Clark Gregg teases MCU comeback for Agent Coulson
Longtime MCU star Clark Gregg hints that his SHIELD agent Phil Coulson could appear in the upcoming animated film What if …? series.
Despite an extraordinarily long character arc thanks to her starring role in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, the “death” of agent Phil Coulson in The Avengers mostly left him absent from later Marvel Cinematic Universe storylines. According to actor Clark Gregg, What if … from Marvel? could change all that.
Gregg posted a video of What if…? trailer on his Facebook page with a hint that Coulson might appear in one of the animated series’ many timelines. “Enter the multiverse of limitless possibilities,” he wrote. “Marvel Studios’ first animated series, @OfficialWhatIf …?, Starts airing August 11 with new episodes Wednesdays on @DisneyPlus. You never know who might show up.”
Marvel recently announced that What if…? will debut with a ten-episode first season, exploring alternate universes based on events from the MCU’s 23-year-old race. Inspired by the comic book series of the same name, these events are overseen by Uatu the Watcher (Jeffrey Wright), a cosmic being who “observes everything that goes on here”, but, according to him, is forbidden to modify it. ‘one of the timelines.
the What if…? the trailer not only provided more context to stories known as Peggy Carter becoming a super-soldier and a Marvel zombies-world inspired, but also teased new events like Killmonger saving the life of Tony Stark, Loki taking on Nick Fury in the desert with an Asgardian army and Dora Milaje fighting the Scarlet Witch.
While Phil Coulson could theoretically appear in What if…?Loki’s story given its connection to the 2011s Thor, no information on Gregg’s involvement has yet been confirmed. Having played Coulson since Iron Man, Gregg’s last Marvel cinematic appearance was in Captain Marvel, as a younger version of his character who collaborated with young Nick Fury when Skrulls arrived on Earth.
Coulson’s post-Avengers SHIELD revival and role explored in long-running TV series Agents of SHIELD, with Gregg playing not only Coulson, but an alien double named Sarge in Season 6 and a model life lure of Coulson in Season 7. Agents of SHIELDThe final season of also delved into a similar spatiotemporal narrative, with Coulson’s team traveling through history to prevent the Chronicles from erasing the existence of SHIELD.
Created by AC Bradley and directed by Bryan Andrews, What if…? stars Jeffrey Wright as The Watcher, Hayley Atwell as Captain Peggy Carter, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Frank Grillo in Brock Rumlow, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Chaser, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Sebastian Stan as James “Bucky” Barnes, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Stanley Tucci like Abraham Erskine and Taika Waititi as Korg. The series premieres August 11 on Disney +.
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