So what can you tell us about this season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
I think the thing that is most exciting about this next season is this word Inhumans, because for us it means so many different things. When you are dealing with somebody like agent Coulson, you’ve got a character who has lost his hand, who has alien DNA inside of him, who’s come back from the dead and so in this particular case his question of whether or not he’s human is something that is very basic and personal to himself.
And then to somebody like Ward, who as we saw in the end of last season was doing things that were really pretty harsh particularly to Mockingbird and in that particular case you would sort of qualify that as Inhuman.
And then there is the Marvel version of what Inhuman is, as we saw in the end of last season that the Terragen is now out there. So, what that means is that at any given point anywhere in the world there may be people who suddenly are triggered and they become enhanced and that kind of frightening experience is something that we will see how different individuals deal with it. S.H.I.E.L.D. will be on the scene and they are going to get to do that thing that people know that S.H.I.E.L.D. does so well, which is either to recruit, contain or in some cases have to take that person down.
And I think something that we have learned in the past is that when S.H.I.E.L.D. gets involved sometimes it doesn’t go the best way. The show goes back to the basics and it’s perfect for somebody who is a new viewer, somebody who used to watch the show and wants to come back or a regular fan of the show. It’s a great entry way, something that makes it really easy for you to understand and get to see something that we do very well.
Lash will be coming on the show, that’s a very popular Inhuman character. You know, what he’s doing and how he goes about it is something that we will learn along the way. But he’s obviously a very powerful Inhuman.
We also talked to the rest of the cast that gave a few details about their roles and their future on the show.
Tell us about taking on one of the few comic based characters on the show?
Well I knew a bit about her already, and everything with Hawkeye is what I knew about her character. I kind of let it be because the Marvel world is ever-changing and my character isn’t necessarily following the same path as in the comics. But the one thing that I will take from the character is that she is so strong and so amazing and so smart and just badass. So it’s been very fun, a lot of pressure, but still very fun.
How do you get in shape for the role?
I love the physical training, I really do. I do a lot of the physical films and TV shows. I love doing the fight sequences. The new thing I had to learn was the eskrima sticks, but I’ve had hand to hand combat, navy seal training and all that stuff. So this was like a new thing that I got to learn that was really cool. I train seven days a week, boxing and using the sticks at home walking around trying to get used to them.
Iain De Caestecker & Elizabeth Henstridge:
“The savior for me was that she wasn’t very good at doing any of that stuff, so you don’t actually have to be very good at it yourself, but it’s always fun to try new things as actors. And it’s good to see the characters out of their comfort zone.” -Henstridge
“Yeah it’s cool, we did spend a lot of time in the lab earlier in the show and it has been a natural progression of getting more hands on. And it has been real nice.” –De Caestecker
Henry Simmons & Luke Mitchell
“Everyone keeps asking about the tension between Mack and Coulson. Is that going to dissipate now that I’m fully part of the team? No, I don’t think that it is going to dissipate, I think it is going to continue. I hope actually that it elevates because Coulson seems to be hell-bent on people with powers and finding out more about them, where Mack is very skeptical about them, so I hope it comes to an end.” –Simmons
“As for my character, it’s going to be fleshing out, finding out who he is exactly because he’s only been very peripherally been introduced in season two in a very supporting role so I think season three is going to be about where he stands, who he is and who he belongs to.” –Mitchell
Did you know how your character was going to change or did they just spring it on you?
“I had no idea. I mean I went on and I was a nice guy, helping out Fitz with everything. Next thing you know I’m working for another agency. I had no idea. I had no idea…” –Simmons
How was changing how you interact with everybody?
“I love it. I love it. I mean as an actor, this is the best experience I’ve had because you don’t know what is going to happen next, they won’t tell you what is going to happen next. They keep it interesting all the time.” –Simmons
Ming-Na Wen and Brett Dalton
Where would you like to see Ward go?
“I personally think that he has gained a lot of self-confidence. Now he has nothing to lose. Right? He’s pretty much lost the love of his life, his team, his family, his leader in Bill Paxton’s character. He really has nothing to lose. I think that when a character is at that bottom he’s quite dangerous.”-Wen
“Well said” –Dalton
“And that’s why I’m here to, you know, kick his ass!” –Wen
“Yeah, haha. And I still maintain his innocence as well. I know that he’s done a lot of horrible things but it is all coming from a place of goodness. I know it seems kind of weird, but he’s trying for closure and he’s trying.” -Dalton
Well Hydra infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. so I think it’s still about hydra being the bad guys, but unfortunately S.H.I.E.L.D. had vulnerabilities, which is something that adds a great deal of reality to any institution, any group that is in a position of power. That there could be corruption, there could be infiltration of any kind. And that’s what I love about our show. It’s that there is so much gray to play in and rather than everything being black and white. It is not very cartoonish that way. It’s not as simple as that there are the good guys and bad guys, but rather figuring out which side you really want to end up on, and I think that for May’s character that’s the struggle with her, whether it is worth sacrificing her entire life and everything she wants for S.H.I.E.L.D. or maybe take a step back and realize that her personal life may be just as valuable or just as important. Maybe trying to find love again or just trying to find herself. And those are all great humane issues that Marvel deals with.”-Wen
And of course Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennett stole the show with their interview.
A few details here and there, revealing a little about the actors taking on the characters, but with filming just starting details were hard to come by. The show has a slow burn but as Marvel marches through Phase 3 hopefully the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be front and center.