Highly-anticipated and impossibly secretive, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has our interest, but looking for hard clues about both the show and Joss Whedon’s latest batch of quick-witted asskickers feels like an exercise in futility. Thankfully, though, that search in the darkness is occasionally interrupted by a few flashes of light, whenever someone associated with the show speaks out.
Thanks to two new interviews with series’ stars Clark Gregg and Ming Na Wen, one such moment of light and revelation is upon us, as the stars opened up (on separate occasions about the series.
“I’m surrounded by a particular ensemble of young S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents, [as well as] the magnificent Ming-Na Wen who plays Agent Melinda May, who’s a very notorious badass within S.H.I.E.L.D… I’m excited to shoot the show, we’ve only shot one. I’m excited to see where it goes. [...] We shot the pilot, [ABC] picked that up, in about six or seven weeks we start shooting more of them and we will have just enough of them in the can that we’ll be theoretically ahead of when they show them on TV.”
Speaking of Wen, she did her best to observe the theorized “Marvel vow of silence” during an interview with IGN, but she did do her best to paint a picture of who Melinda May is.
“I think what’s going to be interesting with her character is you discover her slowly. She’s a bit of a mystery, she’s a bit damaged, she doesn’t say very much. She’s slowly revealed — which means I don’t know who she is yet! [Laughs]
Later in the interview, Wen also spoke about how S.H.I.E.L.D. agents will approach a world that is filled with superheroes, referencing some of the events that have happened previously in the Marvel Movie Universe and how they will likely inform her perspective.
“I think if you’re part of that level, if you’re in that level being a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, you’ve seen it all, you know it all. There are things that still might surprise you, but at the same time, they have gone through that route before. It’s more about the task of, how do we fix a bad situation? How do we take care of this and make it a benefit for our country? I think those are our real mindsets — not so much “Holy… whoa! Look at what this person can do…!”, you know? Because they’ve seen aliens fly from a hole up in the sky. We’ve seen a semi-god, so it’s really about, how can we take care of this particular situation.”
As we reported previously, that human response to fantastic things is the mouse-on-wheel of this whole show according to Whedon, so Wen’s description of that world and the S.H.I.E.L.D. modus operandi isn’t exactly surprising – nor is it surprising that the Whedon brood would add a dash of stoicism to the bouillabaisse of characters that they’re brewing.
So, will Wen be the toughest S.H.I.E.L.D. agent of the bunch? Unfortunately, we still have many months of searching in the dark for answers before we know.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on ABC this fall.