Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has ultimately proved to be a game changer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since its debut in 2013, the series has evolved in shocking ways, becoming both the connective tissue that binds all MCU properties together as well as a show that stands alone. You don’t have to see Marvel’s movies to enjoy the series, but the show deepens and expands upon the world established by those movies.
Starring Clark Gregg as fan-favorite Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Iain de Caestecker as Agent Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Simmons, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, and Henry Simmons as Agent Mack, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has come a long way from what many believed was a rocky start. Now in its third season on ABC, the series has taken a journey wrought with shocking twists, surprising turns, and more than a few heartfelt moments. See the latest episode, “Among Us Hide...”, for the latest example of this.
"Among Us Hide..." is also the 50th episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; no small feat for a series that many believed to be doomed early on. To celebrate the milestone, the cast, along with series producers Jed Whedon, Maurisa Tancharoen, and Jeph Loeb, put together a retrospective of their favorite moments from their journey so far. Also featuring candid interviews with the cast and crew, the video (see above) offers an impressive overview of the show’s evolution as well as insight into the onset relationships between the cast.
While the development of the series came too slow for many fans, who spent much of the first season decrying the lack of superheroes and the focus on humans, the series has picked up steam over the last season to become the kind of show that many expected it to be in the first place. That journey, partially documented by the video released today, was filled with some exciting, unforgettable moments that truly established Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a worthy piece of the MCU puzzle. Who could forget the May vs. May fight from season 2? Or Agent Ward’s reveal as a Hydra mole? Or Skye discovering her true potential as Daisy Johnson?
These moments were among the cast favorites as they recounted their first 50 episodes. However, the best parts of the video game from the interplay between the cast. Bennet and Dalton, who represent opposite sides of the same coin on the series, playfully tease each other as they try to film their segments, each of them doing their best to derail their moments and to make each other laugh. The same goes for Henstridge and de Caestecker, who’s off-set relationship somewhat mirrors their onscreen chemistry as Fitz-Simmons.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. truly has evolved into an exciting corner of the MCU over the past 50 episodes, a sentiment shared by Loeb as he recalls the first morning of filming the pilot episode - with Dalton walking into an empty hangar that would eventually house the Bus from the first two seasons:
“It speaks to the magic of the show, it speaks to how we all have, for 50 episodes, had an opportunity to learn about S.H.I.E.L.D. and to learn about these characters through unbelievably great writing, a terrific cast, and the best crew that anyone could ever possibly hope for.”
Here’s hoping that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to weave its magic for another 50 episodes and beyond.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday nights at 9pm/8 central on ABC.