“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is going through some big changes come Season 2. S.H.I.E.L.D., as an agency, is being single handedly reformed by Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), and it will hopefully never be the same. But should S.H.I.E.L.D. rely on Coulson?
“…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,” Gregg told IGN.
At the end of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 1, Coulson discovered that Nick Fury had Coulson’s memory wiped when he was brought back from the dead. It turns out that Coulson had known about Project Tahiti and did not approve of it. He wanted the project completely abandoned.
“I think you would have to be different having gone through that stuff," Gregg continued. "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 S.H.I.E.L.D. ought to be in a way that it doesn't get rotten again."
Writers are currently figuring out Coulson's reinvention. They stepped into the writer's room this week to start working on the new season.
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Gregg has his own guesses as to what the writers are planning. Fury put Coulson in charge, but as Gregg pointed out, Coulson isn’t the same guy he used to be. He also still has GH-325 in his system, the Project Tahiti drug that caused disastrous side effects for other patients.
“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 S.H.I.E.L.D. at all, with a director on the run, to a tiny Guerrilla S.H.I.E.L.D. with Agent Coulson at its head, and maybe not in his own right head,” Gregg explained.
Find out how Coulson deals with his new job when “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns to ABC in the fall. Do you think Coulson should be S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new Director when he could still react to the GH-325? Comment with your thoughts!