The fan-favorite actor suits up as Agent Koenig in an upcoming episode of the series!

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has recruited yet another special guest star with fan-favorite actor/comedian Patton Oswalt, who will join the cast as Agent Eric Koenig in an upcoming episode of the hit series.

Koenig, who first appeared in SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS #27, was a part of Fury’s original team of World War II soldiers in the comics. Oswalt, perhaps best known for his roles in “King of Queens,” “Ratatouille” and countless other films and TV series, came onto “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” in perhaps the most straightforward way possible—he was simply asked.

Patton Oswalt as Agent Eric Koenig on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Patton Oswalt as Agent Eric Koenig on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

“I got a call from my agent saying they want you on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I said ‘hell, yes,’” recounts the actor. “I’m lucky that I’m visible enough that they wanted to bring me in to play this character. I’d worked with [‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Executive Producer] Joss [Whedon] before on ‘Dollhouse,’ and I guess I wasn’t too annoying and they decided to put me on another one of his shows. So I was very lucky.”

Once he got the part, Oswalt instantly launched into some research—though perhaps not for the reason some might suspect. As a fan of the series, Oswalt has been asking the question many have posed, namely “Who is the Clairvoyant?”

“When they first told me the character’s name, I’ll admit the first thing I did is I went on Wikipedia and looked up the M.O.D.O.K. character to see if Koenig was maybe his name before he became M.O.D.O.K., but it wasn’t,” laughs Oswalt. “They keep on talking about the Clairvoyant in the show and I’m like, ‘is that M.O.D.O.K.? Am I M.O.D.O.K.?”

One thing the actor has always loved about the series even before his guest appearance was how it allowed the creators to explore the more overlooked corners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, corners which are nonetheless very important to the big picture.

“[They’re] a scrappy bunch of agents who are sort of working on the lower tier levels of the Marvel Universe and trying to stop threats before they even get to the Avengers-level threats,” explains the actor. “It’s almost like when you watch ‘The Wire,’ and the guys like Pryzbylewski are just chasing the paper trail but that’s kind of the whole case. That’s where they can bring these guys down, is they’re doing the kind of brutal grunt work. There are these people doing the day to day that keeps the world from spinning into chaos. [They say,] ‘no, we don’t have the shiny Tony Stark, Hawkeye, Black Widow stuff, but we are in it up to our necks and we’re doing it. I really like that. There’s a great sense of camaraderie.”

As the series has progressed and introduced more elements from the Marvel comics such as Deathlok, John Garrett, Sif, Lorelei, or Eric Koenig himself, Oswalt feels the creators have remained incredibly faithful to their source material—and he couldn’t be happier to see one character in particular debut.

“They introduced Agent Garrett, who’s one of my favorite Marvel characters, and I kept asking them on the set, ‘is he going to be an android [like in the comics]?’” says Oswalt. “They’re just like, ‘you’ll have to wait and see.’ They clearly have plans. This is not the mid-‘90s anymore where they just handed comic book properties to anybody, they’re thinking I’m making a comic book [TV series] in this awesome universe and I don’t want to mess it up. And that’s a different motivation than what was happening in the ‘90s, and that’s real cool. I’m glad that changed, that they’re giving them to guys that welcome the tension of, ‘how do I make popular entertainment that still acknowledges this big fanbase that cares about this universe? And if I’m going to change things, can I do it in a way that makes them go oh wow?’”

Oswalt also feels the tone of the series has begun to shift.

“They’re using the Jonathan Hickman model of wheels-within-wheels,” explains Oswalt. “It’s getting into that John Le Carre, ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ world now, which creates even more tension because you don’t know, is someone lying to me, and are they doing me a favor by lying to me? That’s really great stuff to play as an actor.”

When Oswalt walked onto the soundstages for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” one thing in particular impressed him instantly.

