Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Coulson, the perpetual recruiter of superhero talent in Marvel's movie universe may have dished on a possible spinoff TV series focusing on the secret supervillain-fighting agency, S.H.I.E.L.D.
In an interview with MTV, Gregg discussed the impact of his character's presence, which has been felt in every Avengers-related Marvel film since 2008's Iron Man. The dry, uptight demeanor of Agent Coulson has already made the character a fan-favorite, in spite of not originally coming from the pages of a Marvel comic.
Could Gregg's Agent Coulson soon find himself the star of a new television series?
When asked about the possibility of a television project, the actor tells MTV:
"There has been a little talk about that." Adding, "In a lot of ways, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Coulson really lend themselves to a TV show because it's normal people. It's real people dealing with extraordinary things."
As Gregg also brings up, he will be reprising his role as Coulson via voice in the upcoming animated Ultimate Spider-Man. In the feature, Coulson will be working undercover as a principal in a New York High School with some other Marvel superheroes posing as students, "keeping an eye on them and taking things way too seriously."
Interestingly enough, Coulson's presence in the animated feature could make it the closest we'll ever get to having Spider-Man exist in the same "universe" as The Avengers films, since the film rights are held by Sony, as they pursue the 2012 reboot with Andrew Garfield as the (once again cartridge-based) Web-Slinger.
Right now, the successes of Thor and Captain America may have quelled the initial fears that the movie-going public had gone sour on superhero films, and the ecstatic reaction from audiences at the latter's post-credits trailer for The Avengers, shows that momentum is not slowing anytime soon.
That being said, would a television spinoff be pushing things too far? The idea of "normal people" handling "extraordinary things" does sound promising, but might it be greeted with a bit of tentpole-ennui after The Avengers, as well as Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 will have hit by 2013? (Not to mention a ton of other superhero films.)