulson’s return has branched off into a lot of different places with a lot of different theories. Tonight, we officially find out what happened to everyone’s favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the mid-season premiere of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and speaking with TV Guide, Clark Gregg says it’s a satisfying reveal.

“As a fanboy, I thought, “How are they going to do this? They’ve been keeping this for 10 episodes.” We know that there’s something bogus about the magical place concept. He can’t even say Tahiti without turning into a robot. Is he a robot? How did they bring him back? Is he some kind of Life Model Decoy, as all the Marvel fans think? Is he the Vision? There’s all these theories. How do you do this for real and really pay it off? At the same time, you don’t want them to go, “Well, I guess that’s the finale of the show. There’s really no need to continue after this. The bullet was in the chamber, now it’s completely blown.” When I read the script, I was blown away because it’s completely satisfying to me as a fanboy, and, as probably the biggest fanboy in Phil Coulson in the Marvel Universe, because it’s not a tease, it’s: here’s what happened! At the same time, what they’ve crafted not only opens up enough questions that are at the existential core of Phil Coulson and his relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D., but really set the direction for the back end of the season and the future of the series. I was very, very impressed with what they delivered here.”

When asked if we would be seeing any flashbacks to Coulson’s “time in Tahiti,” Gregg replied: “I wouldn’t call them flashbacks. That doesn’t seem like a term that does them justice. We know that these people (Centipede) are ruthless. We’ve already seen them kill many people. The one thing this Clairvoyant person wants is the one thing they can’t see. The only thing the Clairvoyant doesn’t know is this: there’s a blank spot. They have technology that can reveal those memories, and it’s not a pleasant experience for Coulson. Yet, if he can endure it, there is a possibility that he can get the truth, although to even go down that road endangers all the secrets of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

What do you think the secret will be regarding Coulson’s ressurection? Will you be watching tonight to find out? Sound off below!

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs Tuesdays at 8 P.M. on ABC.