Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally returns for a fifth season later tonight (and is going to space, to boot). Ahead of the eagerly anticipated premiere, SYFY WIRE recently sat down with comic book writer and artist Brian Michael Bendis to chat about two of his iconic Marvel characters making the leap to live action form on the ABC series.
One of those characters is Victoria Hand, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who made her debut in the pages of The Invincible Iron Man #8 back in 2008. Played by Saffron Burrows, the character first appeared in the Season 1 episode "The Hub." Hand would appear for a total of four episodes, only to be murdered by Ward (Brett Dalton) in "Turn, Turn, Turn."
The second character to make the leap to TV is Yo-Yo Rodriguez, aka Slingshot. Created for the pages of The Mighty Avengers #13 (also in 2008), Yo-Yo first arrived on the S.H.I.E.L.D. scene in the Season 3 episode "Bouncing Back." Played by Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Yo-Yo became a full-fledged member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and even got her own digital miniseries titled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot.
"It’s surreal," Bendis said about his characters appearing on the Marvel TV series. "What added to the surrealness is that the level of quality of the adaptation. I have absolutely no interaction with the people of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and they throw in some of my absolute favorite stuff.
"Victoria Hand showed up on that show. That's the stuff I would have put up on the show if it was my show and they keep doing it without knowing how much I love this stuff. Even Joe Quesada was working on those Yo-Yo [shorts], he directed those and I was like 'what are you working on?' He goes 'oh I'm doing some Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it's Yo-Yo.' 'Yo-Yo’s getting a thing?' Like even Yo-Yo got a solo spotlight, it's crazy."
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. kicks off Season 5 with a special two-hour premiere tonight (Dec. 1) at 8PM on ABC.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.