Anyone would assume that, when Agent Coulson died in The Avengers, Clark Gregg would no longer be playing this character. However, he actually did get the opportunity to continue playing Agent Coulson in various Marvel properties.
For instance, Clark Gregg has had a prominent role in the superhero TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and, thanks to de-aging technology, he played a younger Agent Coulson in Captain Marvel, the latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In an interview with Collider, Clark Gregg had the opportunity to speak about Captain Marvel.
Here is what Clark Gregg had to say about what it was like to work with de-aging technology for Captain Marvel:
“There’s not much going on, on the day. You look like yourself with some dots and more hair, both of us. Hilarious thing was his dots were white and my dots were black, which I thought was very like ebony and ivory.”
“Yet, that’s it. And we’re kind of looking at each other, grizzled veterans that we are, and going, ‘Oh, shit. We’re younger. We’re younger. I gotta remember to act that.’ So sometimes I’d kind of feel like I let a little old, grizzled, traumatized, beat up Phil Coulson slip into it, and I’d be like, ‘Wait, wait, whoa, whoa. Let me start over.’ Because this is a guy who isn’t even really sure what exactly he signed up for yet.”
“He just knows that this guy Fury is cool, and he wants to learn from him I feel like it’s the moment when he’s realizing, ‘oh this is exactly where I’m supposed to be. This is my destiny, is to be part of this, and to work with this guy.’ That’s the process of this movie, which I think is a cool moment in anyone’s life.”