Oct 21, 2014 3:24 PM
'S.H.I.E.L.D' fans push for Coulson/May romance
The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) There's Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, aka Brangelina, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, aka Kimye. But are you ready for Philinda?
Clark Gregg says that's the moniker "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." fans have come up with as they push for an on-screen romance between his character, S.H.I.E.L.D. chief Phil Coulson, and longtime agent Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen.
The 52-year-old Gregg says some "very vocal and passionate" viewers have been on social media sites saying they "want to see that come to some kind of fruition" on the ABC show, airing Tuesdays (9 p.m. EDT).
Gregg has learned to pay attention to fan campaigns: After Coulson was killed off in "The Avengers," devotees launched an international movement to bring him back under the slogan #CoulsonLives just days after the film's release in 2012. He says that's why Coulson returned for the "S.H.I.E.L.D." TV series, now in its second season. "It was on bridges in the Danube and on a beach in Africa," says Gregg, "and Marvel listens to that."
He says the role has garnered him a fan at home: his nearly 13-year-old daughter Stella.
"Sometimes she likes to watch the show with me kind of curled up in my arms and when Coulson's in jeopardy she squeezes in really tight," he says. "I wouldn't trade that for anything in the world."
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