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March 11, 2016

March 10, 2016
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A civil war is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but not all the key players are Avengers. While Captain America, Iron Man, and the rest of earth’s mightiest heroes, fight over a super hero registration act The Sokovia Accords on the big screen, Agent Phil Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. team are getting pulled into a similar conflict on TV.

When it returned from winter hiatus last Tuesday, the third season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC continued exploring the intricacies of a world populated by super-powered Inhumans – some good, some bad – and how they can (or should) coexist alongside humans. What’s more, the back half of the season appears poised to delve into the disagreements and potential fractures within Coulson’s army over the issue.

With Captain America: Civil War premiering May 6, 2016, I wanted to know where the cast thinks their characters would stand. On a recent set visit with a small group of journalists, I posed the question: Team Cap or Team Iron Man?

The answers range from humorous to thoughtful, with Coulson, himself, actor Clark Gregg, having the final, nuanced word on the conflict, and how Civil War might impact the series storyline.

Team Cap or Team Iron Man?

Ming-Na Wen (“Melinda May”): Who is closer to Thor? [laughs] That’s my go-to.

Nick Blood (“Lance Hunter”): Team Hunter. I don’t know that Hunter would involve himself with that sort of politics.

Would he be on the side placing bets?

Blood: Yeah, yeah.

Luke Mitchell (“Lincoln Campbell”): Or, he’d be a bookie.

Henry Simmons (“Mack”): I think my guy would be against…I don’t know. [to Hunter} You answered the question better. I want to think about it more.

Mitchell: The easy answer is Lincoln wants to be a part of S.H.I.E.L.D., so, as long as Coulson is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I’m sure he’s on Team Cap…therefore, Lincoln would be on Team Cap.

Henry Simmons: Hmmm…I’m trying to think. Yeah, I’ll roll with that. Yeah.

Iain De Caestecker (“Leo Fitz”): You would expect Fitz, I think, to be on the side of technology and stuff. But….I feel like…[To Simmons] what do you think?

Elizabeth Henstridge (“Jemma Simmons”): I think Simmons would be Iron Man, right? I think you would be Cap. Right?

To be fair, there is a third option since Nick said he’s Team Hunter.

Henstridge: Oh no, it wouldn’t be that!

So that was Cap…

De Caestecker: No, you said Iron Man…

Henstridge: I think Simmons is Iron Man. Iron Man is the one…

De Caestecker: I think we’re both Iron Man…

You definitely put him on the side of Cap, and he didn’t stop you…

Henstridge: I changed my mind…

De Caestecker: Wait, I was Cap, or what?

You said the side of tech, leaning towards Iron Man…

De Caestecker: Yeah.

Henstridge: Maybe she’d be Cap, then.

De Caestecker: Why would you be for…

Iron Man is for the registration of super heroes…

Henstridge: Oh, right. Iron Man, then. I always get confused. But would you be Iron Man? I don’t know if you’d be Iron Man. You’re nicer than that.

De Caestecker: Yeah, I’m probably jealous of him. I’d probably be Cap.

Where would Ward/Hive stand in Civil War?

Brett Dalton (“Grant Ward”/”Hive”): I think he’d stand up over the titles in Civil War, and it’d just be him! That’s personally where I think he’d stand. No, that’s a good question. I actually am not as familiar with the Civil War movie until I see it. I know there are teams, obviously. So, there’s super heroes fighting each other. But I’m not sure exactly who is on the Iron Man team, or the Captain America and Bucky team. And I think there is more that we don’t maybe see in the trailer.

Iron Man is for the Super Hero Registration Act, and Cap is against…

Dalton: OK, thank you for explaining this! Well then, registration act…I’d have to side with Cap. Brett would side for that. Hive, on the other hand, I don’t know where he would stand. In some ways, you’re having humans…I don’t know, it could just be something like, “Oh, the humans are fighting again.” Maybe he’s even above that. The guy has been around for centuries, so I think he has a scope, a perspective that is well beyond what a normal person would have. Even a century to him is nothing.

Chloe Bennet (“Daisy ‘Skye’ Johnson”): I’d be with Team Cap. Because she’s Inhuman. Again, it’s one of those things where it’s a tricky…it’s kind of a hard conversation. We have had discussions. We have had some tough, hard-hitting scenes on what does accepting people with powers, or mutants, or Inhumans – what does that mean? We have kind of equated it to something of the LGBT community. They are a group of people that lots of people may not understand, and some people don’t agree with it. But it is who they are. It is the way they’re born. It is their blood. But, at the same time, it brings in the debate over guns. These are also people who have very dangerous powers. They can be dangerous, so it is a really tricky situation. And both sides have the right to their opinion. But one side doesn’t necessarily mean it is right. It is not black and white. It is hard to play sometimes, and hard to kind of figure out where we stand. But I think we have accepted there is no black and white, and picking a side isn’t as easy as it may seem.

