With ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ starting its second season tonight, there are lots of tidbits about what to expect. Also, Marvel has posted an official synopsis of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Lucy Lawless Talks About Her Role as Isabelle Hartley
Lucy Lawless joins the series in a recurring role as Isabelle Hartley, an agent who has a history with Coulson, and whom he reaches out to in his efforts to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. after last season’s Hydra reveal.
Of her character, she says “Well, she’s a badass girl. You don’t want to mess with her. I was very interested in the fact that she’s a mercenary. I quite like people who have a lot of duality. You try to play them as somebody perfectly sensible and likable, but who does terrible things for a living. I was attracted to that. She’s a dangerous gal.”
Lawless also talks about Lance Hunter, another mercenary who will be a regular character this season. “I personally like being part of the team. She’s got this younger agent, named Lance Hunter, who is played by Nick Blood. He’s going to blaze across your screen. They are bringing in some more hubba hubba for people who like that sort of thing. He’s also a fine actor.”
Speaking of Nick Blood
Nick Blood talks a bout his own character, while trying not to be too spoilery. “He’s based on a Marvel character, Lance Hunter, “ he explains, “who in the comics was the head of S.T.R.I.K.E., which was kind of like the British equivalent of S.H.I.E.L.D. He’s British, he’s got military background, as did Lance [in the comics]. He kind of comes across the S.H.I.E.L.D. gang and ends up joining them. “
He does talk a bit about Izzy Hartley. “There’s a couple of characters, Izzy and Idaho, and these guys have been through everything together,” Blood reveals. “They’ve been together for a while, trust in each other explicitly, and they know each other inside out. They know what each other’s going to do before they do it. I think with that, with the experiences that they’ve gone through, comes a huge amount of love and respect for each other and a sort of deep caring for one another. So with Izzy, they’re thick as thieves.”
Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell Talks About Coulson
Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell addresses whether the alien blood he was brought back from death by will have further implications for Director Coulson, and if it has anything to do with the strange writing he was last seen creating at the end of Season 1.
“That’s a great question,” he says. “What is this serum? Why is he doing that? Is he in control? Is he losing his mind? Or is he becoming something else? Or will he be fine? Those are all things we are going to explore.”
Bell also addresses what may happen when Skye’s father, played by Kyle McLachlan, shows up. “In many ways last year, Coulson was a surrogate father to Skye and any time you have a show about a team, it is a metaphor for a family,” says Bell. “And so to be able to bring on a character’s birth father as well as have a character’s surrogate father, I think there’s opportunities for really rich storytelling.”
Director Coulson Has the Final Word(s)
Finally, Clark Gregg spoke to Marvel.com about his new role as Director Coulson, and what his new position requires of him.
“It’s tricky,” Gregg says. “He kind of got his dream job that I don’t even think he would have ever dreamed he would be given. [But] he’s been given this job at a time when the job itself [is] kind of “President of Nothing” because S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t exist. In fact, it’s worse than that. They’re [a] hunted, illegal organization that the U.S. military has kind of chosen to cast the doubt of the world on [because of] the betrayal of Hydra. [They] blur the lines between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra and hunt them all down. So he has to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. bigger and better than before, and he has to do it at a time when they’re completely hunted with few resources.”
He says the relationships he had with his crew are likely to be different, now that he is Director. “There’s a way he can afford an intimacy with all of them when they’re part of a small, elite squad on the Bus,’ he says. “It’s different than what’s possible for him as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s just a different position he has to maintain, and there are secrets he must keep. I think that takes a toll on some of his relationships, at least out of the gate.”
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel has put out an official synopsis of the next ‘Avengers’ installment.
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.