Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D spoilers: Clark Gregg reveals that Centipede are “pretty damned evil” & talks cinematic, comic-book tie-in

by Nick Barnes
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The last time we saw the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, there had been a little bit of confrontation between the team and Centipede’s Raina.

It was revealed that Centipede want Coulson, but why, we don’t know. However, Clark Gregg who plays the role of Phil Coulson has said the mysterious group is “pretty damned evil” as far as he’s concerned.

Speaking to TVLine, the actor said: “I am so much like Phil Coulson in that I only know a bit more than you do, because I am only like two or three scripts ahead. They seem pretty damned evil as far as I can tell. Yet on the other hand, there is this tremendously interesting and charismatic person at the center of it in The Girl in the Flower Dress, played by Ruth Negga. In a [real-world] climate where there are groups that have the secrecy level of S.H.I.E.L.D. that are doing questionable things, where there are people who believe that that kind of secrecy shouldn’t exist, she makes some very interesting points.”

Meanwhile, on tonight’s episode, we will get little bits of information about what happened to Coulson after he was supposedly killed in The Avengers. We all thought he was dead, but then he popped up in S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Speaking about tonight’s episode, he said: “He gets put in a very interesting situation, in that these evil people are led by a mysterious figure called The Clairvoyant. Though Coulson and his team, and even S.H.I.E.L.D’s vast repertoire of special people, have never come across any evidence of psychic ability, this person seems to know more than anybody should be able to know about a lot of things.

“And as we found out at the end of the midseason finale, even more than The Clairvoyant wants a stabilized super-soldier in Mike Peterson, he wants Agent Coulson, because he or she seems to believe that there were things that went on to bring Coulson back to life … that have deeper, darker and more mysterious purposes than anyone, including Coulson, is aware of. So Coulson gets put in a situation where the people who are holding him, interrogating him and at certain points brutalizing him want the same information that he’s desperate to have himself — and they have technology that gives him a window into the memories that he seems to have lost. So, it becomes for me a very, very interesting and well-crafted dilemma, in that Coulson has to try to get this truth without revealing this truth.”

He went on to say that the show isn’t quite “there” yet in terms of what S.H.I.E.L.D is destined to be. There were hints at the end of the 10th episode about how the show connects with the cinematic and comic book universe, but we’ll only start seeing how those things have been set up in the latter half of the first season. That is when we’ll see the true nature of the show.

Gregg added that one of his favourite parts of the season so far has been that right at the beginning in the pilot, Coulson had “This vert glib, convenient version of his near-death experience” but as the season has progressed, we’re finally getting more information.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D continues this evening in ABC.