“For a TV show, the practical sets that they built are more elaborate and more of a 360 sandbox environment than a lot of movie sets that I’ve been on, and that really blew me away,” recalls the actor. “You could do almost West Wing walk and talk sequences on set. I was like, this is the set for a very brief arc of the show, and the level of detail that went into it was pretty stunning.”

Finally, as a fan of not only the series but all things Marvel, Oswalt’s experience on the show did have one slightly bittersweet component to it.

“When you’re in something, now you know what’s coming. A big part of me is still a big consumer of this stuff. I have friends now that write some of the comics, and they’ll send me issues, [but] I like having to wait until every Wednesday and get it once a month. That’s sort of part of the story for me. It’s that push-pull of, I want to know stuff now, but I also like the waiting is part of the fun. [Marvel’s] doing so much stuff [though], and now with the Netflix [deal], there’s always going to be enough to wait for and rub my hands together for. That will never be a problem.”

Catch new episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” beginning Tuesday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC!

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Download Ep. 67 to hear from the series' main antagonist this season.

***SPOILER ALERT: Don’t listen in if you haven’t seen the most recent episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”!***

In the latest episode of “This Week in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” we chat with actor Dominic Rains about his character, the villainous Kree leader of the Lighthouse, Kasius, getting into character, and more!

Download episode #67 of “This Week in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” from Marvel.com! Catch new episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on a new night and time, Fridays at 9:00 PM ET on ABC.

Go behind-the-scenes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” with a new podcast series for the hit show on ABC! Every week we’ll talk with a different member of the cast and production crew as well as Executive Producers examining the twists and turns of the most recent episode, as well as taking a look at the creation process behind this exciting series! Don’t miss “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Fridays at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC, and catch a new episode of “This Week in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” right here every Wednesday!

For more information on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” visit ABC.com, follow @AgentsofSHIELD on Twitter, and like “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates!

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Tony, Cap and Black Widow face off with Moon Knight in a new sneak peek clip!

This weekend, four brand new episodes of “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars” debut, as the Beyonder himself begins BATTLEWORLD!

Airing Sunday morning at 8:00am on Disney XD, the episodes “Beyond” “Underworld” “The Immortal Weapon,” and “The Vibranium Coast” find the team experiencing the Beyonder’s grand experiment to see which heroes (or villains) will rise to the top and add to Beyonder’s arsenal. The Avengers must traverse a mish-mashed landscape of locations both old and new while simultaneously finding a way to escape their new prison.

Check out a clip from the new episodes at the top of the page, as Tony Stark, Captain America and Black Widow face off with none other than Moon Knight!

“Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars” – “Beyond” “Underworld” “The Immortal Weapon” “The Vibranium Coast” airs Sunday, January 14th on Disney XD from 8:00am-10:00am EST.

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Learn how SFX/prosthetic artist Brian Penikas transformed our actors into villainous Kree leaders!

It’s not easy being blue!

Watch how SFX/prosthetic artist Brian Penikas transforms Dominic Rains into the villainous Kasius above and Florence Faivre into the deadly Kree warrior Sinara below. Don’t miss Kasius and Sinara in a brand new episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” this Friday at 9:00 PM ET on ABC!

For more information on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” visit ABC.com, follow @AgentsofSHIELD on Twitter, and like “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates!

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Spoiler Alert! The actors discuss the events surrounding the Yorkes family in the Hulu series.

Warning: Full spoilers for the Season 1 finale for “Marvel’s Runaways” follow! Need to catch up? You can watch all the episodes now on Hulu!

In the season finale of “Marvel’s Runaways,” all of the parents made some big realizations about Jonah and the risk their kids were in as a result of his presence. Marvel.com spoke to Brigid Brannagh (“Stacey Yorkes”) and Kevin Weisman (“Dale Yorkes”) about the Yorkes’ actions and what could be next for them, especially as all the kids, Gert and Molly included, have run away.

Marvel: In the season finale, we got to see Dale and Stacey be proactive, stepping out and investigating things on their own. Was it fun to see these characters come out of their comfort zone a little here?