A couple years ago, Coulson was Team Cap, but is he still? Would Coulson now have evolved into something else?

Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson): It’s a good question. I don’t know, yet. I haven’t seen the film. I think you’re right. The Coulson from some of the earlier films, especially, would have just been, “Wherever Steve Rogers goes, I’m going to be there with my cards, and at some point, I’m going to get them signed.”

But I think what’s amazing about doing this character for 70 episodes of television, and putting him at the lead of a no-longer-existing S.H.I.E.L.D. that’s hunted around the world, is you get a very different perspective. What I love about what the writers have done is that, rather than wait for something to cross over from one of the movies, they just exploded terragenesis around the world, and set up Secret Warriors and an Inhuman outbreak that’s different, frankly, from what’s in the comics I ever read. So, now, he’s having to deal with something that feels very topical. There are suddenly people evolving very differently than the rest of us, and there are forces in the world who want to exploit those people. There are forces in the world who want to exterminate those people. And here’s Coulson with a person who may be the closest thing he has to family, and she’s one of them. And he’s getting closer to more people like that. At the same time, some of the most terrifying threats to the person he cares most about are other Inhumans. I don’t know, that feels topical at the moment.

I guess this goes back to try and answer your question. There are a lot of people saying very simple solutions to problems right now that seem to get people very fired up. It is usually about identifying one group, and then making everyone else “the other.” The other is a threat. Everyone I know, and am fortunate enough to meet, who has worked in the military or in police work, don’t see it that way. The people you admire who do those jobs. Because when you get into the actual, practical logistics of that stuff, you see yourself in everyone. And there are no easy answers like that. I think it is going to depend — at such time as ever that Coulson has to actually deal with what’s going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – what has happened here between now and then. “Here” is really where his focus is on now…

The days are coming where we’ll need to know exactly where everyone who is Inhuman, who has crossed our path, where they are as we try to sort out if they are going to be friend or foe. That is our version of Civil War, I think. I am just guessing as someone who is watching what’s going on here…

Sometimes I think, I’m glad I’m not writing on this show. I would not know how to get out of this. It feels to me, there won’t just be some easy answer. I think, very soon, we get a script that will be the episode that airs pretty close to when the film is coming out. I’ll probably get some hints when I see that about what’s going on. But I suspect this world where there are Inhumans is here to stay. That’s a development that’s happening in our part of this world, and it seems like there’s a lot to play with. I suspect that will be the world we live in now, and I am afraid of the way that’s going to tear us apart, and has probably only begun to be seen.


March 10, 2016

Join executive producer and Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb, as well as the cast and creators of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for their first WonderCon panel as a cast! Get a sneak peek at a new episode from season 3 and find out what’s ahead for the team this season from the cast and producers!

Saturday March 26, 2016 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Room 408AB


March 10, 2016

FitzSimmons fans have a new place to catch their favorite science duo — they’ll be in this Sunday’s episode of Ultimate Spider-Man vs. the Sinister 6 helping Spidey deal with Curt Connor’s formula gone awry in “Lizards.” Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker voice their characters from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz.

Director Coulson has already appeared in animated form — most notably as Peter Parker’s principal in Ultimate Spider-Man — but since he existed prior to Agents, we’re going to say that this marks the first appearance of the ABC show’s characters in cartoon form.

The video gives us a look at the two actors in the voice booth — Henstridge is much freer with her hand gesticulations than De Caestecker is — and we also learn tidbits like the fact that De Caestecker dressed up as Spider-Man as a child. And if that isn’t enough to greenlight a Li’l Fitz and Simmons Show, with the scientists as adorable kids, then what is?

Ultimate Spider-Man airs Sundays at 9 a.m. on Disney XD.


March 9, 2016

Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain de Caestecker, stars of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” lend their voices to an all-new “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6”! Read more about their experiences in the interview below and tune in to the episode this Sunday at 9:00 AM ET on Disney XD.

So what brings Fitz and Simmons to “Ultimate Spider-Man”? Why’d you guys swing by?

Elizabeth Henstridge: Well, we’re all in the Marvel family. Fitz-Simmons are part of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and Spider-Man is in the Marvel Universe. [Marvel] approached us asking if we’d like to be a part of [“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6] and we both jumped on board — the thought of having Fitz-Simmons as cute cartoon characters is just too much to resist. So we came down and we just had a great time playing around with the dialogue.

Being in the Marvel family means you get to see different versions of your character in the animated series, as well as in the comic book.

Iain De Caestecker: That’s my favorite one.

Your favorite version of yourself is the comic book version?

Iain De Caestecker: Yeah, because they gave me a monkey. And in the comic version they made me really muscley, which is nice.

Are you saying you’re not as buff as your comic book counterpart?

Iain De Caestecker: No, I’m buffer. It’s just nice seeing skinnier versions.

Yeah, like if you took a break.

