Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Coulson in almost all of the Marvel Comics movie adaptations, told Crave Online that he still has filming to do on next summer’s superhero crossover film The Avengers. "I was in Albuquerque two days ago,” Gregg said during an interview from the Northridge, Calif. set of The To-Do List. “There's almost nothing I can say, except that it's the funnest ensemble movie in the history of the planet, and that Joss Whedon is God."
Gregg said that he completed his work in New Mexico, but still has filming to complete in other locations. “I'm not completely wrapped on The Avengers. I have some more work in Ohio, but I'm definitely wrapped in Albuquerque.”
Crave Online spoke to Gregg on the set of The To-Do List, a sex comedy starring Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Rec) that was written and directed by Maggie Carey (Funny Or Die). Gregg indicated that his participation in both films required some negotiation of his schedule between their respective producers. "Let's just say there were a number of phone calls that went on between the producers of this movie and the producers of The Avengers,” he said. “Somehow, it worked out."
At the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel revealed the all-star cast of the film, which is being written and directed by Jos Whedon (Serenity). Gregg suggested that he and his co-stars may make an appearance at the 2011 Comic-Con, although Marvel made no official announcements thus far. “There may be a S.H.I.E.L.D. presence at the Con."
Although Gregg previously appeared in Iron Man and Thor, he admitted that it’s still an unusual experience to play scenes with superheroes with a straight face. “It's kind of bizarre to be in a comic book movie and a superhero movie,” he admitted. “To try and have a serious conversation with a bunch of people with giant muscles, some real, some not, in neoprene, and they look very much like the people you've been reading in comics, it's hard to keep a straight face.”
“On the other hand, to see those people and have it be Robert Downey Jr. or Sam Jackson, a lot of Academy Award nominations out there, that's kind of remarkable,” he continued. “Unfortunately, a lot of times, very few of us were there at the same time. There was one or two weekends, when everybody was there, and there were some hilarious 'Avengers assemble' texts that went out, with the location of Avengers assemble being some very rowdy Albuquerque nightclubs."
After appearing in so many other superheroes’ films, Gregg said he’s ready for his character to have his own adventure. "I certainly think it's a great idea,” he said with a laugh. “I'm just trying to get the Marvel guys as excited about it as I am. They seem to be weirdly more open to it. There's more talk about seeing Agent Coulson in some other mediums, lately, and I'm open to the idea."