Brigid Brannagh: Yeah, one of the things that was really fun was when Jonah confronts us and says “Are you testing the DNA?” and we’re both like “No — Yes!”

Kevin Weisman: And you buck up against him and kind of really call him out. She’s the first one to really call him out and I’m like “No, no we shouldn’t do that to the all-powerful Jonah.”

Brigid Brannagh: But then you do it. You take the gun and you’re like “What about you?”

Kevin Weisman: We have some bravado deep in our bio-engineer/scientist/vulnerable nerd world. We’ve been talking about this a lot today, but we got into this organization, the Pride, to ostensibly do good things, to save the world. We’re altruistic people. We created a serum too help with PTSD and soldiers…

Brigid Brannagh: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Kevin Weisman: And then eventually things go horribly awry. So I don’t think we’re these black and white characters, these villains. At the same time, we have to tow the party line, as it were. We’re good soldiers.

Brigid Brannagh: But now we’re rebels. We escape, standing up to Jonah… We steal the serum.

Kevin Weisman: We’re not really good soldiers.

Brigid Brannagh: We’re actually the worst!

Kevin Weisman: We care about our kids and their safety.

(L-R) Brigid Brannagh, Allegra Acosta and Kevin Weisman in “Marvel’s Runaways.”

Marvel: All the parents are worried for their kids’ safety and several unite by the end of the finale as far as being against Jonah. But there are also some big personalities here. Do you think the worry for their kids will get them through that or is it a concern that this is a combustible situation with members of the Pride?

Brigid Brannagh: Well I always wonder… Right now, it’s a worry for all of our kids, but I wonder if it’s “Oh no, my kid! Your kid can go down.” Because it didn’t go so well for the Hernandez family.

Kevin Weisman: I think that’s always hanging over our heads after what happened to the dear Hernandez family in episode nine, and who was behind it. I think that’s a major, major fear.

Brigid Brannagh: Even that, Leslie didn’t mean to put Molly in danger. There’s still that sense of protection for the kid. But will that change into only my kid?

Kevin Weisman: My main concern is that Dale survives into Season 2. I don’t care about anything else. Don’t even care about Stacy. Just Dale. Does Dale survive? [Laughs]

Brigid Brannagh: Oh, Mr. Weisman!

Kevin Weisman: No, I care about Stacey!

Marvel: The end of the season finale has the kids run away. For Stacey and Dale, they have two kids involved. Do you think that will send them especially into overdrive about, “Must protect. Must get them back.”

Brigid Brannagh: Absolutely. I would hope so. We don’t know exactly what’s coming but I’d think we’re going to try to do whatever we can.

Kevin Weisman: I think prior to this relationship turning south they had a very loving, open [relationship]. We see a bit of that in the pilot when we’re all in the car and we’re talking about her body changes and things. I have two daughters in actuality so I know it all. But I just think that we now are faced with a very real threat, while at the same time, our main goal is the protection of our two girls.

Brigid Brannagh: And not just their physical protection, but to keep that loving relationship. Even when we bring Molly to Gracile, it’s just heart wrenching that she hates us and is hurt by us.

Kevin Weisman: You played that really beautifully. She’s a really good actor, this one!

For more on “Marvel’s Runaways,” check out Marvel.com’s post-season interview with Ariela Barer and Allegra Acosta!

All 10 episodes of “Marvel’s Runaways” Season 1 can be watched now on Hulu. Be sure to follow @Runaways on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Runaways” Facebook page!

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Spoiler Warning! What could be next for Gert and Molly, as the first season wraps up on Hulu.

Warning: Full spoilers for the Season 1 finale for “Marvel’s Runaways” follows. Need to catch up? You can watch all the episodes now on Hulu!

The “Marvel’s Runaways” season finale debuted this week on Hulu, and in the wake of the big events that occurred — and helped set up the just-ordered Season 2 for the series! — Marvel.com spoke to stars Ariela Barer (“Gert Yorke”) and Allegra Acosta (“Molly Hernandez”) about what happened and what could be next for their characters.

