The idea of the Little Guy is something that I am very fierce about, and there has never been a better Little Guy than Clark Gregg. That intrigued me, this world around the superhero community. It’s the people whose shop windows get blown up when the Destroyer shows up. It’s the more intimate stories that belong on television that we can really tap into the visual style and ethos, and even some of the mythology, of the Marvel movies. I think we’ve put together another really great ensemble headed by Clark.
- Joss Whedon on bringing back Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson for his S.H.I.E.L.D. series.
The Coulson character is great fun and it’s nice that there will be some new characters of color as part of the ensemble for S.H.I.E.L.D, but it’s tiresome to see Marvel constantly fronting white male leads. All ten of the released or planned movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe center around a white male lead, and here it is again—another ensemble with a white dude at the head. (And he’s supposed to represent the “little guy” in our society.)
There is such a diversity in gender and race that Marvel and Whedon could tap into when creating this series based on Marvel’s legacy alone. A S.H.I.E.L.D. character like Maria Hill, Jimmy Woo, Gabe Jones, Daisy Johnson, Marcus Johnson, Jessica Drew, or Abigail Brand could have headed the ensemble with Coulson in a “Nick Fury”-esque role.
Also, since it’s from a huge existing property that will get viewers no matter what, this would have been a great time to try an ensemble lead who was not another white dude.