Clark Gregg talks bringing the Inhumans into AGENTS OF SHIELD

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Marvel may not have access to their stable of mutants right now (“SUE THAT WEBSITE,” shrieked one FOX burecrat who had gone mad with power over the mere mention of the M-word), but they do have a solid backup species: Inhumans. A film starring the super-powered family from the Moon may be an entire three years away, but that doesn’t mean that Marvel isn’t ready to start introducing the Attilan residents to their universe. In fact, they’ve got some grand plans, that will see the Inhumans pop up in future episodes of Agents of SHIELD. And as usual, Clark Gregg’s agent Coulson will be caught in the middle.

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Here’s what Gregg had to say to CBR about the show featuring a higher dose of superpowers than in previous episodes:

“Hard to say. I don’t know yet. We haven’t shot enough that I really have a good answer for that. What I like about it is, it’s not your typical origin story. All along S.H.I.E.L.D. has kind of been about protecting people from what they don’t know about, which often means people who are on the index — people who have powers because they’ve been kind of mutated or given powers by technology or Hydra or various alien artifacts. Inhumans represents a different chapter.

At least in the comics, the Inhumans, they’re a race of people who’ve been transformed. They’re mutants, more or less. I’ve always loved that part of the comics. They’re people who have evolved differently, and that generates a lot of fear. Some people want to annihilate them. Some people want to lock them up. Some people want to register them. Some of them become superheroes. Some of them become monsters. I find that particularly germane. Are we going to accept the people who are different, or are we going to try to wipe them out?”

And of course, Agents Of Shield will potentially make or break the upcoming Inhumans movie, a challenge that Gregg relishes:

“I’m excited by it. I think the Inhumans is a big, cool part of the Marvel universe, a great story. And we’ll set up something. We’ll get to explore it. I’m glad they’re entrusting us with it, and I think that they’ll take what they’re going to do with it, and it will connect. And yet, we’ll have the freedom to kind of make our show be our show. I think our show’s working better this year because it is what it is. People are less asking me “When is Tony Stark going to show up?” And stopping me on the street really worried about Leo Fitz. What happens on our show has to work for our show, and if at some point in the future, because they always think of cool stuff, it becomes something that crosses over with the movie, fantastic.”

Between Marvel’s current movie and TV goals, Gregg has been the middleman between two universes essentially. The man who gets things done, the constant thread between characters. And right now, Gregg is happy to stick to TV over big screen adventures:

“It’s funny: the membrane between me and the character is so thin, I really want to explain to the Avengers, that I didn’t just lie to them. So I would really like it for that reason, yes. But I’m having an awfully good time where I am.”

Last Updated: January 20, 2015

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