Marvel.com: So, at the end, you guys… ran away! 

Ariela Barer: We did the thing!

Allegra Acosta: We did that one thing in the title!

Marvel.com: Were you excited by that – to see it all come to fruition?

Ariela Barer: Yeah. Even just the line that Rhenzy [Feliz] says. I took pictures of myself after reading it, crying. Because there’s just something about… It’s all the more impactful after what these characters have gone through for a full season. When it finally happens it’s this release, but this fear. What’s going to happen next? It gets your mind racing in a very exciting way.

Allegra Acosta: And it kind of ended on a cliffhanger, so it’s exciting!

Marvel.com: And they had some nice costume nods to the comics there as well. 

Ariela Barer: Karolina! That was amazing.

Allegra Acosta: That was gorgeous, with the star [on her shirt]. 

Marvel.com: Ariela, you had a very heartfelt scene with a dinosaur, which I imagine has to be a little difficult!

Ariela Barer: It wasn’t easy but it was very important to me. That plotline specifically for Gert with her anxiety is very important to me and her relationship with her dinosaur, which she refers to as her comfort dinosaur at one point, is so important to me. And that day I was on set with a wonderful director and crew. We had gotten so close and everyone there cared so much about that relationship at that point that the feeling was there on set. Even Rhenzy and Gregg [Sulkin] were watching. They weren’t even in the scene. They were just around because they wanted to be. It was lovely. It was a really great day.

(L-R) Allegra Acosta, Gregg Sulkin, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Rhenzy Feliz, and Ariela Barer in “Marvel’s Runaways.”

Marvel.com: At the end of the episode, they see this news report that’s been put out about them. It’s bad for all of them but I feel like maybe for Molly especially, it’s a tough situation. 

Allegra Acosta: “I’m not kidnapped. I would know.” I keep remembering that line from the finale! [Laughs] It’s exciting. It leads to new story and we get to follow into a very exciting, real set of us superhero kids who are runaways. It gives us our name! I remember watching episode nine and Rhenzy was like “How about the Runaways for all the kids we didn’t safe.” I was like, oh my god, hint hint!

Marvel.com: We see the parents side of things and that they do care about the kids. With the Yorkes specifically, there’s a lot to like and sympathize with, but they’ve also been a part of some bad stuff… 

Allegra Acosta: Not as intentionally, I think!

Marvel: True, not as intentionally! Do you think there’s hope for reconciliation there? 

Allegra Acosta: I don’t know… I love the parents and even though I don’t have my biological parents, it was really fun to see that side of Molly. It made it really interesting. It was good that they made that side and represented the kids who don’t have the set biological family that they can. It also made a good sister relationship with us. Just having that was really fun and hopefully for next season we can expand on that and explore those.

Marvel.com: I have to ask about Gert and Chase. Is she messing up a good thing here?

Ariela Barer: I don’t know… You saw the finale. There’s a moment they have! It’s a little one but there’s room for growth there. Also, I think at that point, after the conversation at prom, he knows when it’s a defense mechanism and when it’s genuine. So I just think now it has to come more from his side and the conversation he has with Nico is helpful for the relationship. But I think Gert’s going to have her own problems. She left her meds at home. She’s going to have her own problems to deal with so I think that’s going to have to come more from Chase now. Or at least I want it to! [Laughs]

All 10 episodes of “Marvel’s Runaways” Season 1 can be watched now on Hulu. Be sure to follow @Runaways on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Runaways” Facebook page!

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Don't miss the season one finale of the series Tuesday, January 9 only on Hulu!

Fantastic news — our Runaways will return for a second season on Hulu!

Marvel and Hulu officially confirm that “Marvel’s Runaways” will return for Season 2, continuing the adventures of our young heroes who are now on the run!

