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Clark Gregg talks about his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson in 'Thor,' hitting theaters May 6!

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By Zack Zeigler

Clark Gregg stars as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson in "Thor"

Clark Gregg was convinced his small part as Agent Phil Coulson in 2008’s “Iron Man” was a one-off. And if it wasn’t that, it was certainly replaceable.

“I’ve been acting a long time,” Gregg told reporters. “And every time you get excited, you hear, ‘Guess who’s playing Coulson in the next one!’”

But that hasn’t turned out to be the case.

“It was this little part, but something worked,” he said. “They needed a real person as the face of S.H.I.E.L.D., and every time they ask me to be in another film I’m like, ‘Really? Fantastic! Okay!”

When “Thor” opens nationwide on May 6, it will be Gregg’s third time reprising his post as Agent Coulson after “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2.” And as the character has developed into an integral member of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s become evident to audiences, as well as the actor himself, just how important Coulson is to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Chris Hemsworth and Clark Gregg star as Thor and Agent Coulson in "Thor"

"I feel like I represent what connects the Iron Man and Thor worlds together, and also what connects those worlds to the audience," Gregg said. "Coulson's a smart ass, but has clearly been trained in a serious way to have a spot in Nick Fury’s organization. Yet, to me, it still feels like he's a guy who goes home."

It’s fair to say that some people get that down-to-Earth feeling about Coulson, but from what we saw in both “Iron Man” films, it’s tough to make a definitive call. Aside from where he works and his penchant for snarky retorts, we don’t know a whole lot about him. But, according to Gregg, that’s going to change in “Thor.”

“I was intimidated about taking my character into the world of ‘Thor,’” he admitted. "I wanted it to feel like the same guy the audience was getting to know…but instead of being exactly the same, I got to unveil more about Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. For me, that’s the fun part about showing up for work. I get to find out where they’re going to take this guy.”

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Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the epic adventure "Thor" spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

"Thor" is from a screenplay by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz and Don Payne and a story by J. Michael Straczynski and Mark Protosevich. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige will produce the film. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Marvel Studio’s Co-President, Louis D'Esposito, will executive produce.

In addition to "Thor," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Captain America: The First Avenger" on July 22, 2011; "Marvel Studios' The Avengers" on May 4, 2012; and "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013.

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