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Female superheroes and characters have come such a long way, haven’t they? We mean, we’re now living in a world where little girls can look up to the likes of Star Wars‘ Rey, Melissa Benoist‘s Supergirl, and Daisy Johnson on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And that’s just naming a few.

So why on earth are there not more female action figures representing the trend? We remember playing with G.I. Joes and Transformers just as enthusiastically as Barbies, thank you very much. At least we have one dude in our corner, and that’s Agent Coulson.

“I have a daughter and it’s just not okay with me,” actor Clark Gregg tells us. “I know that these things are, to a certain extent, driven by demand… but probably also perceived demand.”

If the actor’s experience is any indication, there are plenty of female superheroes to celebrate. Heck, even the ladies of S.H.I.E.L.D. have become big fan favourites over the seasons, thanks to their meaty story-lines and cool abilities. And yeah, that includes the emergence of Daisy as Quake in the recent seasons.

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“One of the great things about our show is that some of the strongest characters, and certainly the first person from our core team to become something like a superhero, are female.” Gregg says. “I like that my daughter likes the show for that reason. I like that I go to Cons and see a lot of young girls dressed up as these characters. The merch has to reflect that. And so do the standalone movies. It’s time for a Black Widow movie. I hope there’s a Scarlet Witch movie.”

For now, Gregg says he’ll just have to continue watching the big screen releases as they come. He’s always been a huge fan of the franchises, since before he was cast to actually star in one. He’s become something of an even bigger fan now that his character has been downgraded from director and replaced in the form of actor Jason O’Mara, too.

Of course Gregg knows pretty much nothing about the upcoming fourth season since the storylines are so shrouded in secrecy, but his fandom comes into play in order to hypothesize potential S.H.I.E.L.D. storylines to look forward to when the show does return.

“I don’t know a damned thing other than what I read. So now I move from knowing anything to being just a fan,” he explains. “After Civil War the courts are in full effect so super heroes are being registered. That means they kind of need S.H.I.E.L.D. If I had to guess I would guess that the government would have more oversight of the organization than I would particularly imagine Coulon would put up with. And I have a feeling Coulson will be back in the field, but at the end of the day that’s where he’s most comfortable.”

Whether that means he’ll continue to sport those spiffy suits is anyone’s guess though.

“This is Coulson 2.0 literally in that he’s been killed and brought back to life,” he teases. “There’s something about the amazing new look that our costume designer Ann Foley has come up with that I think also works very well undercover. So I bet you’ll see a mix of both.”

Here’s hoping we’ll see that mix in action figure format too.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. on CTV.