Marvel: Agents of Primetime

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By Amanda Aponte-Moses

Every year Marvel has been a force to be reckoned with at New York Comic Con (NYCC), providing fans with exclusive sneak peeks, stellar panels and updates on upcoming projects. On Friday, October 9th, Marvel lovers were able to see a sneak preview of Agent Carter’s second season and the premiere of an all-new episode from the third season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., before its debut on the television network, ABC.

Agent Carter: The Woman Behind the Shield

Agent-Carter-Season-2-los-AngelesMarvel Studio’s film Captain America: The First Avenger followed the origin of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), the pure hearted savior who was given a super serum that helped him transform into Captain America during the throes of World War II. The film had such a wonderful reception to both the 1940s cinematic noir and Captain America’s flame, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) that a spinoff television series was created last year.

Carter is an unstoppable secret agent, who is still getting over the heart break of the disappearance of Captain America after a grueling battle against a world domineering cult, Hydra. She is fighting two battles in the first season: trying to prove her worth amongst the ranks of a patriarchal society where men treat her as an assistant, and trying to stop Hydra’s evil plans as they frame genius inventor and friend, Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). Helping her with the dangerous investigations is Stark’s wellmannered butler, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy).

Executive Producer, Jeph Loeb sadly announced at the panel that the cast were still in Los Angeles filming; however they did have a message from the cast and a clip of the second season. In the video message, Atwell and D’Arcy, dressed head-to-toe in 1940s garb, apologized to fans about their absence, but promised that the new season will be filled with lots of action packed fun and amazing characters. Following the message, Loeb announced the actors that are being added to Agent Carter’s roster: Wynn Everett (Whitney Frost, also known as the villainess Madame Mask), Reggie Austin (Dr. Reggie Wilkes), Currie Graham (Calvin Chadwick) and Lotte Verbeek (Jarvis’ wife, Ana.)

agent-carter-season-2-comic-con-poster Loeb also excited fans with a clip of Jarvis showing Carter the many gadgets and devices that genius, playboy, and philanthropist Stark de-vised for his car. Carter was looking to use a car that had devices useful for their continuous investigations; however, Stark’s car was filled with creative advancements meant to seduce female suitors. Jarvis embarrassingly explained to Carter what each lever does, and pulled one that made Carter fly backwards in her seat as if she was on a bed. Fans hysterically laughed at the awkward scene between the two sleuths.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 3

Agents-of-SHIELD1Reprising his role as Phil Coulson, Clark Gregg, who has made appearances in Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Thor and the Avengers, stars in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The series follows Coulson as he puts together an elite team of agents for the secret agency, S.H.I.E.L.D (Stra-tegic Homeland Intervention En-forcement and Logistics Division) as they investigate strange occur-rences around the world.

This unique series is the epitome of how vast the Marvel Universe is, and how each superhero’s storylines crosses over and into the lives of people around the world. For example, the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showcased the aftereffects of a dangerous chemical compound that gives people explosive powers, which was introduced in Iron Man 3. Coulson’s team was created to find such abnormalities and stop any threats. Each season has carefully been crafted to follow major story arcs of the Marvel Studio’s films, such as the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D in Captain America: Winter Soldier, the alien destruction in London in Thor the Dark World, the terror Ultron’s robots inflicted on Europe in Avengers: Age of Ultron and even the evolution of Hydra in the television series Agent Carter.

AGENTS Q&AAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s third season introduces individuals known as Inhumans. These people have alien bloodlines. After a chemical substance is introduced in the environment, these Inhumans go through a transformation bestowing upon them superpowers. Coulson’s team is on a mission to help these Inhumans control their powers and tries to recruit them, but something is trying to eradicate their species. After regaling fans with the eccentrics of Agent Carter, Loeb called actor Clark Gregg (Coulson) to the stage for a Q&A Session with fans:

How did you feel when you found out that Inhumans will be introduced into the show?

Clark Gregg: My reaction was, “Am I going to be Black Bolt?!” See that’s the only joke I can tell at Comic Con! I guess the short way to say it is, as I have learned in my time in California, is that I was stoked because the Inhumans represent humans, who contain within them, without their knowledge, the ability to evolve quite suddenly into something very different. Suddenly these people, through no choice of their own, are very different than many of us. And they are considered weird or wrong in some way, and some people want to legislate or militarily eradicate those people. Other people think, well this is exciting, some of us are different. Maybe that is an exciting development: who we are meant to be as a species. And that seems topical to me. Anyone who has ever felt like a nerd or an outsider, Inhumans feels very topical, so I love it when the comics get very topical like that. I also thought there is probably going to be some very cool enhanced individuals in our show. So I was geeking out on a deeper level, and so far already in the first couple of episodes you see stuff that is kind of mind-blowing.

Which character would be the most interesting to be revealed to be an Inhuman?

Loeb: I think you have to stay tuned. Here’s a better way to answer that question: Whether or not their Inhuman, I do want to say that if there is anybody in this audience who watched the opening episode man, woman, child or alien, when they saw Fitz banging on the Monolith and screaming, if that didn’t bring a tear to your eye, you got to have yourself checked. I think what’s important about this season is that we are going to be exploring humanity in a way that we look at Inhumans and man’s way of dealing with people that are different. So the nice part about it is we don’t know yet who or what anyone of our team is, and that is an exciting thing for you guys to be able to catch as we go through the entire season.

Will the Agents of Shield ever run into mutants?

Loeb: I think we have our hands full with Inhumans.

Gregg: I can answer the mutant part; we’d like to talk to some mutants but they are in a terrifying realm. I grew up in New York City reading comics that involved mutants, but they are in this terrifying zone called the “Copyright Zone,” and someday we will live in a peaceful world where all the fandoms can interact.

Loeb: Yea, those would be the views solely on behalf of our dear friend Clark Gregg.

Gregg: So the Deadpool crossover is not going to happen this season?

Loeb: Um, only here at Comic Con where they are running around in costumes.

agents_of_shieldAfter the Q&A session, audience members were able to watch the entire third episode, “A Wanted (Inhu)Man,” of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which was aired on ABC a week after the panel event. According to ABC’s recap, “In this episode, Daisy, Mack and Coulson race to protect Lincoln as Rosalind’s team hunts down the Inhuman in their quest for powered people. Meanwhile, Hunter proves that there is no line that he will not cross to exact his revenge against Ward and Hydra.” The next episode will air on Tuesday, October 27 at 9 pm on ABC.

 

Photos courtesy of Dean Moses