10 things we learned at the 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Paleyfest panel
Chloe Bennet is just as curious about Skye as the rest of us
One of the more dramatic developments of the season found Skye (Bennett) near death after taking two bullets in Episode 13. Simmons (Henstridge) goes against protocol and injects her with an unknown formula that they believe was used to save Agent Coulson after his "death" in "The Avengers." Bennet survives, but recuperates much faster than Coulson did prompting questions about whether the serum has given her special powers or if she isn't as "human" as we all have been led to believe. Bennet revealed she's still in the dark about Skye's origins and will scan the internet on set quizzing the screenwriters abou any number of different Marvel possibilities. Either they are intentionally not telling her or she hasn't hit it yet (we're betting on the former).
You won't believe what's on Brett Dalton's resume
The Southern California native who plays Agent Ward had little on his resume before landing his role on "MAoS", but series co-creator Maurissa Tancharoen joked there was one thing he listed that convinced them he could do the stunts required for the series. In all seriousness, the 6'2 actor* claims to have attended clown school. And, no, Dalton didn't deny it.
*It's worth noting, Dalton's IMDB page officially lists him as 6'2, but this may be a rare case of where an actor may be publicly saying he's shorter than he actually is. I have a ton of friends who are 6'2. Unless Dalton was wearing lifts he's at least 6'3 1/2 or maybe 6'4.
Marvel mutants on TV?
There has been some debate over whether the character rights that Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures have on the big screen also translate to the small screen. None of the companies have commented on it publicly and Fox and Sony haven't tried to create television shows based on the X-Men or Spider-Man respectively. That being said, when a fan asked if we might ever see mutants on "MAoS," Jeph Loeb's answer was a carefully prepared line he's clearly had in his back pocket for sometime. Loeb noted, "There is no proof that in the Marvel cinematic universe there are mutants." And that's that. For now at least.
Elisabeth Henstridge wants a scene with Loki
At one point, moderator Felicia Day asked the panel which Marvel Universe character they wish they could play and it got twisted around to which character you'd like to do a scene with. Henstridge immediately volunteered that she'd love for Simmons to have tea with Loki. Gregg quickly snapped, "Y'know I've been in a scene with Loki. Somehow I think you'd have a different result."*
*Agent Coulson "dies" at Loki's hand in "The Avengers."
Clark Gregg tells fans to be vocal
At one point during the panel Gregg responded to an audience question by telling fans to speak out about what they like and don't like. "In my experience," Gregg says, "Marvel listens to the fans." It may not always seem that way, but they do (perhaps he's also telling everyone to let ABC to bring it back the show for a second season, too?).
There is a plan
Fans of the show should know that everyone behind-the-scenes knew about the events in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" before they began writing the pilot script last Spring. They also get to read all the Marvel Studios movie screenplays so they have a better sense of where the larger Marvel Universe is going. So, when Bell noted, "We know where we want season 2 to end and season 3 to end and which characters are still alive" he wasn't kidding. And, yes, that last tidbit is a bit ominous isn't it?
Look for more on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." including red carpet video interviews with Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Brett Dalton, and producers and co-creators Jeph Loeb, Jeffrey Bell, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen over the next few days on HitFix.