“We’re thrilled about ‘Runaways’ Season 2. Our partnership with Josh [Schwartz] and Stephanie [Savage] and Hulu has been as exciting as the reaction to the show from our fans — both new and old!” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel TV.

“We’re so privileged that Marvel and Brian K. Vaughan trusted us with Runaways,” said Executive Producers and Co-Showrunners Schwartz and Savage. “We couldn’t be more excited to continue telling this story. It’s been a blast making the show with the cast and crew. We can’t wait to see where we can take the story in Season 2 and to stay on the run.”

Schwartz and Savage continued, “The conversations with the fans have been gratifying. We hear and see you. We appreciate your passion and hearing how much the show means to you. Beware the possibility of a dinosaur on the streets of Los Angeles…and earthquakes!”

Don’t miss the Season 1 finale this Tuesday, January 9, on Hulu! Be sure to follow @Runaways on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Runaways” Facebook page!

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Two episodes air Sunday, January 7 from 8:00 – 9:00 A.M. EST on Disney XD.

“Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars” is back on Disney XD this weekend with two new episodes, airing back-to-back!

In “The Eye of Agamotto – Parts 1&2”, Captain America and Black Panther track a Hydra threat to the mysterious island of Baron Mordo and are soon attacked by the vengeful Agamotto as he attempts to take back the Eye of Agamotto!

Check out a clip from the two-parter at the top of the page, as Captain America, Black Panther and Shuri find out just how dangerous their situation is.

“Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars” – “The Eye of Agamotto – Parts 1&2” airs Sunday, January 7 from 8:00 – 9:00 A.M. EST on Disney XD.

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Navid Negahban will play Amahl Farouk, while more is revealed about Season 2, coming to FX in April.

“Legion” is returning in April for Season 2 on FX, as David Haller (Dan Stevens) learns that freeing himself from the Shadow King’s influence in Season 1 hardly means his threat is over.

The executive producers and cast of “Legion” were present at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour today for a panel to discuss Season 2, which began with Executive Producer Noah Hawley revealing the true form of the Shadow King/Amahl Farouk will be played by Navid Negahban (“Homeland”).

Here are the highlights!

The Shadow King Revealed
The panel began with the debut of a scene from Season 2, as David awakens in a wheat field, where he finds a very out of place Fortune’s Teller booth. At first, no one else is present, but then a man appears and David realizes it’s Farouk (played by Negahban). Farouk boasts to David, “I hear everything. Or maybe I just read your mind,” before telling David he too is incredibly powerful.

Farouk goes on to say things like, “All the world’s a stage and you’re the star. You decide what is real and what is not. You are the creator of reality,” before proclaiming, “You and I are gods. What did John Lennon say? ‘Bigger than Jesus.’”

Seeing David is unreceptive to his words, Farouk notes his unhappy expression and then adds, “Now we have to figure out if you’re mad at me or yourself.”

Keeping Things Weird
“Legion” has a distinct, offbeat style and many moments of surrealism and the cast were asked just how much they question what’s happening in the moment when they read scripts. While Stevens said he certainly had questions at times, he noted it was “part of the fun of the show,” and added, “I don’t question too far into the future. I trust the writing will lead us somewhere and it always does and it’s always fascinating.”

As Hawley explained, “I’m just doing an experiment basically and using this genre to try to solve these characters and what’s fun about is because it is a genre show, you can do things that you can’t do in a linear drama. You can say, ‘Alright, I can literally take you into the memories of this character and try to understand who he is.’ These powers can be used in a more existential way than simply by fighting for dominance.”

Said Hawley, “The idea of making something unexpected is important, and this word ‘uncanny,’ which I know I’ve talked about.”

Referencing the Marvel source material of “Legion,” Hawley noted, “Originally it was called THE UNCANNY X-MEN and that word uncanny is very specific, referring in a lot of ways to the horror when familiar things act in unfamiliar ways. I like to question everything. ‘Why does the world have to be right side up?’, for example.”

