Marvel’s small-screen universe gets a little bigger this week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and it sounds like Bill Paxton’s Agent John Garrett has some history with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg).
The writers are digging back into the comic canon with Garrett, who was first introduced in Frank Miller’s 1986 Elektra: Assassin miniseries, and executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen said the character served as a gateway to show a different side of Coulson, via someone with “a history with Coulson on the field,” but a “different perspective” of how to do things.
Or, as Clark Gregg put it, it’s basically two old, weathered soldiers thrown together for yet another insane mission. Gregg likened it back to a moment in the first Thor film for Coulson:
“You know, everybody has that friend that knows a little too much about them. I would say that Bill Paxton's character and Agent Coulson are both that to each other. I always think about this scene in Thor where Agent Coulson walks out with this megaphone to deal with this giant, metal death monster in the desert, and he's like, ‘Oh God, what do we got now?’ I thought that was such a telling scene, because I thought, ‘What has his week been like that this is a little boring to him?’ When you see the repartee between Agent Coulson and Agent Garrett, you go, ‘Yeah, these guys have been through one too many weeks like that.’ I also like that they're both of a similar age so that they get to tease each other about how slow they are getting up and stuff like that. That's fun for me."
Paxton’s character is set to be introduced on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tonight, Tuesday, March 4, on ABC. Will you be watching?