Most fans would agree that Joss Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a mixed bag to this point, but star Clark Gregg promises things’ll pick up soon — and it all starts with Coulson’s mysterious resurrection.
The strange circumstances surrounding Coulson’s continued existence following his apparent death in The Avengers have been a lingering mystery since the series launched in the fall. But the question is about to jump to the forefront, and Gregg says the storyline will drive the plot for the remainder of the season.
Even cooler? Gregg promises that the writers have managed to weave Coulson’s resurrection into the fabric of the mythology of new baddies Centipede, and it sounds like all the setup from the first half of the season will finally pay off.
Here’s an excerpt from his interview with Zap2It:
"People have been patient in really wanting to know the true nature of the secrets. ... We're going to get a big fat window at the real truth, and it's going to be very, very surprising. When I read the sequence, I just stopped and put the script down and went 'Wow. That was worth waiting for.’
The way our team has kind of turned the back half of this season into a reveal that uses the mystery of Coulson's death not just as a standalone reveal but as an integral part of the bigger reveal, which is that this organization Centipede, run by this person the Clairvoyant, has been part of almost everything we've done and connects on a deep level to everything going forward. [Centipede] is determined to destroy SHIELD and, to Coulson's chagrin, has some of the same questions about SHIELD that Coulson himself is starting to evolve.
The fact that they've already managed to kind of make the reveal of what Coulson's doing alive [be] the one thing that the Clairvoyant wants is just part of the way the back half of this season is going to be -- more exciting and more satisfying than the first half of this season, where so much work had to be done to kind of set up this world of these people and this team, and all these separate pieces get kind of woven together.”
With the first season resuming Tuesday, Jan. 7, with episode 11, “The Magical Place,” we’ll find out soon enough if Whedon and company can pay off on the promise. What do you think is the real reason behind Coulson’s resurrection?