Agent Coulson himself, Clark Gregg, surprised the crowd at New York Comic Con to help tease some details for the remainder of the season on ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” With the intrepid group of heroes now facing a new threat in the form of inhumans, the actor was eager to reveal how it will affect his character.
The actor joked that his first reaction to the introduction of the aliens was speculation that his character might become Black Bolt, a reference to the leader of the inhumans in the comic book series (who is more than likely going to be brought to life in the upcoming 2018 movie). However, Gregg made sure to give an honest answer to questions about inhumans in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
“I was stoked, because the inhumans represent humans who contain within them, without their knowledge, these abilities to do extraordinary things,” he said. “Some people want to eradicate them; others think it’s evolution. … That seems topical to me. Anyone who has ever felt like a nerd or an outsider, that’s especially very topical.”
As many have noted about Marvel’s inclusion of the “Inhumans,” it could be considered an elaborate excuse to bring mutants into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), without actually bringing mutants into the MCU. For those that don’t know, the concept of mutants is prolific throughout Marvel comics. Unfortunately, in the movies, they’re synonymous with the “X-Men.” That means that nothing in the MCU can use them since 20th Century Fox has the rights to all things mutant, not Marvel. When one fan asked the 53-year-old actor if that would ever change, he spoke his peace on the matter bluntly.
“We’d like to talk to some mutants, but they are in a terrifying other realm,” he said to thunderous applause from the crowd. “I kind of grew up on subways in New York reading comic books about mutants, but they’re in this terrible zone called ‘copyright zone.’ Maybe one day we’ll live in a world where all fandom can interact.”
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. EDT on ABC.