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Clark Gregg Doesn’t Know Who the New S.H.I.E.L.D. Director is Yet; Talks Civil War Changes

Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson in 'Agents of SHIELD'

The events of Captain America: Civil War will affect the fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. more than a little.

Clark Gregg‘s character, Phil Coulson, will have been demoted from director to agent, and the actor suggested that this is because of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s handling of Inhumans especially the threat posed by Hive.

Gregg told Entertainment Weekly, “Since it’s clear that Coulson is Team Cap, Jed [Whedon] and Maurissa [Tancharoen] have fiendishly put Coulson on the spot, because Hive [Brett Dalton] turned out to be the living embodiment of all the reasons why you would be afraid of Inhumans. He was the greatest argument that the people who support the Sokovia Accords could ever have for locking them all up. Coulson had to ride the line where he was trying to respect these new iterations of humanity as friends and allies, and at the same time stop Hive at all costs.”

Gregg also offered some insight on how the new director might be chosen, suggesting that Nick Fury might come in out of the shadows. He said: “I don’t know that it’s been determined [about the new director]. I thought I was going to find out when I saw Civil War, but it’s not at all clear. It all depends when the glorious Nick Fury [Samuel L. Jackson] returns from the cold and the shadows.”

He added, “I suspect, in the wake of the Sokovia Accords and the end of Civil War, the people involved in choosing who the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be are other than in-house S.H.I.E.L.D. people. If I know my government bureaucracies, I have a feeling it will be someone somewhat less qualified than Coulson to run S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Who does Gregg WANT to have the job? Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen).

He said, “I’d love it if it was [her]. That would be magnificent. She has earned that right and she is a commander that Coulson would absolutely follow with absolute loyalty.”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for its fourth season this fall on ABC.SuperFable