Let’s be real here: Everyone in the Marvel fandom loves Clark Gregg. When his character Agent Phil Coulson met his demise at the hands of Loki in ‘The Avengers,’ the fans rallied and brought him back to life to star in his own series ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ where he leads his own team of heroes. But beyond his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it always seems like he’s on the same wavelength as a number of True Believers around the world. Recently, we saw another instance of this during an ABC panel in London earlier this week.
According to MCM Buzz, Gregg joined ‘Agent Carter’ star Hayley Atwell and a number of headliners from some of ABC’s most popular shows like ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ and ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ for the ABC Studios Tour, an international press tour to promote the network. During the panel, Gregg and Atwell were asked about a crossover between their two shows. Though Peggy Carter was more reserved in her answer, it seems like Coulson’s fanboy side came out a bit:
Atwell: “It’s Marvel – anything could happen.
Gregg: “It’s something I would kill for. Hayley might be in more episodes of our show in flashbacks, but I don’t know. I would really like it – the show’s magnificent and I can’t wait for you to see it!”
After the panel, Atwell took to her Twitter to tease this supposed crossover:
— Hayley Atwell (@HayleyAtwell) June 22, 2015
But Peggy isn’t the only heroine of the MCU that Gregg championed during the panel. When the issue of diversity came up in reference to the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ merchandise controversy that excluded Black Widow from various items, he called it “unacceptable” that Scarlett Johansson’s character and other female characters have been left off of things like shirts and toys:
“I’ll tell you about my daughter who’s 13 now. I tried to get her to watch the first ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, she looked at me like, ‘Ugh, Dad – it’s a boys’ show!’ And then she got a look at Elizabeth Henstridge playing a biotech genius, and Chloe Bennet playing a computer genius, and Adrianne Palicki being a warrior, and now she’s right beside me with it. I think it’s got to be two steps together – as more and more of these issues are put forward things will change. And maybe when Agent Romanoff gets the film that she deserves, some of the merchandise will start to follow.”
Damn right, Mr. Gregg! I mean, it’s not that hard to put Gamora on a t-shirt with the other Guardians of the Galaxy, right? At least we now won’t have to wait for a female-lead film like ‘‘Captain Marvel’ to change the tide of what sort of Marvel movie-related merchandise that we see on the shelves. Marvel senior Vice President of Licensing Paul Gitter has assured more merchandising (specifically Black Widow merchandise) is on its way when ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is released.
Would you like to see a crossover between ‘Agent Carter’ and ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ where Peggy Carter and Phil Coulson somehow come face to face? Which female characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe would you like to see on more merchandise? And can we just reconfirm that Clark Gregg is awesome? Sound off in the comments.