Is Agent Coulson in ‘Thor: The Dark World’?

Interesting snippet from a Salon interview with Clark Gregg (X). Relevant text highlighted for effect.

As a veteran actor, how does it feel to be at the center of such an expansive universe?

Um, it’s awesome. I mean, you know, I’ve done plays where I was the lead. I’ve been in a couple of little movies where I was the lead, but you’re right. Usually, I come in a couple days a week and get to play with Robert Downey, or Chris Hemsworth, or Anthony Hopkins in these new movies, and how cool is it to be front and center, running the team? On the one hand, it’s kind of nervous-making. I kept kind of looking around for, you know, who was I supporting? And I realize it’s up to me. I have to do it. But again, I’ve been at it a while. And I enjoy it. I really relish taking on that role. I hope people have a connection with Phil Coulson and his journey, that they’re going to want to go on this ride.