May 02, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is nearing the conclusion of its first season — but before the May 13 finale comes Tuesday’s penultimate installment, “Ragtag,” which explores Grant Ward’s tumultuous personal history. Those who aren’t current with the series might want to stop reading now as spoilers are ahead. But curious Hero Complex readers can exclusively watch the opening of Tuesday’s episode in the video below, a flashback scene that traces a key meeting in young Grant’s life. Ward, played by actor Brett Dalton, was recently exposed as an agent of HYDRA, the evil organization that had infiltrated S.H.I.EL.D., the discovery of which prompted no less than Captain America (Chris Evans) to see to the the agency’s destruction in Marvel’s April blockbuster “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Those events bled over into the world of the series, radically altering the political […]
April 07, 2014 | 3:29 p.m.
Anyone who saw “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” this weekend — and judging from its record-breaking $96.2 million at the domestic box office, a lot of people did — couldn’t walk out of the film without wondering how the events in the blockbuster would likely affect the team over at ABC’s TV series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (The spoiler-averse who haven’t yet seen “Winter Soldier” might want to stop reading now.) The film adapts the famous 2005 “Winter Soldier” comic book story line by writer Ed Brubaker and illustrator Steve Epting and sees Chris Evans’ heroic Cap pursued by a lethal enemy from his past even as he begins to uncover a possible conspiracy at the headquarters of international espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. By the movie’s conclusion, Steve Rogers and his allies Natasha Romanoff, better known as Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), […]
March 28, 2014 | 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday’s episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” finds Agent Phil Coulson’s team on the hunt for the Clairvoyant, their nefarious enemy of several episodes now, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive sneak peek at the episode. Titled “End of the Beginning,” the episode reunites Clark Gregg’s Coulson and his team with Agents John Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Antoine Triplett (B.J. Britt) as they attempt to track down and discover the identity of the mysterious Clairvoyant. But Deathlok (J. August Richards) threatens to stand in their way. In the clip (watch it below), Garrett and Triplett are settling into what’s supposed to be a safe house when Deathlok bursts in. The episode, which airs Tuesday, was written by Paul Zbyszewski and directed by Bobby Roth. In addition to series regulars Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth […]
March 23, 2014 | 6:58 p.m.
The “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” characters and stars have Level 7 clearance. The PaleyFest audience was granted Level 7 clearance. But the show’s producers and writers are Level 8, and they’re protective of their secrets. But this much was declassified: Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opens April 4, and a new episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs April 8 — and, it was hinted repeatedly, the two may be related. (Hey, Cap does work with S.H.I.E.L.D. — and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Jaimie Alexander’s Asgardian Lady Sif, both Marvel movie presences, have appeared on the series.) That piece of intel was released during the ABC comic-book-inspired adventure show’s panel Sunday afternoon at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, where secrets were the order of the day. “This whole season has been one of jaw-dropping surprises” for the cast […]
Oct. 01, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Ming-Na Wen plays the resolute Melinda May on ABC’s hit new spy series, but the veteran actress said she was a jangle of raw nerves going in to audition for the role. “I got a phone call from my agent, and he said, ‘Hey, you have a meeting with Joss Whedon, want to go in?’” Wen recalled, sitting in her trailer preparing to head to set for a day of shooting on the new show. “I’ve been a huge fan of his work, and I was actually really nervous because I love this world, the Marvel world. I grew up as a geek girl. I remember not being able to memorize these lines to save my life. When I can’t memorize lines that means that my head wasn’t in the game. I was thinking about […]
Sept. 24, 2013 | 10:51 a.m.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Clark Gregg looked around the massive Helicarrier set on a Culver City sound stage and seemed thrilled to be alive — or, more accurately, thrilled — that the intrepid Phil Coulson, the character he first played in 2008′s “Iron Man,” had been reborn. In ABC’s new superhero-inspired series, which premieres Tuesday night, the resurrected Coulson returns after his rather tragic death at the hands of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in the 2012 blockbuster “The Avengers.” He now leads a team of special operatives that includes Ming-Na Wen’s pilot Melinda May, lone wolf Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) and ace hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet) through mysterious, dangerous missions. But it’s not all grit and peril for the group. The agents’ headquarters are rather posh: a richly appointed plane complete with sleeping accommodations and a high-tech lab where tech […]
Sept. 13, 2013 | 11:00 a.m.
The cloudless August morning was so warm and tranquil it could have been plucked from the mind of a dreaming pilot. It was a lucky turn for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division agent Phil Coulson and his team of operatives as they flew a massive Helicarrier to a remote corner of the globe to apprehend an elusive target who’d stolen contraband goods. Clad in his trademark tailored suit, Coulson warned his recruited S.H.I.E.L.D. agents that the mission wasn’t going to be easy, even under the best of circumstances. It was a sentiment he repeated more than a few times, as Clark Gregg replayed the scene for the cameras inside a Culver City soundstage, filming what will be the fourth episode of ABC’s anticipated new series, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which premieres Sept. 24. FULL COVERAGE: Fall TV Preview […]
July 19, 2013 | 7:04 p.m.
Joss Whedon screened his anticipated new Marvel Television/ABC pilot, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” at Comic-Con on Friday, revealing a superhero show firmly in the humorous Whedon mold, and one that feels as if it were written expressly for the crowds packing the San Diego Convention Center this weekend. The pilot, written by Maurissa Tancharoen and Whedon’s brother Jed (who happens to be married to Tancharoen), resurrects Clark Gregg’s well-liked Marvel movie character Agent Phil Coulson, who was dramatically killed off in “The Avengers.” “I didn’t like being dead,” said Gregg, after receiving a standing ovation from the audience. “But I really loved my death.” In the new show, Coulson assembles a team of espionage and law enforcement agents, including flying ace Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), surly black-ops specialist Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), brainy computer geek Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), science genius […]
June 05, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Joss Whedon has spent the last 15 years writing and directing tales of teen vampire-slayers, demon detectives, space cowboys and superheroes, but all the while, Whedon and his wife, producer Kai Cole, have nurtured a love for Shakespeare. The couple hosted Sunday gatherings for the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” cast and other friends to perform Shakespeare’s plays, and for years Whedon talked about maybe, someday, directing a Shakespeare film. The opportunity came after “The Avengers,” when the couple chose to forgo their vacation time and instead invited dozens of actors, many of whom had appeared in Whedon’s previous undertakings, to film a modern take on “Much Ado About Nothing” in their home. Among the recruits was Clark Gregg, fresh off his Agent Phil Coulson role in “The Avengers.” Gregg plays Leonato, father to Jillian Morgese’s lovestruck Hero. “Much Ado About Nothing” […]
May 15, 2013 | 4:43 p.m.
Coulson lives! After nearly a year of rumors and anticipation among Marvel fans, ABC officially ordered a first season of the new television series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” last week, sending Marvel fans all aflutter. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is set in the same world as last summer’s blockbuster smash “The Avengers,” which united Marvel’s muscled superheroes Iron Man, Captain American, Thor, the Hulk and others, and featured the international law enforcement and espionage organization. Clark Gregg, who played S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson in “The Avengers” and previous Marvel films, is reprising the role for the TV series, donning his suit and sunglasses once more to lead a team of crime-fighting agents: Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), […]