“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” wrapped up the mystery of Agent Coulson’s alien glyphs in its Season 2 winter finale, but also presented two huge new storylines: Skye has transformed into an Inhuman — a term the characters don’t know but audiences do — and Bobbi Morse is keeping some big secret from the rest of the team.
Little is known about where Season 2 is heading when it returns on March 3, but some big casting news has been released: Blair Underwood will play Melinda May’s ex-husband, Edward James Olmos will play a man who “when he smiles, the whole world smiles with him.” There’s also the death of BJ Britt’s Agent Triplett for the team to deal with — which they will, according to Nick Blood — and everyone has to discover what Skye’s become.
“We have someone who’s a little different. The Inhumans are a little different than the superhero origin story,” Clark Gregg tells Zap2it at the 2015 winter TV press tour. “They’re a kind of quasi-human race. It may be different in our world. Who knows.”
Executive producer Jeph Loeb says that the current Inhumans plotline has always been the plan for “Agents of SHIELD.” Like they always knew that Grant Ward was going to be HYDRA in Season 1, the seeds of Skye being something other were planned in the pilot.
“Once we started down that road hopefully you were coming along for the adventure, and now that you’ve come along for the adventure one of the things that’s so amazing about what’s happening on that show is so now we know she has gone through a transformation,” he says. “How is everyone going to react to that? And in the same kind of way you’re asking as an audience member, one of the things that I think is really valuable and one of the things that I think Jed [Whedon] and Maurissa [Tancharoen] and Jeff Bell and the writing staff really do have a great feeling for is they are audience members. The writers room sits around and tries to come up with, ‘What is it that you think we’re going to do and how can we then turn that on its ear in a way that makes it feel like it’s fun and valuable?'”
Blood says “SHIELD” has often gone in a different ways from what he expected. He says the latest script he read “just turned another corner,” and that audiences will “be surprised of a lot of stuff that’s coming up.” Because the SHIELD team doesn’t know about the term “Inhumans” like audiences do, Blood says “it’s going to be something that is unraveled.” He has yet to find out where the storyline is going.
The obvious turn would be that Coulson helps Skye — someone Gregg says is the “the person he cares about most” — through her transformation into an Inhuman. But what if he views her as a threat instead of an ally because of her new powers?
“His no. 1 job is to be responsible for SHIELD, which he views as being responsible for the safety of billions of people from things they don’t know about. That’s what SHIELD is. No matter how much he loves Skye — and it’s as much as you can love somebody — it’s the closest thing to a daughter he has. That’s a sacred trust,” Gregg says. “I hope he doesn’t get put in that situation [where she is a threat] because it would mess him up.”
He teases there will be trouble within SHIELD in the aftermath of Trip’s death and Skye’s transformation. “I don’t think the whole team is going to be unified behind what just went on, and it’s hard to blame them. He’s got a couple of people that he’s come to really trust,” Gregg says. “One of my favorite things about this season is that everybody comes up to me on the street really worried about Fitz and these new characters we introduced this year. Coulson also has these new people … he doesn’t have the same type of history with those people. It’s going to be hard to hold the baby brand new, on the run SHIELD together in the wake of what just happened.”
There’s also the question of Bobbi’s secret, which Blood says is as big a mystery in the second half of Season 2 as who the man with no eyes is. “I honestly think people are going to freak when they see some of the stuff we’ve been filming recently,” he says.
CBR News: Tell me about getting the call to join “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Did it come out of the blue? Had it been suggested to you at some point earlier that you would become a part of the show?
Edward James Olmos: No, no. It came out of the blue for me. I mean, I don’t know how long they were talking about it, and I usually don’t get involved with shows like that, or any shows, really. But I love the Marvel world. Big time. And so, I was very honored that they had asked me. They offered me a very great arc, in respect to what it does. It’s a short arc. It’s only about between three to five/six shows. I don’t know how long it’ll take them to do it. It’s really a lot of fun.
What can you say about him and what kind of hooked you about playing him?
Well, I’ll just put it to you this way: When he smiles, the whole world smiles with him.
Okay — that’s cryptic.
It says a lot, too. Especially for a guy that made his career out of not smiling! [Laughs]
What impressed you about the show — what you knew of the show and the way Marvel does things — that made this an easier “Yes?”
I saw all of the episodes that they had. I saw the first season and half of the second season. I’ve seen everything, except for the ones that they’re editing, and I really found it to be a very well-conceived world. I like it. Of course, I like the Marvel world. I enjoy “Captain America.” I enjoy “The Hulk.” I enjoy “Iron Man” — big time! “Thor.” Those films are really good, and very entertaining, wonderfully told stories. Now, they’re connecting the television world with the motion picture world, so some of the stories that’ll be nurtured through the television will come out in the major motion picture, and vice versa. It’s a good way of really coming and bringing together the universe of Marvel, through television and motion picture.
Is it harder to say yes to a TV role, having the high bar of “Battlestar Galactica” — to any TV series, but also something that’s a genre-type show? Because I can’t imagine an experience that’s going to get any better than “Galactica” for you, in many ways.
But that was all a one-shot deal. Everybody knew it. We hit a very strong human nerve that won’t be duplicated because the show lent itself to deal with that humanity in that way. Especially after 9/11 — we came out about 13 months after the situation happened. But basically what I really find to be extraordinary is that the world is very well-defined. I’ve done one other show, which was “Dexter” — I did a season of “Dexter,” and I’ve done this. And that’s it. I’ve been offered a lot of stuff, but I’m busy.
Can you say who you’ve gotten a lot of screen time with so far at the new gig? Have you worked with Clark Gregg a lot, for example?
I’m working with everyone. I can’t really say too much about him, because they already told me what not to do. [Laughs]
Basically though, us being there really pushes it up and over. The realities are very strong, and storylines are very dark. That’s what makes Marvel, I think, really quite interesting. The heroes all have a flaw, and they all end up pulling through. But you can never tell — they might flip at any moment and become something you weren’t expecting. And I like that. Iron Man is probably the best. And the Hulk. The Hulk became very interesting. Even to this day, we talk about him on the show. We talk about the different —
And they balance that human quality with humor. They can go to dark places, but they always know where the lightness is as well.
Yeah. A lot of it. They’re always throwing it in there, and I really appreciate that.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is scheduled to return in March.
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