Clark Gregg is back on ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

Writer/director Joss Whdeon, left, with actor Clark Gregg at the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." panel discussion at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Actor Clark Gregg (inset) thought his time playing “S.H.I.E.L.D.’’ agent Phil Coulson was up because, well, he was dead. “My next-to-last day on ‘The Avengers’ involved this certain Asgardian fellow impaling me quite convincingly,’’ he said with a chuckle to reporters at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. “I was surprised how emotional it was to me to give up the character and the long-term job — I made jokes like, ‘Is there a rewrite going to be coming from the governor at any point? Do you want to shoot one where he grazes me a little bit?’ ’’ But just when he thought he was out, “Avengers’’ director Joss Whedon pulled the Boston native back into the superhero universe, resurrecting the Coulson character for the new ABC series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’’ which premieres Sept. 24. While the mechanics of Coulson’s return to duty are part of the ongoing backstory, Gregg assures fans it will be consistent with the film’s universe. The actor, who’s had memorable stints in both comedies (“The New Adventures of Old Christine’’) and dramas (“The West Wing’’), says he’s excited to see what happens in the ever-expanding universe. “I feel very, very fortunate. And to have him expanded now in this format and to have him interact with this amazing young cast of actors is really a great thing.’’

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