Clark Gregg Opens Up About Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tie-In With Inhumans
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took comic book tie-ins to new levels towards the end of last year. After Marvel Studios' announcement that the Inhumans would be getting their own big screen adaptation, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s hidden city storyline not only introduced Terragenesis (the process which gives Inhumans their powers), but it also introduced it's very first Inhuman in the shape of Daisy Johnson aka Skye. It's a revelation that has prompted the legions of fans who left the show midway through its 'up and down' first season to start tuning in once more. Now, Clark Gregg whose character, Coulson, has featured heavily across the MCU has opened up about what the Inhumans tie-in with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. means to him.
"Inhumans represents a different chapter," said Gregg in an interview with CBR. "At least in the comics, the Inhumans, they're a race of people who've been transformed. They're mutants, more or less. I've always loved that part of the comics. They're people who have evolved differently, and that generates a lot of fear. Some people want to annihilate them. Some people want to lock them up. Some people want to register them. Some of them become superheroes. Some of them become monsters. I find that particularly germane. Are we going to accept the people who are different, or are we going to try to wipe them out"
So, Gregg is clearly a fan of the Inhumans, but what does he think about his show being used to build the foundations for the big screen adaptation?
"I'm excited by it. I think the Inhumans is a big, cool part of the Marvel universe, a great story. And we'll set up something. We'll get to explore it. I'm glad they're entrusting us with it, and I think that they'll take what they're going to do with it, and it will connect. And yet, we'll have the freedom to kind of make our show be our show."
It's not clear how quickly the Inhumans storyline will develop within the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. incubator, but it's a big relief to hear Gregg talking about the show having the freedom to do what it does best, because I strongly believe it's been getting a lot of things right since the latter half of Season 1 and focusing too much on plot points that will only truly get realized later this decade would devalue everything the show has done.
But with Agent Carter deservedly hogging the MCU spotlight right now, Gregg took the time to tease what we can expect when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to our screens in the Spring.
"I think the first thing we're going to deal with when we come back is (Coulson) led everyone to this place with the writings. He found this submerged, several-thousand-year-old alien city. It turned out to be like an incubating factory that turned his own most beloved protégée - his surrogate daughter - into something else and got one of his team members killed. That's not going to be easy on his new team, which has some people who he knows and trusts and some people who are much newer to him."
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D returns in March, but you've got a hefty 3 year wait on your hands for Marvel's Inhumans movie, which will hit theaters in November 2018.