Clark Gregg Relishes His Role as the ‘Connective Tissue’ of the Marvel Universe

Kara Warner
Movie Talk

Marvel Studios have already had the biggest movie of the year with this summer's "Iron Man 3." This fall, they've had one of the few breakout hits of the new TV season with "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." And this weekend, they are taking over cinemas again with "Thor: The Dark World." What's the common thread that's run from the big to the small screen? The unflappable (and seemingly unkillable) Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg.

"It's great to be connective tissue," Gregg told Yahoo Movies at Monday's Hollywood premiere of "Thor: The Dark World." He said, "That's what I was [in the movies], and that's what the show is."

Gregg not only connects the movie world to the TV one, he even connected Yahoo's live stream of the "Thor" red carpet to an upcoming episode of "S.H.I.E.L.D." by bringing with him a special prop which he said "brings back some bad memories."

"This is a helmet from our friends, the Chitauris," Gregg explained, along with a playful reminder that the Chitauris were the angry alien race responsible for much of the destruction in "The Avengers."

"I have a feeling this is relic from an upcoming 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' episode," Gregg teased, indicating that on Tuesday night his plucky agents will have to solve a murder mystery that deals with "what happened in New York," i.e. the climactic action sequence in Joss Whedon’s blockbuster. That’s about as far as he got with his explanation, but that didn’t stop him from dropping further hints about the Nov. 19 episode titled "The Well," which will reportedly deal with the aftermath of some of the events that occur on Earth in "The Dark World."

"We’re having a really good time," Gregg said of his work on the action adventure series, despite the fact that his character’s miraculous "rebirth" or survival from the seemingly fatal wound Coulson sustained in "The Avengers" has not yet been fully explained on the show.

"I'm the luckiest nerd who was ever born because I get to live in this [world]," said the avowed comic-book fan. He added that his character's new life on the TV show allows him to get in on the action more than he was able to in the films. He said, "I like doing some of the snappy dialogue, and some of the snarky Coulson quips, but it's nice to throw a few punches and get out of the way before any of the super villains swing back."

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." airs Tuesday nights on ABC, and Thor: The Dark World" hits theaters on Friday.