MCU’s Clark Gregg Reacts to The Batman’s Gil Colson

Actor Clark Gregg played Agent Phil Coulson both on the movie and television screen, and the actor now spots a similarity in The Batman.

Agents of SHIELD actor Clark Gregg saw The Batmanand pointed out one glaring similarity.

From 2008 through 2020, Gregg portrayed Agent Phillip J. “Phil” Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After seeing the new film based on DC Comics’ caped crusader, he posted on Twitter a simple message: “Gil Colson?” The question is a callout to actor Peter Sarsgaard’s role in The Batman as Gotham City District Attorney Gil Coulson.

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While the two names may be very similar, the actors’ respective characters couldn’t be more different. Sarsgaard plays mostly a minor role in The Batman as a district attorney, while Gregg leveled up from a supporting cast member in films like Iron Man to the star of his own series. There is another similarity that the two share, but it involves spoilers for both The Batman and The Avengers (2012).


The Batman is expected to follow a similar path to the MCU, being that spinoff series are currently in the works, set to be in the same universe as the film. Though its current canon status remains in question, the majority of Agents of SHIELD followed the MCU timeline, referencing the events of several films like Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron and more. As for The Batmanone planned series is set to focus on Arkham Asylum, while another featuring actor Colin Farrell’s Penguin has received a series order for HBO Max.

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Agents of SHIELD recently made the news when the show and all of Netflix’s former Marvel series made the leap from the streaming platform to Disney+. Though characters like Matt Murdock/Daredevil and Wilson Fisk/Kingpin have found their way into the MCU, portrayed by their original Netflix actors, Gregg has yet to return to the main movie universe. The last big screen adventure that the character was a part of was Captain Marvel in 2019, though the film was set years before the first Iron Man movie.

Gregg is not the only one to give The Batman some recognition though, being that fans are praising the latest DC blockbuster, with some even going as far to say that it is the greatest Batman film to date. The movie continues to climb the box office charts, passing $300 million domestically as of writing. Just how high the film’s performance remains to be seen.


The Batman is currently playing exclusively in theaters while the entirety of Agents of SHIELD is available to stream on Disney+.

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