Exclusive: Ming-Na Wen on finding the humanity in a LMD and Season 5 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Jul 11, 2017

What does Agent May herself think about that space-faring Season 4 cliffhanger ... and how does she feel about playing a Life Model Decoy for most of the season?

We caught up with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Ming-Na Wen at FanFest's Heroes & Villains convention in Nashville to talk about the back half of Season 4 and what fans can expect in Season 5. Since we have to wait until 2018 to see where S.H.I.E.L.D. heads next, Wen at least shed some light on what's next for May and what it was like getting into the head of an LMD.

Check out the interview below, which has been edited for clarity and flow:

A major storyline last season found you playing a Life Model Decoy (LMD) of your character and you spent a good bit of the season in that role. Can you talk about what it was like playing that different version of May and finding the humanity in a LMD?

It was kind of difficult, only because I had to play someone with even less emotions and less expressions than May, which yeah … [laughs]. It was also very confusing because half the time we were figuring out what she's thinking, and not thinking, and what to reveal and not to reveal. But what was really great is what transpired with LMD May is she slowly discovered who she was, and became more vulnerable than May ever could be. It's like she's a child discovering something, and she had a different set of emotional connections. Yet in the end, she still made the right decision because there was more May in her than the programming.

Can you talk about the fallout with Coulson from his connection to LMD May, and how that might play into the next season?

I think Coulson owes May quite a few bottles of Haig [laughs]. I think it'll be interesting because they have revealed their feelings for each other, but I don't think they want to take the next step. I think they're worried about changing their relationship and making it something where it might make their work relationship tougher. I think they value their work relationship so much more, that they're not willing to risk it, and I really prefer that. Let the young people make out and do all that [laughs].

What are your thoughts on that Season 4 cliffhanger, which ended with Coulson in space?

I'm still waiting to find out. I have a meeting with the producers soon. I can't wait to find out why Coulson is out in space. I recently watched Alien again, so are we going to have Season 5 where it's like an alien we have to deal with now? A Predator or something? That'd be fun, turn S.H.I.E.L.D. into a horror movie. But seriously, they never tell us anything, because we're not to be trusted.

You obviously can't talk specifics, but are there any themes you'd like to see explored next season?

I hope they explore May becoming a cougar and having all these young boys at her disposal. Wait, that's my fantasy [laughs]. Sorry, Eric. Eric's my husband [laughs]. But seriously, I hope she has an opportunity where I just get to kick more ass. I think that's all she needs to do. That's what the fans love. Oh, and to wear more leather.

Looking back at the past few years, how has your live changed after joining a fandom like this, from the show to literally becoming a real comic book character?

When the first comic book came out it blew my mind. Being a geek girl, it was so much fun to have been part of this. You know, the only character originally from the comics was Daisy's character Quake. I think it'll be interesting to see where they take the comics, because they go off on a different tangent. I just love that I helped to create this character, with the whole team of writers and Joss [Whedon]. I just love it.