Lenny’s True Self
In Season 1, the Shadow King also existed inside David’s friend, Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), and Hawley remarked, “He wore different faces. This season we’re meeting him for the first time, but that doesn’t mean he won’t continue to hide and he’s not continuing to use people like Jemaine [Clement as Oliver] and Aubrey [as Lenny].”

Meanwhile, Hawley said, “What was interesting for me for Lenny was to keep her evolving. This has been a traumatic experience for her as well. What’s on the other side of that? What is the collusion with this guy look like and what’s her culpability in all this?”

Hawley noted that and Plaza had had a lot of conversations where she’d asked him who Lenny fundamentally is, without the Shadow King’s influence, and “We’ve channeled that into the work.”

Said Plaza, “She was being used in the first season. [Now] she almost becomes like David in Season 1, in the sense that she doesn’t know what’s real or who she is or what’s happening. The power that I thought I had has been taken away from me and I’ve been slowly stripped down. We get to see who she really is.”

David’s Next Step
As for the man at the center of “Legion,” David Haller, Hawley said, “If the first year was sort of the story of an insane man in a sane world, I was interested in looking at David now being the sort of sane man in an insane world. We’ve established that he doesn’t have schizophrenia and he has these abilities.”

Suffice to say, David will return after his mysterious abduction at the end of Season 1, but Hawley said, “He comes back and the world is a very different place,” adding, “I was interested this year at looking at a mass psychology.”

Hawley said David, “Is on a journey here in which in the language of this world we have heroes and villains and it’s not determined yet where he’ll end up. A lot of that will have to do with what’s holding him on the new path. This love story with Rachel [Keller as Syd] and his experience with Farouk and so I think that’s really interesting to explore.”

Stevens said that in Season 2, David has, “Issues of trust. Who exactly has rescued him and what have they rescued him from? Where does he now find himself? Is he a force for good or evil and either way, is he being used? And what does that turn into?”

He added, “What team does he end up playing for is always in play and that’s really heightened this year, I think.”

Legion: Season 2 debuts in April on FX. Keep up with the latest from the show with @LegionFX on Twitter, the official “Legion” Facebook page, and @Legion_FX on Instagram!

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Watch Gregg's 'Mini Marvel Movie' this Friday on ABC at 9|8c!

As we near the 100th episode, another “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” milestone is on the horizon. Clark Gregg, aka Agent Phil Coulson, will his “S.H.I.E.L.D” and Marvel Cinematic Universe debut this Friday in a brand new episode.

The talented star took time to talk to Marvel.com about directing his very own “mini Marvel movie” in episode 506 titled “Fun & Games.”

Marvel.com: Hi Clark, I know the idea of you directing an episode was floated or offered in past seasons by EPs Jed and Mo. What drew you to this season or story arc that made you feel now was the right time for your ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ directorial debut?

Clark Gregg: It just felt so daunting. I’m not sure if, in the past, they really…. They just asked, “What do you think? Is this something you want to do?” I said, “I’m not sure I do.”

I find the process of just doing my work pretty all-consuming for the most part. The idea that I would be prepping and acting during one episode, directing and acting during another episode, and editing and acting during a third episode…. You’re talking about five weeks of double duty. The thought was daunting.

They finally pushed a little bit at this season. It seemed like time. I guess, honestly, I started going, “Oh, stop being such a chicken. You’ll be fine.” It had been so different from what I’ve done. It’s weird to step outside of your comfort zone around family. It was a silly thing to be so cognizant about. It ended up being, everyone was so incredible in terms of the way they everyone showed up and supported me. I was really moved.

Marvel.com: Speaking of the difficulties of performing doing double duty, did your cast mates and close friends simplify the process since you knew exactly what you need to draw from their performances?

Clark Gregg: Well, yes and no. Yes, in that I certainly had a shorthand with them about what we want to try to do, ways the script could give us a chance to push us into new territory. They all also have deep and interesting ideas that helped me. I got to play a different role and dig in together and collaborate with them in a way someone who isn’t….

