New ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Character Featurette; Scar Jo Talks ‘Captain America 2′

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Fall 2013 will see the Marvel Universe not only gracing the big screen (Thor: The Dark World) but also the small screen, thanks to ABC’s upcoming premiere of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. The cinematic respite won’t last long: after Thor 2 this fall we will catch up again with Captain America in Captain America: The Winter Soldier come spring 2014.

Today we’re rounding up Marvel live-action news on both the S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America 2 fronts; we have a new featurette for the former (see above) and new hints from Winter Soldier star Scarlett Johansson on the relationship Black Widow and Captain America will form in the next installment of that franchise.

The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

There has already been plenty of setup for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot that was written and directed by Avengers architect, Joss Whedon. This latest featurette covers a lot of the same ground – the show’s balance of action and humor, the return of Agent Coulson, the basic premise of normal people trying to find their place in a superhero world – but it goes one step further, introducing us to Coulson’s new team.

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We meet chip-on-shoulder black ops agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton); “retired from the field” legend Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); Wikileaks-style blog-hound Skye (Chole Bennet); scientist geek team Leo (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma (Elzabeth Henstridge); and we all already know Agent Coulson (just not HOW he has been resurrected after his death in Avengers). There seems to be a certain amount of mystery surrounding several of the team members (not just Coulson), which could be seeds for some pretty good character drama that unfolds over the course of the season.

With hints that Extremis could be involved in tying the show to the Marvel Movies, and a cast and approach that seems more solid that advertisements would have you believe, we’re eager to see how Marvel’s big TV experiment plays out.

Black Widow in Winter Soldier

Coming Soon spoke to Scarlett Johansson during the press junket for her new film Don Jon, and asked about previous speculation that Widow and Captain America (Chris Evans) could be getting romantic in Winter Soldier. SIDE NOTE: This was always a specious line of reasoning, as any Captain America comic book fan knows that Widow’s heart has ties to the titular Winter Soldier, NOT Steve Rogers.

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To her credit, Johansson tried to course-correct the thought process without dropping major spoilers about the Winter Soldier story arc:

The pairing is strange on paper, but you’ll understand the pairing when you see “Cap 2″ and of course Marvel’s really good at noticing those connections too! They will continue to build on the different relationships that audiences connect to…

Of course in “Avengers” particularly you start to see the relationships forming between these characters, and all of us have very specific relationships with one another. Of course we all know how we feel about one another. We work and all use each other in different ways. We all have very specific opinions about one another. I think that Joss laid the groundwork for a lot of interesting connections. That’s why the audiences are so intrigued by that film because they love to see how these characters react to each other that come from completely different universes.

In case that vague account still isn’t clear: The Winter Soldier is a character who has direct ties to the pasts of both Cap and Widow – meaning that their relationship in the film will be a bond formed over their shared connection to the character, and how his status as a globe-trotting master assassin effects them both, emotionally.

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Director Joe Russo explained it like this when we talked to him:

“For Black Widow, it’s a very strong relationship with the two of them in this film. Chris and Scarlett really play off eachother very well in the film; they are paired up, it’s definitely a two-hander. What we loved about the relationship is Cap has a very strong moral code, she does not; he operates in the truth, she doesn’t. So that creates conflict between the two characters, it creates an interesting ‘Odd Couple’ pairing and for us, the journey that they go on together is the heart of the movie.”


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on Tuesday, September 24th @ 8pm/7c on ABC.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be in theaters on April 4th, 2014.

Source: Marvel & Coming Soon

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  1. Can’t wait to see how it plays out. I’d especially enjoy it if Sebastian Stan got to play a lead role in a spy thriller type movie along the lines that Cap 2 is being claimed, have covert SHIELD ops and explore that underbelly instead of everything being colourful and playing out in front of the rest of the world.

    Sort of like Marvel as written by John Le Carre. Tinker, Tailor, Winter Soldier, Spy if you will.

    Whether that will happen or not, who knows but if they turn Batman into more of the seasoned detective at WB/DC then this could be Marvel’s way of doing something similar so that people can have the spy/detective genres in two distinct flavours and choose which they prefer.

    I dunno, I saw Tinker, Tailor this week and read Fallen Son again earlier today and during the pages with Bucky and Falcon talking, I just felt it could be a good idea to explore that side of the Marvel world.

    • I love John le Carré. I’ve read most of his books. Great cold war spy thrillers. I also love the Tinker, Tailor….. mini series starring Alec Guiness. Highly recommended. The movie based on Tinker, Tailor is just ok.

      The problem with lifting le Carré style plots and fitting them into a Marvel movie is that they are really complicated, and are not generally action packed. I don’t know if the super hero fans would enjoy it.

      But I would!

      • Me too but I felt that the tone of Captain America was almost close and the talk of Cap 2 being more spy thriller has me wondering if that’s the direction they’ll go with certain characters while others get to feature in “dumb action movie” style films with plenty of fight scenes and explosions (Heroes For Hire?) and others are more character driven pieces (like Iron Man 3 or any future Hulk movies).

        Be a nice way to separate the movies and give them their own distinctive feel instead of all sharing the same palette (both visually and script-wise).

