Things haven’t exactly been easy for Phil Coulson since his resurrection after The Avengers. He’s watched S.H.I.E.L.D. collapse from within, had his arm chopped off, and lost friends and agents in the line of duty. Most recently, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 finale appeared to show Coulson facing his immanent demise for the second time in six years. But as a recent trailer indicated, it seems that Coulson, or someone who looks remarkably like him, will play a significant role in the series’ upcoming season.
Clark Gregg recently sat down with Marvel.com to talk about his return to the show. When asked (in a less-than-subtle way) what it’s like to come back in a potentially non-Coulson capacity, Gregg insisted that it was “very strange.” He continued, “The Coulson role and persona, they’re always evolving and always having new parts of him revealed to me by our writers. It became a very familiar skin in a way, to kind of change all that and suddenly find myself playing this very mysterious person who is not Phil Coulson. And the mystery of who that person is and why he looks like that is something that they’ve done groundbreaking, wild stuff with that I’m really lucky to play.”
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Gregg was already planning on returning to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to direct the new season’s first episode. However, even he couldn’t help but marvel at his character’s knack for resurrection. “Everytime I think I’m out, [they] drag me back in,” he joked. “They used to say he’s the glue of the Marvel Universe. I now think he’s the cockroach of the Marvel Universe. The whole thing can go down, there can be snaps, whatever. He’s not killable, apparently. He’s just still gonna be around.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 premieres on ABC this summer. You can hear Gregg’s remarks for yourself below, then give us your impressions in the comment section!