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Clark Gregg Goes ‘Back to Basics’ For ‘Agents of SHIELD’ Season 2

By the end of the first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the titular spy agency was officially dismantled, with Phil Coulson left in charge of rebuilding the organization from the ground up. As a result, when the ABC drama returns, fans can expect the series to go “back to basics,” according to star Clark Gregg.

“You’ve got to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. from the ground up in a much more dangerous world where your group is outlawed,”  he told Collider. “So it feels like the early, Sean Connery James Bond with the brass knuckles and not afraid to knock somebody off.”

When S.H.I.E.L.D. returns, it’ll be in a new time slot (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT), which allows for “darker” storytelling, Gregg said, “like I think Marvel needs to be.” Additionally, Gregg said the fact that S.H.I.E.L.D. will run with few interruptions, save for a hiatus filled by Agent Carter, is a huge leg up over Season 1.

“Nobody could get a momentum going and when the show started to be on consistently and having story that carried over in an episodic way, that’s when things started to click,” he said. “For the most part, [season two features] straight runs of our show, which is when I think it really works.”


  • Zach

    Just so long as they kill off Patton Oswalt’s character, I’ll keep watching.

  • Alex Hayden

    Impossible! He is legion! The beginning, the end, the one who is many!

  • Travis

    It’ll be great to see what the show is like with an actual direction, rather than the meandering it did in Season 1.

  • Rubicon

    The closer this series can get to the Jim Steranko version of SHIELD, the better off it will be. This sounds like a very good evolution for the series.

  • IndigoMX9

    I hope that Phil wears a SHIELD uniform. He always looks out of place in that suit.

  • LazyDjinn

    he never looks out of place in anything he wears. =)

  • ZeoVGM

    Why would you want them to kill off a great character?

  • Shawn L.

    Maybe they can make this a regular feature.

    “Oh my god, they killed Agent Koenig! Bastards!!!”

  • Eshuster

    Didn’t they actually play that up in the show now and then. Like when everyone else was in more appropriate gear, he stuck with the suit? I thought there was at least one or two scenes poking fun at that.

  • Les Labbauf

    Mr Koenig just how many of you are there?

  • alton

    Coulson is one of the worst aspects of the show .Put Hill in charge backed by a squad of Deathlok’s. Zach is right get rid of Patton Oswalt. Like a 3 ft tall fat boy is even believable as a Shield Agent. Where’s Jonny Woo? Oh wait, we just stole part of Atlas’s name despite the fact it was a superior concept.We could be watching Gorrilla Man and Venus and Killer Robot instead of this dreck. Oh wait , they just would put Kevin Smith in as Woo.

  • MikeAP001

    I’d just enjoy the reaction the fans get when Fitz comes back completely normal thanks to the mammalian diving reflex BUT secretly works with SWORD and builds the Ultimate Long Term Response Ordnance Network that gets infested by a backup disc of Arnim Zola. AND, the person who discovers this is: Agent Ward.

  • Zach

    I don’t, I want them to kill off Koenig