Clark Gregg is tired of your s***.
The actor, whose role as Agent Coulston in various films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has led to him starring in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD series on ABC, is aware that many critics and fans are frustrated with the show so far, with some stating that they have all but given up on it, while others are forced to watch it for our amusement. Well, if you’re one of the people who has quit on SHIELD., Gregg has a message for you. Speaking with The Salt Lake Tribune on the set of the show, Gregg had the following to say about fans, or Marvel “geeks,” who have given up on the show due to the lack of appearances by more characters from the Marvel Universe: “Those aren’t geeks. Those are losers.”
Given the fact that “geeks” like that are a huge part of why this show even exists, that position does seem ridiculous.
There seems to be a false narrative — one that I honestly find hilarious — that people who dislike the show are only mad because there aren’t more super powered characters, when in reality people are mad because they feel the show is bad and it doesn’t have more super powered characters. If you’re going to make a bad show, at least make a bad show with lots of characters who can fly and break things with their minds.
Further, it’s not as if the negative response regarding Agents of SHIELD has come exclusively from longtime Marvel readers; you’d be hard pressed to find any television critic whose position on the series is largely positive, as most seem to find it to be, so far, a poorly written and poorly conceived series. I’m not sure if that makes them losers.
No less an authority than Jim Steranko, whose seminal work on Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD for Marvel in the ’70s has informed every iteration of the agency since, has been extremely critical of the series to date in his write-ups for The Hollywood Reporter, saying the plots “defy logic.” Asked about Steranko’s opinion, Gregg reportedly said, perhaps jokingly, that Steranko should “make his own show.” In discussing it, we at ComicsAlliance feel that a more appropriate response would have been:
“Thank you, Mr. Steranko, for creating work that ultimately led to me having what is easily the biggest gig in my acting career. My kids really appreciate all this new money. My new house has five bathrooms. You’re the best.”
You know, something like that.