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WIRE Buzz: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. says goodbye; Daniel Dae Kim lobbies for James Hong star; more
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are gearing up for one last mission, but before they do, the cast of the ABC show wants to say thanks to the fans who have stuck by them over the course of their seven-season run.
Marvel released a video of the cast's farewells today, ahead of the show's two-hour series finale on Wednesday. It features everyone from the 'quake-inducing Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) and fan-favorite Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), to creators Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, all extending their gratitude for helping the show stay on the air for seven seasons — thus outlasting all of Marvel's other TV series.
"Thanks to #CoulsonLives. Thanks to the greatest fans in the world," says Gregg in the video below, name-checking the fan campaign to bring the character back following his fate in 2012's Avengers, which led to his inclusion in the series. "Thank you for going on this ride with us."
Henry Simmons, who is now a proud owner of a version of his character Mack's signature weapon, adds, "You know, we have our family here in terms of the characters and the cast. But honestly, you fans are an extension of this family. There wouldn't be this show without you."
The final season of the show has seen the S.H.I.E.L.D. team jump around time in pursuit of Chronicoms, high-tech aliens who want to sabotage the time stream so they can take over Earth. (So, just another day at S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ then.) But as the trailer for this final episode reveals, the team is set to go into space, and perhaps, encounter a familiar face.
The two-hour series finale of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs tomorrow, Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
And now for some happy news!
Kim began his campaign on Aug. 6 after reading a CNN profile of Hong, which celebrated the Big Trouble In Little China star's prolific career, and noted that with more than 600 credits over the course of his time as an actor — including voice roles in Disney's animated feature Mulan and Dreamworks' Kung Fu Panda trilogy — Hong, 91, may lay claim to the most credits of any actor, alive or dead.
Kim questioned why Hong, an American-born actor of Chinese descent, had yet to be awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a noted tourist destination that sees travellers from all over the world flock to it each year.
"We all know what an important part of Hollywood lore the Walk of Fame has been over the years," said Kim in the description of the GoFundMe campaign he set up. "It's time James Hong was honored in the way he deserves, and it's time to show him how much he, and all the actors of color of earlier generations, have done to pave the way for us today."
Within only four days of the campaign going live, Kim was able to raise the funds needed for both the creation and installation of the star itself and general maintenance of the Walk of Fame ($50,000), as well as the amount needed to cover any extra GoFundMe service charges ($5,000).
But as Kim notes on the GoFundMe page, this is just the first step towards getting Hong honored in this way. The next would be to submit a nomination application to the Walk of Fame selection committee in April 2021, with the hope that Hong will be among the 30 applicants selected to be "cemented" in the following year. Should the application not succeed, Kim plans on holding on to the money and then re-applying the following year (2022). If neither application is successful, he shall then donate the money raised to a charity in Hong's honor.
Kim isn't the only celeb involved in the fundraising efforts, with Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween Kills) tweeting out about the campaign, and Ming-Na Wen (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Ken Jeong (Boss Level), and Randall Park (Ant-Man and the Wasp) all offering a 30-minute Zoom call with anyone who donated more than $5,000.
iO9 has revealed that Ravensburger's latest board game, The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game, will allow fans of the 1987 classic fantasy comedy to play out the events of the film and go up against Prince Humperdink, Count Rugen, and Vizzini themselves,
Players can play by themselves, or with up to at least three other players as they step into the shoes (er, mask) of Westley, Buttercup, Inigo Montoya, and Fezzik as they go through six different "chapters" of the story — as displayed by the flipbook nature of the board, which allows them to progress through each sequence.
And for anyone worried that the game won't capture the charm of the film, Ravensburger has found a way to translate even the movie's framing, with players having to navigate constant interruptions from a sick grandson — along with Shrieking Eels, the Fire Swamp, and the Cliffs of Insanity — all in the effort to help true 'wuv' prevail.
The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game will be available for purchase in October.