After years in the both the Joss Whedon and Marvel universes, Clark Gregg has some perspective on this whole business we call show. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Trust Me star got real during a recent Twitter Q&A, revealing that the best ice cream flavor to accurately describe Hollywood life is none other than rocky road. Sorry, but life is sadly not always filled with rainbow sprinkles.
Clark Gregg‘s Agent Coulson is making the jump from fan boy favorite in The Avengers movies to team leader on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the actor couldn’t be happier about it. Gregg spilled to us about which cast member is poised to break out, which Whedonverse actor he’d love to see join the team and why playing Agent Coulson makes him feel like Captain Kirk.
Fall television is about to get a whole lot more “super” tonight when Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuts on ABC at 8/7 C. The Joss Whedon series is a spin-off of Marvel’s Avengers movies and sees fan favorite Clark Gregg return to the role of Agent Coulson. The only problem that fans have with Agent Coulson’s return? He’s supposed to have died in The Avengers.
So can Clark Gregg explain to us what happened to Agent Coulson? We spoke to him recently and he said, “I know more than you know, but I don’t know that much.” As it turns out, though, he seems to know a lot more than us and sheds some light on whether we might be hearing from Thanos, Hydra or that cellist in Portland this season…
Agent Coulson supposedly died in The Avengers, so then why is Clark Gregg playing him on the new spin-off television series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? “I think I’m alive because [the fans] wanted it!” Gregg told us at Comic-Con last week.
Yes…but how is Agent Coulson still alive? More importantly, what happened to Agent Coulson’s beloved Captain America trading cards? Gregg had some enticing answers…
The Avengers is raking it in at the box office this weekend — it already has the highest midnight opening of a comic-book movie — and even though it’s probably not going to break that many records, we’re pretty sure Robert Downey Jr. and company are at the top of Marvel’s list of real-life heroes. At the red-carpet premiere of the movie last week, we decided to let the stars get a little sappy and share who their heroes are. Get ready to “awwww.”
“My mum and my dad,” Tom Hiddleston, who plays villain Loki, told VH1 News without hesitation. “Just because they’ve taught me everything I know really about life. They haven’t consciously taught it to me, they, they’ve just, uh, lead by example. They’re intensely good people, with a great deal of kindness and humility. It’s only now that I’m older that I can appreciate it.”
Clark Gregg also praised his Stanford professor father, “who’s dedicated his life to exploring different religions in a way that breaks down the imagined barriers,” along with President Obama. “I’m gonna come out and say that I’m a big fan of Barack Obama,” he said. “I don’t think he had a perfect first term but I believe, I like the things he believes in.”
As we were psyching ourselves up for our Summer Movie Preview week and the movie season in general, we decided to ask the stars themselves what flicks they’re looking forward to. Some of them, as you can see in the video above, had their answers ready: The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus and Rock of Ages were popular choices. Others, like Michelle Williams, gave us embarrassed looks as they admitted to not having a ready made movie calendar in their heads. Well, Michelle and the rest of the you can relax now. We’ve got a handy-dandy list here. And before, while and after you print it out, don’t forget to vote for your favorite Heroes, Heroines, Villains and Funny Ladies from this summer’s movies!
The Avengers – Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson
LOL (limited release) – Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, Ashley Greene, Adam Sevani, Douglas Booth
Dark Shadows – Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Eva Green, Chloe Grace Moretz
The Dictator – Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Megan Fox, John C. Reilly, J.B. Smoove
Remember how Scarlett Johansson told Flare magazine that she was the “only girl in the film,” and that she is “obviously going to be more aware that I’m surrounded by a bunch of suits. Everybody is going to be wearing black and grey and it will be nice to add femininity and some female sex appeal to the lineup. I think I’ll steer clear of the tuxedo”? She was talking, of course, about her film The Avengers, which premiered last night in L.A. And no matter how much “female sex appeal” she brought, the men were the clear winners of this round.
Scarlett herself wore a little black dress by Versace which we’re still trying to love, but all eyes were on the dudes. Robert Downey Jr. was flamboyant in an eggplant suit while Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner were all sharp in different shades of gray. Alexander Skarsgard looked totally hot in a black suit, sans tie and white shirt and was accompanied by his father, Stellan Skarsgard. Samuel L. Jackson brought on his A-game in white. A smattering of other celebrities attended as well, and to see what Aisha Tyler, Mark Ruffalo, Dominic Monaghan and such wore, take a look at our gallery below.
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