        • I feel like all the new directors are progressing the tone away from its predecessors. Iron man 3 didmt give a crap about iron man or iron man 2. Thor looks vastly diffrent than the world kennetj branagh set up. And the russo’s seem to be doing diffrent as well

          • IM3 didn’t give a crap because it was much more personal and more introspective with Stark unsure of himself and allowing the suit to do the work for him in case anything ever happens to him and he can’t see Pepper and Happy again (plus the panic attacks and mild depression he was showing) compared to the confidence that oozed from every pore in the first two movies and seemed more like a one dimensional braggart given the RDJ charm (not that Stark was written as a one dimensional character at all).

            So IM3 ticked all boxes for me on every count, from Stark’s character evolution to the Mandarin twist and everything in between.

            Thor looks different and that’s a good thing. While I never thought this, others complained that Asgard looked too clean and clinical and now we’re getting something that looks down and dirty in the style of GOT, which is good considering we have warriors using traditional weapons fighting each other with magic thrown in too. I like the idea of mud flying every time a body crashes to the ground.

            The less said about the Russos, the better because we covered that already in the comments with the political thriller feel we’ve heard so much about.

            I’m sensing that you think that shift away from the predecessors is a bad thing but I beg to differ.

            • Its only bad for im3. And i dont mean tony as a character but its clear contredictions to its predecessor. We had people using suits when it was clearly stated its coded to certain peoples identity. And worst of all they took the shrapnel out of his chest via open heart surgery. When he spent a whole film creating a new element. Its that contredictions which angered me about im3. Im fine with thor 2 changes and i didnt like cap so im all for a change

              • People using suits coded to certain identities….

                Tony used one, Pepper had one built just for her, Rhodes stole one in IM2 that became his official government approved suit. The latter meaning that Stark’s ID confirmation wouldn’t have been possible for that particular suit since it worked for James when he used it then flew off to have it modified by the USAF.

                The lack of ID confirmation for that suit therefore made it easy to accept that it could be stolen and used by a henchman and then to hide the Vice President inside.

                No issues there at all, easily explained.

                As for the open heart surgery, again, easily explained.

                He created the arc reactor in the first to keep the shrapnel from entering his heart and killing him long enough to get back home since he couldn’t perform open heart surgery in a cave and then kept it in. We don’t know why but we can assume he felt everything was fine how it was with the reactor in his chest keeping him alive.

                IM2 saw him create a new element to keep the reactor charged for longer and also because the original was poisoning his body.

                At the end if IM3, he gave up being Iron Man and decided to not only blow up the suits but also to finally have the shrapnel removed, along with the last remnants of the man he was at the start of the movie.

                Again, easily explained and nothing to get angry about at all unless you don’t pay attention or can’t understand even the simplest of things, or perhaps have no common sense or logic to match up events from the trilogy with one another.

                He’s done with being Iron Man, which is why I think it will take something major (tragic?) to bring him back to the team in Age Of Ultron.

                I loved Captain America’s movie though, probably one of the better Phase 1 movies for me. Then again, the only Phase 1 movies that bored me were IM2 and The Avengers.

                • Thats not easily explained for me. It doesnt make sense that he would go through trouble and extreme pain when there was an easier option. He is tony stark he does whatever is necessary and i find it rediculous that he will live with something when it can be fixed. I think tony built him a suit hence why rhodes could use it. Not a henchman

              • As far as the open heart surgery, my theory is that Tony injected himself with extremis at the end, thus allowing his body to survive without the arc reactor. Not much evidence for this, just my theory based on what happens in the comic books.

      • I found LeCarre trite, maudlin, and dry. Maybe I just don’t understand his writing. But I know he has alot of fans, so it must just be personal preference. I do normally like a good spy thriller, tho.

  2. It appears that there is a lot of emphasis on this particular phase 2 movie because of an obvious lack of interest in one or two of the primary avengers characters (their individual movies anyway). My theory is they pack the next avengers movie references, other (avengers) characters (black widow, falcon), and intricate storyline to attempt some overcompensation to make sure everyone still goes to see captain america. I never was a captain america fan (I was always of the opinion he was Wolverine without balls), however the more I find out about this movie, the more I’m guaranteed to go see it. The perceived fear that people may not go to see this has caused them to put as many interesting elements and potential in it as possible, so their insecurity equals all of our benefit.

  3. i’m ready for some cap2 trailers.

  4. I agree Jeffro, bring on the teaser and a full Cap2 trailer!

  5. we might learn more about black widows soviet connection…

  6. Scarlett Johansson is a good actress and a really hot woman I mean hopefully there’s something more for her than we’ve seen already. Chris Evans is a pretty good actor and very well cast as Captain America. I think the results are going to have this as the best Marvel movie not named The Avengers.

  7. Really looking forward to this, altho Falcon looks to be less than I expected (guess I wanted the super-looking costume and more ultra-hero stuff than a soldier in a glider). Also not sure what story-line I would have had, but probably would not have done Winter Soldier this time around. It might turn out OK, tho. I am keeping an open mind and am pumped for this movie. Another guaranteed DVD buy for me.

  8. of course black widow hooks up with winter soldier in marvel comic but she ends up with steve rogers aka captain america as both of them have a son named james rogers who is named after the name of james barnes aka winter soldier.