What a jaw-dropping twist at the end of last week’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! One of the better twists in a season of blind-sided twists on so many shows. Well done, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writers’ room!
If you haven’t seen last week’s episode, ABC is replaying it tonight at the usual 8/7c slot, with the new episode airing at the one-time-only SPECIAL TIME of 9/8c. DON’T MISS IT. Don’t turn on the TV at 8/7c, see that it’s a repeat, and think nothing new is coming from S.H.I.E.L.D. this week. In fact, now that we know what we know, a rewatch of last week’s episode is not a bad idea.
Okay, now that we’re past the public service announcement, we’re heading into spoiler territory if you haven’t seen last week’s episode. If that’s you, move along, and come back when you’re caught up. For your protection, I’m helping you shield your eyes (sorry) by clever placement of this week’s Art of Level 7 poster from Marvel and artist Paolo Rivera, which you can purchase here:
Now, about last week… Marvel.com spoke with Brett Dalton (Agent Ward) about last week’s reveal, and it turns out that we shouldn’t be surprised that we’d never guess he’s with Hydra, because he didn’t know until two episodes before:
When we were shooting “Yes Men.” It was a Friday night and [we were filming a] kind of brutal fight between May, and I thought, “Wow, there’s quite a few people on set for a Friday night, watching a fight scene.” Usually they don’t do that.
And then afterwards [Executive Producer] Maurissa [Tancharoen], who is clearly the designated mother of the entire set, was like, “Hey, you’re doing such a great job, the writers just wanted to talk to you after when you were done.” And I didn’t really think anything of it, and she was like, “It’s all good, don’t worry about it, but we just wanted a few [minutes] when you wrap.” [Then] I’m thinking the entire time, holy crap, they’re gonna kill me off. I better enjoy this scene then because my days are numbered at this point. And you know I’m on a Joss Whedon show, so from the very beginning I’m not unaware of the fact that my position on the team was not a guarantee.
So there I was, I have not felt that way since middle school probably, being called into the principal’s office. It took me a really long time to get dressed because [of] the whole thing. I remember stalling as much as I could, and I walked in and sat down on the couch and there were all the writers there and I thought, “oh my God.” I was kind of in shock, kind of like, “give it to me doc, tell me the results what do we got here.” Then they proceeded to let me in on what their plan for my character had been all along. I don’t think anyone knew who the Clairvoyant was, so they told me first, “Well, Garrett is the clairvoyant and Garrett is your supervising officer and you trained under him so that makes you also part of Hydra.” And I think I just sat there with my jaw open for the next 20 minutes, and they just did all of the talking because I couldn’t say anything. It was a huge turn. I didn’t see any of that coming, so I was just shock for about the next day. Then it sank in and I started to think wow, what a cool opportunity…
I mean, I think it fulfilled a promise of his past. We got from the very beginning, [when] he’s talking to Coulson about how he has a troubled past and the whole revelation that he doesn’t play well with others. The Berserker episode, we get bits and pieces of this troubled past. This delivers on it in an interesting way that nobody sees coming.
I’m really looking forward to seeing how this all plays out. Here’s the press release on the new episode, “Providence”:
HUNTED BY FRIENDS AND FOES ALIKE, COULSON’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. LOOK FOR SAFE HAVEN, ON ABC’S “MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Bill Paxton Guest Stars as Agent John Garrett
Patton Oswalt Guest Stars as Agent Eric Koenig
Adrian Pasdar (“Heroes”) Guest Stars as US Air Force Colonel Glenn Talbot
“Providence” – With Colonel Glenn Talbot now on their trail, Coulson and his team seek refuge in the last place anyone would look, where they begin to uncover S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most dangerous secrets — secrets that could destroy them all, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, APRIL 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Editor’s Note: This episode replaces episodes of “The Goldbergs” (9:00-9:31 p.m.) and “Trophy Wife” (9:31-10:00 p.m.)
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons.
Guest starring are Bill Paxton as Agent Garrett, David Conrad as Ian Quinn, Ruth Negga as Raina, B.J. Britt as Agent Triplett, Adrian Pasdar as Col. Talbot, Patton Oswalt as Koenig, Patrick Brennan as Marcus Daniels, Rich Paul as Agent #1, Bayardo De Murguia as Agent #2, Jeffrey Muller as Agent Kaminsky, Alysha Del Valle as ABC reporter and Ramon Hilario as barber.
”Providence” was written by Brent Fletcher and directed by Milan Cheylov.
And finally, here’s a screenshot from the new episode, followed by a featurette with the cast talking about the reveal and what it may mean:
Step out of the shadows and into the light as the cast of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” discuss the major changes and betrayals in the series’ most recent episode! Don’t miss an all-new episode next Tuesday, April 15 at a special time 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC!
Featurette: Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – Out of the Shadows
So, my impression that the post-Cap 2 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wouldn’t truly spoil the movie was completely wrong. It’s a bold move by ABC and Marvel but it’s also so cool.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge, usually airs Tuesdays at 8/7c BUT TONIGHT THE NEW EPISODE IS AT 9/8c after an encore of last week’s episode at 8/7c on ABC.