What's on tap for the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this fall to ABC? Let's see: Poor Fitz is in a coma, with Simmons likely traumatized after watching her friend nearly die; Grant Ward is in custody after he was outed as a HYDRA sleeper agent; and Phil Coulson is the new director of the agency, tasked with rebuilding the organization from the ground up in secret.
That last point is the one that's most likely to drive the new season forward, according to Clark Gregg. The actor spoke with IGN about what to expect in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2, and the answer is "a very different Coulson than the guy who everyone knew."
"A lot of people who knew him in the old days say, 'He's different.' I think you would have to be different having gone through that stuff," Gregg said. "I think he's reinventing himself and re-understanding himself as a person anyway, which is probably really necessary to taking in the new environment and figuring out what S.H.I.E.L.D. ought to be in a way that it doesn't get rotten again."
"Coulson got to watch himself pre-memory wipe describing why he thought the whole Tahiti Project was a bad idea. He was talking about all the things that were happening to the people they were using on it and why he suggested they can the whole thing - and looked pretty shaken while he was saying it," Gregg continued. "So I've got to suspect that some of the stuff he saw and some of those patients have some version of the stuff that's going to happen to him. So we go from having no SHIELD at all, with a director on the run, to a tiny Guerrilla S.H.I.E.L.D. with Agent Coulson at its head, and maybe not in his own right head. That sounds fun."