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…
Joss Whedon has been behind some of the coolest television shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly) and Marvel’s epic superhero team up film, The Avengers. So, it’s only natural that he’s the guy at the helm for the new television series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The question of the hour has got to be how closely will Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. follow the complex Marvel film universe? And Joss Whedon has some answers…
Joss Whedon is notorious for working with the same pool of actors. Several have gone on to appear in multiple projects of his from TV (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) to movies (The Avengers, Cabin In The Woods). Much Ado About Nothing (opening in limited theaters on June 7th and nationwide on June 21st) is no different. His Shakespearean adaptation includes several familiar faces, including Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg and Fran Kanz.
Er, maybe watching The Walking Dead in the middle of hunkering down for a natural disaster wasn’t the wisest thing in the world. As it is, the nonstop news coverage of preparations for Frankenstorm Sandy has those of us in the Mid-Atlantic region whipped into a frenzy of battery shopping, canned-goods hoarding and … well, working from home like normal bloggers. But yeah, watching Andrea and Michonne’s introduction to the creepy town of Woodbury didn’t make us feel much better about this hurricane deal. Especially now that we’ve seen pictures of what it looks like out there. Just watch the original intro to Walking Dead (we’re not even going to touch season three’s much starker version), and then scroll down look at what New York and the surrounding region look like today:
The cast of The Avengers reads like our dream dinner party guest list. From Robert Downey Jr. and Jeremy Renner to Scarlett Johanssonand Chris Hemsworth, the whole crew seems like the coolest (and sexiest!) gang that a person could ask for. And according to costar Cobie Smulders, they’re super fun, too! The lovely Ms. Smulders caught up with VH1 News at The Avengers premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, and she insisted that the cast got along together great both onscreen and off.
“It was really cool. It could have been a disastrous movie,” she admitted. “It was huge actors, huge characters, and I think it all comes back to Joss Whedon who wrote such an amazing script and it gave everybody their moment, you know.” But although they worked hard, Cobie says that they definitely made time to party hard as well. “I mean, we were in Albuquerque for awhile. There were a few nights, wild nights. Which I can’t really remember. But um, but it was a lot of fun. Everyone was super cool.” Damn, it makes us wish we’d been cast! Read more…
Surprise, Buffy/Firefly/Avengers/Dollhouse/Dr. Horrible fans! Joss Whedon has been cheating on you. OK, not really, but he was really sneaky and for some reason wrote and directed an entire movie, somehow based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, in secret. That’s according to a website that popped up on Sunday night, which simply announced the “completion of principle photography” and featured the above pic and a cast list that includes Angel/Dollhouse alums Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof, Firefly/Serenity’s Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher, and other Whedonverse and non-Whedonverse actors. “A film by Joss Whedon based on a play,” it says at the bottom of the page.
Whedonites are probably scratching their heads about all this secrecy — is it a rejection of the hype that usually accompanies Joss projects? Read more…
About frickin’ time, we say! One of our favorite stars ever, Neil Patrick Harris was awarded a Hollywood Walk of Fame star yesterday. It’s right in front of the Pantages Theatre across from the legen—wait for it —dary (we had to throw in some Barney Stinson) dive bar, the Frolic Room. Of which Neil said in his acceptance speech, “This won’t be the first time I’ve been plastered on the sidewalk in front of the Frolic Room.”
Fiance David Burtka, Joss Whedon and his How I Met Your Mother co-star Jason Segel, the latter of whom introduced Harris to the waiting crowd. He joked, saying, “Neil has been entertaining us in television, stage, the Internet and film for over 60 years.” Cue a Doogie Howser flashback! Neil tweeted a photograph of his star as well, modestly writing, “Things I dig”. Congratulations! It’s well deserved!
Let’s admit it: The Avengers has a lot to live up to. Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America and Thor—all characters who have earned their own movie—crammed into one summer blockbuster with a handful of other heroes, and directed by Buffy creator Joss Whedon, far better known for nuanced TV character work than special effects extravaganzas? If you thought this sounds less than certain to work, Robert Downey Jr. would have agreed with you. “I tend to look at a scene and say Ã¢â‚¬ËœThis is absolutely impossible, we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t shoot this, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s horrible.Ã‚Â I can tell you ten other movies its been in.Ã‚Â I refuse,’” said the actor behind Iron Man at the Hero Complex Film Festival this weekend. “I usually start off the morning by refusing to do what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve signed on to do.Ã‚Â So I brought that attitude, happily. Anyway, I just thought how are you going to put all us clowns together? HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wearing a suit.Ã‚Â HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all jacked up.Ã‚Â HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so and so.Ã‚Â And poor Mark Ruffalo, what he’s gonna out do us?”
That was the wind up…and here’s the serve. “WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re about six weeks in and I have to say Whedon is nailing it.Ã‚Â HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so smart and so good. Ã‚Â ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be great.Ã‚Â I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe I just said it, I never could’ve believed it but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gonna be great.” While his confidence should be taken with a grain of salt, it is a relief to hear the eternally frank RDJ going to bat for the project like this—even if he practically admits he did it for the money. Will Marvel’s gamble pay off? Only one year until we find out for ourselves!