In the season 3 finale of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” titled “Ascension” which takes place six months into the future, S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) said some words that were puzzling for fans. “Call the Director. We struck out again.” Coulson is clearly not the director of SHIELD anymore, but who is? Even Gregg was surprised when he first learned of the decision.
Clark Gregg told Entertainment Weekly (EW) that he learned of the news of his demotion from director to agent on the night before the premiere of “Captain America: Civil War.” Gregg says he texted the writers immediately, looking for some answers. However, he is not saddened to hear the news. “I wasn’t pissed about it at all,” Gregg told EW, adding, “They had an episode very early on after he was made director that said heavy is the head that wears the crown. I think that’s true. It was a job he was given. Maybe in the back of his mind, he dreamed of being the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. someday, but it wasn’t his lifelong dream.”
Gregg said that Phil Coulson belonged to the field and that was where he was happiest. “I’m sure he has regrets, but I’m sure he feels pretty good about what he was able to accomplish. Other than the regrets he has about where Daisy seems to be, I suspect there’s a part of him that’s very happy to return to Agent Phil Coulson,” Gregg told EW. In the season 3 finale which takes place six months later, Daisy has become a rogue Inhuman called Quake, notes TV Line.
It wasn’t made clear whether Phil Coulson gave up his post as director of SHIELD or was removed. As regards to the identity of the new director, Clark Gregg has no clue. “I don’t know that it’s been determined. I thought I was going to find out when I saw Civil War, but it’s not at all clear,” Gregg told EW, adding that he thinks it’ll probably be someone less qualified than Coulson.
However, Gregg said that he’d love to see Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) become the new director in season 4. “That would be magnificent. She has earned that right and she is a commander that Coulson would absolutely follow with absolute loyalty,” Gregg said. It’s a choice that seems quite plausible indeed.