Comic Con 2014: Spending time with the AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
Let me set the scene: San Diego Comic Con 2014. This room was PACKED with press. Tables were full to capacity and interviewers were shoulder-to-shoulder trying to get access to tables because it was apparent; not everyone was going to have time to talk to all the talent. Space was limited, time was more so; I consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to speak to Iain de Caestecker (‘Leo Fitz’), Elizabeth Henstridge (‘Jemma Simmons’),Jeffrey Bell (EP), and Jeph Loeb (EP and Head of Marvel TV Division) during the Press RoundTables for MARVEL Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for any amount of time. And the time they gave was lovely!
Two of my favorite characters on Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are the duo of Fitz-Simmons. Not solely because of their charming accents, but because they have this “everyman” quality about them that allow me to relate! (Especially Jemma.) They aren’t a crazy judo-chopping-cyber-busting-gun-shooting kind; they are the brilliant backups that solve the problem by using ingenuity. I like that!
Q: What are you excited about this season? You’ve had a “game changing” run of the first season (seriously, that was a BOOM of a first season, SO MUCH packed into it! PLUS movie tie-ins??) What can you tell us, without divulging too much?
Iain de Caestecker (‘Leo Fitz’) – There’s going to be a lot of new characters, new developments. The first season there were a lot of Marvel characters, so obviously the idea of more of them is really exciting.
Elizabeth Henstridge (‘Jemma Simmons’) – It’s a bit mixed up! Because of the whole takeover, S.H.I.E.L.D. is having to start again and there’s going to be a lot more people moving in an out, it’s not going to be those 6 solid characters. Like “nothing’s going to happen to them, they’ll be safe at the end” Everyone’s expendable!
Q: At the season’s end, Fitz-Simmons was trapped on the bottom of the ocean and had to use their wits and whatever was readily available to them to free themselves (MacGyver style!), are we going to see any sort of repercussion from the escape and the conversation that preceded it?
Iain de Caestecker – We don’t actually find out too far ahead what’s going to happen (in the scripts, **SEEEEECRETS! SUUUBTEXT!!**), but the thing is there so many twists and turns you never know what to expect!
Elizabeth Henstridge – I do think that now that they’ve been through so much together, we may see how they develop separately. Sometimes when something that huge happens, there’s no way to go back to the way things were before. Going through trauma, it’s difficult to mend relationships.
Lucy Lawless is coming in to do a ‘little thing for us’, which is cool! We’ve got a British character that’s going to be more of a mercenary. The biggest challenge we’re gong to see this season is, is now that S.H.I.E.D. has bee found to be teeming with H.Y.D.R.A. on every level; where do you recruit?? Where is Coulson going to go to find more Agents?
So yeah, they weren’t giving us much. But they almost don’t have to! It’s MARVEL! We already know it’s going to be AWESOME!
And check out our picture (in the gallery) of Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson) because he’s SO COOL but I didn’t get to talk to him due to time constraints (HI CLARK!! **waves**)
MARVEL Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC, and I already know for sure I’ll be watching!!