With tonight being the Season Seven premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We here at CGU wanted to say thank you to Clark for everything he has given to us over the last twelve years.
Some people hold the impression that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is just another TV show. However, to this small but active fan-base, it’s not just a TV show, it’s a love that we have never felt before. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Phil Coulson hold a special place in our hearts.
When Clark Gregg graced our theater screens back in 2008, we had no idea what he would end up meaning to us all. From Iron Man to The Avengers, we fell in love with not only the character of Phil Coulson but the actor that played him. Clark Gregg is that every man actor, that special face that most people find themselves asking “Where do I know him from?”
Clark Gregg has had an illustrious career and even though he has had some amazing roles over the years. Nothing has come close to the character of Phil Coulson.
We now find ourselves seven years after the big #CoulsonLives movement, once again facing a sad goodbye to our most beloved character.
In 2012, Joss Whedon firsthand saw the ramifications that shocked the world with the #CoulsonLives movement. He gave the fans what they wanted and brought him back via the first Marvel Television show on ABC. Clark Gregg would reprise his role as Phil Coulson with a young group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. It was a first of their kind type of show in the Marvel Universe.
Just like his start in the MCU Movies, little did Clark know that this newfound show would last seven seasons but also be the longest lasting television show among Marvel Television, outlasting shows like Cloak and Dagger, Agent Carter, Daredevil, Jessica Jones just to name a few.
The fan-base of Marvel Studios and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is different because we have grown used to not having those big names like Thor, Iron Man or even Captain America. Our names are Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons, Quake AKA, Daisy Johnson, Melinda May. However, we had some amazing stars from the movies that crossed over, which included Samuel L. Jackson, Colbie Smulders, Maximiliano Hernández, Powers Booth, etc. Even comprising a guest star cast that just once again proves how great this show is with greats like Bill Paxton, John Hannah, Ruth Negga, Kyle MacLachlan, Adrian Pasdar, Reed Diamond, Blair Underwood, Constance Zimmer, and the list goes on and on. Clark Gregg and the main cast truly went above and beyond anything that was ever expected, and each year faced cancellation but proving everyone wrong and getting that one extra season. Now, after so many years, the cast and writers get to say goodbye on their terms.
It’s so hard to say goodbye to such a beloved show, but it’s even harder to say goodbye to such a beloved character. A character that we fell in love with over twelve years ago.
Fans alike have followed this journey of multiple deaths, scars, PTSD, and even witnessed him fall in love, be it as a father figure to Daisy Johnson or his untimely demise with the love of his life, Melinda May. One thing we can say for certain is that we will miss Clark Gregg playing our beloved Phil Coulson.
Phil Coulson represents the everyday man without powers. From Season One of following the journey through the HYDRA take over to changing the future and choosing the world over himself. Phil Coulson was the embodiment of what we wish the world was and how people are in actual life. When Jemma told Daisy at the end of Season Six, “Frankly, I just miss him.” It was exactly what we all felt. Frankly, we just miss Phillip J. Coulson.
Season Six was a crazy ride. From the 100% DNA match of Phil Coulson to the flashback Tahiti scenes, we spent an entire season feeling exactly how May truly felt. We had to watch a man with Coulson’s face parade around, unsure of who he truly was.
Thankfully, with the last season upon us, we wonder no more. The Final Season will comprise Clark Gregg once again reprising his role as our favorite avenger, Phil Coulson.
If you go back and think about what makes Phil Coulson so special, you find that the most beautiful aspect of it is that Clark Gregg is truly Phil Coulson. He was not a comic book character; Stan Lee hadn’t created him. He was a person who was given a part but changed the way people viewed him to the point where he was included in comic books and made canon in the Marvel Universe. When he died in The Avengers, the world mourned and demanded our guy back.
So, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you, Clark Gregg. Thank you for bringing us this character for the last twelve years. Thank you for giving us 136 extra hours of this beautiful soul. We are so tremendously grateful for you, sir.
Over the years, the love for this character has transcended continents. Fans alike have not only wanted to meet the man behind the suit but have created some amazing fan art, fan fiction, and also cosplay as Phillip J. Coulson. Love has no bounds when it comes to Clark Gregg.
Phil Coulson is not the only one who is beloved, Clark Gregg is such an amazing person and truly loves his fans. When fans get to grab a photo with him regardless of it being at a comic con or after a theater production. Getting a like, retweet, or even an Instagram story view, it means the entire world to us. That you take the time to interact with your fan-base makes it incredibly more special, you are truly a gift to us all.
I am personally so thankful for everything Clark has done for me. Meeting him multiple times, I truly can’t thank you enough for your kindness. I know I have said it before, but I am so incredibly proud to wear your signature on my arm. I am forever grateful for all you do for this fan-base and this fandom. I look forward to seeing you again at our friendly neighborhood con.
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