Clark Gregg Speculates Who Could be the Next Director of SHIELD

After the shocking events of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" Season 3 finale, it's now clear that Phil Coulson isn't sticking as the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- but who could be next in line? Series star Clark Gregg sounded off with a possibility, but suggested that Nick Fury might have more say in the matter.

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"I was not given a clear answer," Gregg told Entertainment Weekly, when asked if he knew who the new director is going to be. "I don't know that it's been determined. 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. 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."

Considering who would be the best option, Gregg had one name in mind: Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen).

"I'd love it if it was [May]," Gregg says. "That would be magnificent. She has earned that right and she is a commander that Coulson would absolutely follow with absolute loyalty."

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