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Currently, our weekly dose of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on ABC comes courtesy of ‘Agent Carter’ (with the exception of this week), but just because we’re caught up in the adventures of Peggy and Jarvis doesn’t mean that we’ve forgotten about Director Phil Coulson and the gang over on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..’ After all, the show’s winter finale dropped some major (Terrigenesis) bombs that have changed the game. Now that the Inhumans have been introduced on the show prior to starring in their own movie in 2018, how does the big man on the Bus feel about it? Clark Gregg let’s us know in a brand new interview.

While speaking to Comic Book Resources about the first television series to be set in the MCU as they prepare for the second part of their second season, Gregg expressed great excitement for such a crucial part of the future of Marvel Studios’ films to be introduced on their show:

“I’m excited by it. I think the Inhumans is a big, cool part of the Marvel universe, a great story. And we’ll set up something. We’ll get to explore it. I’m glad they’re entrusting us with it, and I think that they’ll take what they’re going to do with it, and it will connect. And yet, we’ll have the freedom to kind of make our show be our show. I think our show’s working better this year because it is what it is. People are less asking me ‘When is Tony Stark going to show up?’ And stopping me on the street really worried about Leo Fitz. What happens on our show has to work for our show, and if at some point in the future, because they always think of cool stuff, it becomes something that crosses over with the movie, fantastic.”

And considering that they’re not that far into filming just yet, the star has trouble assessing the major changes in the series now that a superpowered element has been introduced to the team by way of Skye/Daisy Johnson/Quake:

Agents of SHIELD season 2 Coulson Skye“Hard to say. I don’t know yet. We haven’t shot enough that I really have a good answer for that. What I like about it is, it’s not your typical origin story. All along S.H.I.E.L.D. has kind of been about protecting people from what they don’t know about, which often means people who are on the index — people who have powers because they’ve been kind of mutated or given powers by technology or Hydra or various alien artifacts. Inhumans represents a different chapter.

At least in the comics, the Inhumans, they’re a race of people who’ve been transformed. They’re mutants, more or less. I’ve always loved that part of the comics. They’re people who have evolved differently, and that generates a lot of fear. Some people want to annihilate them. Some people want to lock them up. Some people want to register them. Some of them become superheroes. Some of them become monsters. I find that particularly germane. Are we going to accept the people who are different, or are we going to try to wipe them out?”

Finally, since we know that the Inhumans are set to featured in their own Phase Three movie, Gregg comments about his character’s future on the big screen in an upcoming Marvel movie by saying that he and Coulson have the same desire to reach out to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes once again to assure them that Loki couldn’t keep him down:

“It’s funny: the membrane between me and the character is so thin, I really want to explain to the Avengers, that I didn’t just lie to them. So I would really like it for that reason, yes. But I’m having an awfully good time where I am.”

What do you think about Clark Gregg’s assessment of the new status quo of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’? Are you excited for the show to return to find out exactly how everything has changed since the Terrigen Mists emerged from the Obelisk? Sound off in the comments below.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ starring Brett Dalton, Ming-Na Wen, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Chloe Bennet, and Clark Gregg returns this spring.