Iain De Caestecker: Yeah, exactly. I just think I went a bit [over-the-top] with it.

People can’t see Iain right now, but he can’t put his arms down because his muscles are so big. But back to Spider-Man, do you think he’d make a good recruit for S.H.I.E.L.D.?

Elizabeth Henstridge: He’d make a great Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.! He’s loyal, he’s intelligent, compassionate and works well in a team. I feel like he is a good leader, so he might butt heads with Coulson at times because right now Coulson is our leader. I’d take Spider-Man through some initiation training.

Iain De Caestecker: No. He’d be so much better than all of us.

So you’re intimidated, sounds like.

Iain De Caestecker: Yeah, I can’t compete with him. But what if Fitz was Spider-Man? Or I could be, and this is what it’s all been geared up to: Monkey-Man. I could do all the things. Think about the song — “Monkey-Man, Monkey-Man, can’t do all the things Spider-Man can, but I’m a Monkey.” I can just swing.

Drop lots of banana peels to make the bad guys slip and fall.

Iain De Caestecker: Exactly.

Elizabeth, would you ever replace Fitz with Spider-Man?

Elizabeth Henstridge: [gasps]

Iain’s not listening right now, so you can speak freely.

Elizabeth Henstridge: I think the answer has to be no. I think Simmons would toy with the idea and perhaps threaten the idea, but she is not herself without Fitz.

What was your reaction when you first saw what your animated version would look like?

Elizabeth Henstridge: It was so cool to first see Simmons as an animated little thing! It’s just crazy because you don’t — it’s not something you ever think about. As Simmons, I like her outfits to be cute and make sense. I love working with Ann Foley, our costume designer, and I think she’s so talented. I approach [the character] from the inside out, so to see other people’s perception of her and see what outfit personifies her, that whole process is just so cool. And just to see a character that you play come to life as a cartoon character — it’s just so cool. It’s a very out of body, literally, experience.

Iain De Caestecker: It was cool. It was weird, nobody should ever have to see that, should they? Really. It’s not a normal thing.

Your version personally or no one should ever have to see what they look like animated?

Iain De Caestecker:
Both. Mine especially. It’s not like a normal thing. It’s not like, “Oh, you’re an adult now. Here’s your animated version of yourself!” It’s not normal, but that’s why it’s so cool.

And lastly, Spidey is involved in S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, so what subject do you think your character would excel in at the Academy? What do you think you would get straight-A’s in?

Elizabeth Henstridge: I think she would get straight-A’s in everything. She would make it so. I think she’d do the best in Chemistry, in making up potions and mixing different things, because she likes to be a bit messy and to just experiment — dump a whole load into a jar and shake it up and see what she gets. She’s quite fun in that way. I don’t know how well she would do in any class that’s sort of like silent learning, because she does like to talk. So maybe she’d get an A-minus in that one.

Iain De Caestecker: Chemical engineering and computers.

You would probably fail Psychology?

Iain De Caestecker: Oh yeah. One hundred percent, I would fail Psychology. I’d just get angry and throw books or something.


March 9, 2016

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally returned from its winter hiatus last night with the fantastic new episode ‘Bouncing Back’ which saw Fitz and Simmons finally clear the air about their relationship. 124 HD screen captures of the episode have been added to the image archive. Click the thumbnails below to view the images.

March 8, 2016

Fans of “FitzSimmons” will be able to see a lighter side of their favorite duo thanks to an upcoming cameo on Disney XD animated series “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6.”

Henstridge and De Caestecker will lend their voices to the March 13 episode of “USM,” which will see the pair doing what they do best in the lab, but this time, helping Spider-Man. In Variety‘s exclusive clip above, the two lovebird lab rats help investigate the sources of malfunctioning tech for Spider-Man and Iron Spider.

While Marvel mainstay Clark Gregg has made numerous appearances on “USM” since the animated series debuted, this is the first time any of his fellow “Agents of SHIELD” cast members have made a cameo.

In the episode, titled “Lizards,” due to Vulture’s revelation that Doc Ock has a spy inside the SHIELD Academy, the Web Warriors decide to search for the mole. When they confront Dr. Curt Connors, he seemingly turns himself into The Lizard and attacks SHIELD with a venomous bite that spreads like a virus, also turning its victims into lizards.

“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man Vs. The Sinister 6” airs Sundays at 9 a.m. on Disney XD.


March 7, 2016
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In case you missed it; today (7th March) the Agents of SHIELD gang have taken over the official IGN snapchat. This picture is so cool it deserves its own post.

February 25, 2016
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February 25, 2016
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HD screen captures of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D season two episodes 13-22 have been added to the image archive. Special thanks go to Abby, the webmistress from chloe-bennet.us for generously sharing her caps of the season two Gag Reel and the Deleted Scenes. Click on the thumbnails below to visit the episodes’ gallery.

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