Last week, Marvel and ABC held a special red-carpet premiere for the third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where fans and bloggers were able to catch a sneak-peek of the premiere episode, as well as talk to some of the cast members about the upcoming season. Comic Book Resources was able to speak with both Clark Gregg (Director Phil Coulson) and Chloe Bennet (Daisy Johnson) while at the premiere, and while there wasn’t much information they could share, both cast members talked a bit about the upcoming season as well as the changes their characters have undergone.
As fans know, Gregg has been involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for some time now, having made his debut as Phil Coulson in 2008’s Iron Man. He went on to appear in Iron Man 2, a tag on Thor, the one-shot The Consultant, and The Avengers where it was believed that his character had been killed at the hands of Loki (Tom Hiddleston). And he had, only to be brought back using the T.A.H.I.T.I. program. Last season, we saw Coulson come to terms with what happened to him and how he was brought back all while continuing to do his best to re-build S.H.I.E.L.D. from the ground up.
While speaking with Gregg at the season three premiere, CBR asked him if we’d see Coulson “settle more” into his role as the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., to which Gregg replied that he wasn’t entirely sure.
I don’t know. It’s a really good question. But one thing I know after doing two full seasons of this, I really thought the main thing I was going to be dealing with last year was Hydra, and the fact that Coulson was carving stuff late at night because of his alien blood — I didn’t see a shadow S.H.I.E.L.D. trying to take him out coming. So far he’s dealing with Inhumans; on his team, and out in the world. And the fact that he’s got one less hand than he started last season with. I have no idea what else is coming his way.
I hope that for the moment, S.H.I.E.L.D. itself is a fairly cohesive unit — although one of the things you discover right away is that there’s another super-secret organization out there hunting down Inhumans, led by the amazing Constance Zimmer, and it’s hard to tell if they’re good or bad, right out of the gate. It’s a complicated job.
They also asked him how he felt about seeing the show grow so much from the first season. If you’ll recall, back during season one, there were plenty of fans upset that the show didn’t focus more on super-powered individuals – even though it’d been stressed time-and-time again that the show was meant to focus on S.H.I.E.L.D. itself. Gregg briefly touches on that by commenting that more fans are beginning to wonder about the show’s characters rather than questioning if a certain Avenger would show up.
Everything has stepped up. I like the way [Coulson has] built a team. I like the way they reinvent the show every year. At the end of season 1, there was no S.H.I.E.L.D. At the end of last season, Inhumans were very much what was going on; we were moving into Secret Warriors. I love the way the tone of the show, visually, and every other way, has gotten a little bit darker and more noir, and more like the comic books — or the graphic novels, really. I like the bigger cast. We have an incredible ensemble. I love the way the writers are writing. It’s really a hard job, they’re writing for a lot of people at once, and making all these characters grow.
When we came back last season, everyone was so worried about Fitz. That meant a lot to me; the new characters that are being introduced. People aren’t like, “When’s Tony Stark going to show up?” They’re more concerned about where Simmons is, now.
As Gregg noted, the writers have done a great job of developing these characters over the seasons and growing them into characters that the fans have come to care about. And while Gregg’s Coulson has certainly undergone plenty of changes, there’s one character from S.H.I.E.L.D. in particular that has truly grown with the show – Chloe Bennet‘s ~~Skye~~ Daisy Johnson. We’ve seen her go from hacktivist, to S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, to a team leader over the seasons, and it’s clear that her role in the show will only to continue to grow going into this season.
Speaking to Bennet, CBR asked her about her character’s new role and what we can expect to see. Of course, Bennet couldn’t reveal too much, but she did touch on her relationship with Coulson, indicating that she’s his “right hand lady.”
I think it’s a little bit different. Coulson’s obviously still the director, but Daisy’s definitely his right-hand lady. She’s been put in charge of finding new Inhumans. She’s definitely taking that task very seriously. I don’t know what else I can tell you. [Laughs]
Bennet also talked about how exciting it’s been seeing her character transform into a superhero, especially considering she’s one of the first women in the MCU to have powers. She also talks about how it’s exciting to represent a culture that’s usually not visible in superhero movies and hasn’t really been showcased in the MCU.
I don’t know why that’s not talked about more. Not because it’s me, but in general. I am the first woman in the [Marvel Cinematic Universe] to have powers, besides Scarlet Witch — but I had powers before the movie came out. And I’m Asian-American. That’s progress. And I’m really proud to be representing the Asian-American culture in America, as a superhero. It’s kind of awesome.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season three premieres this Tuesday, September 29th at 9 PM EST. Be sure to tune in!
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