When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for its fourth season next month, it’ll do so with plenty of changes. Not only will the series see a six-month time jump from the season three finale, but it’ll also see most of our characters changing rank or position among the team. The biggest reveal was that Clark Gregg‘s Phil Coulson would be stepping down as director, with Jason O’Mara‘s still unnamed character set to fill his place. However, the season four synopsis also revealed a few more interesting bits regarding the rest of the team. Following the events of season three, including the fact that fan-favorite Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) is now in charge of ‘training specialist strike teams.’
While taking some time to promote the Cavalry Challenge as part of Marvel’s Contest of Champions, Wen sat down with the folks at Comicbook.com to briefly discuss the upcoming fourth season, as well as what it’s like to play a character that has grown such a fan-following.
Regarding the upcoming season, there’s (naturally) not too much Wen can reveal at the moment, however, the actress was able to reveal that May will continue to work in the field when needed while keeping her focus on training the new task force. She also went on to explain that, given her loyalty to Coulson, she’s hesitant to trust O’Mara’s character. Of course, as this was touched on in the season four synopsis, it isn’t entirely surprising. But with Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) working with the new Director, it’s bound to create an intense dynamic between the two characters.
Looking ahead to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4, a lot has changed for S.H.I.E.L.D. since the final showdown with Hive. What can you tell us about May’s role in the new S.H.I.E.L.D., and how it has changed her relationship with the rest of the team? What’s her relationship like with the new Director (Jason O’Mara)?
Ming-Na: In Season 4, Agent May continues to support S.H.I.E.L.D. and is focused on training the new task force. She will continue to work in the field when needed and take on the leadership role with her tac team. Her loyalty to Coulson makes her wary of the new Director and what his goals and intentions are for S.H.I.E.L.D. What her true feelings are…well, you know May. She will never fully reveal what she’s thinking or feeling. Fans will need to watch to see how things unfold this season!
As the show moves into its fourth season, we’ve seen Agent May’s popularity continue to bloom. With her character officially be a part of the comics now, and having not only received her own Funko (finally) but also having made an appearance in multiple video games, it’s safe to say May is here to stay. For Wen, seeing how popular her character has become has been a thrill. It’s something she clearly treasures and doesn’t take for granted.
May’s popularity and profile have been on the rise. In addition to your portrayal of her in the Marvel cinematic universe, she’s also become a fixture in the Marvel comics universe and has appeared in some Marvel games. How has it felt bringing life to this multimedia character? Has her rising popularity added any pressure to your job in playing her?
Ming-Na: Bringing to life this multimedia character is definitely a big job to fulfill, and I’m so thankful to all the fans that constantly support me and congratulate me for doing the best job I can at the job I love the most. I wouldn’t say that the rise in May’s character popularity has added any additional pressure, but I do see a massive opportunity to continue giving fans performances they love and can relate to. I’m so happy that May is a character that more and more fans are starting to understand and watch more closely.
The fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will premiere on ABC on September 20th in its new 10 PM timeslot. Need to catch-up before then? The first three season are now available to stream on Netflix!