I didn’t see this coming, but someone who isn’t a fellow cast member might not as easily be able to. It’s two actors agreeing to let one of the actors also direct and try to explore together the moments of the scene. That’s very unusual. One by one, everybody came to me and said, “I’m in. What do you want to do? Let’s try it.” I was really moved by that.

Also, I was blown away to see what a lot of the other departments I don’t get to work with, the amazing work they do — from the set deck to the props to all the preparation that goes into every episode.

Marvel.com: TV is very different from film. You’ve written screenplays. You’ve produced and directed features. Is TV directing something you’d want to do more of in the future?

Clark Gregg: Yeah, in the right context, there were a lot of things that were particularly rewarding. I got to do some incredible, big moments that we’ve been waiting for all season. Or in the case of some of these moments, for four seasons. That was fun! I don’t want to do it in general, but there were things about it that were fun to do on my [episode] that I didn’t necessarily foresee how rewarding it would be. I came away thinking, “What was I waiting on? That was really cool and I hope I get to do it again some time.”

Marvel.com: This episode in particular was extremely dynamic. Did you feel comfortable handling the action, the intense moments I can’t list, the martial arts, and the romance this whole episode entailed?

Clark Gregg: On the one hand, I’ve been watching. I work with a lot of the directors. I’ve worked with the action unit that Garry Brown, Tanner and those guys run. For 100 episodes, I’ve got a lot of experience, and I’ve done it from the inside. I had a lot of bonuses going in. That said, they’ve got such an incredible ability, everyone from the Visual Effects department to the Stunts, I’ve talked about the actors. In a big episode, and we’ve had big episodes before like this, they all know how to do it in a way that puts the value on the screen quickly.

They all made this very easy for me. They were able to take the ideas that I had, the things I had always wanted to try, if I ever got to direct one, and make it fit in the mold of what they do effortlessly.

Marvel.com: With sci-fi element of this season taking our agents and the show in such a new direction and as we near the 100th episode, has there been anything you had always wanted to see happen on the show – not just storyline, but perhaps something visual or tone-wise – that you’d like to see ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ pursue?

Clark Gregg: Every time I think of something I want to see them do, it’s in the next script. It’s a little weird. I’ve said it before, but I never thought, when we started this 103 episodes ago, that I was going to get to do five or six different shows. They were completely reinvented; we got to do pods, and have LMDS and then here’s Ghost Rider. And now we’re in a sci-fi movie that I always wanted to be in. They’ve taken these groups of characters and bringing them in all these different pockets of the Marvel Universe that the movies haven’t explored necessarily, and using characters that’s just outside the field of vision of most cinematic fans. Milking every bit of it, and then BAM! tearing it all apart. Now we’re somewhere in space. As Henry’s character says in the first episode [of this season], “Well, it’s the one thing we haven’t done yet.” But it’s not! They’re going to come up with something else; I don’t know what it will be yet.

Marvel.com: Lastly, you’ve been such a consistent part of the Marvel Universe. What have some of the most surprising responses you’ve gotten to being Coulson?

Clark Gregg: The fact that Coulson called on it all from the start, a guy in an ill-fitting suit chasing Gwyneth Paltrow around in “Iron Man.” The fact that fans have connected with this guy makes a lot of sense in retrospect because he’s them – he’s their avatar. The way, the depth, and the duration in which the fans connected with him, they wouldn’t let him die. There’s just something about who he is and what he stands for that resonates, and continues to resonates, in a way I have trouble making sense of.

I went to do press for our European fans over the break in Portugal, and to see this huge mob of Portuguese and Spanish fans who want to talk about the Kree and what Kasius is thinking. Then to go to Italy, I was in a canal in Venice and all these tourists hanging over the bridge calling out in their languages “Phil! Phil!” I was like, “God, there’s something about this guy that people really connect to. It’s a real gift.

To hear more from Clark Gregg, watch Clark chat with Ryan on his turn as director on a brand new episode of This Week in Marvel:

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