It was Agent vs. Agents on the main stage of New York Comic Con tonight as Marvel Head of Television Jeph Loeb kicked off his panel by getting fans to chant either Agent Carter or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The cheering appeared to be a pretty close call (with a few rogue audience members shouting “Hydra!”) until S.H.I.E.L.D. director himself Phil Coulson, aka Clark Gregg, took the stage, wherein the chanting shifted to “Coulson!”
But regardless of which side fans were on, everyone was treated to some news about their favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. show, and the evening culminated in a sneak peek of this Tuesday’s AoS.
Although no one from Agent Carter took the stage, Hayley Atwell (who plays Peggy Carter) and James D’Arcy (Edward Jarvis) delivered a whimsical message from the set in “sunny” Los Angeles – which happened to be a soundstage backdrop of a sunny scene. Atwell said they wouldn’t be able to bring Dominic Cooper, who plays Howard Stark, back for another season, but as the video greeting ended, Cooper was seen sweeping up like a janitor.
Meanwhile, in footage from the show, Atwell was in Stark’s souped-up gadget car, which doubles for the lothario’s love wagon. Jarvis gave her a tour of the ride as Carter once again learned what a dog the inventor is. It was a cute, funny scene, and good to see the pair on screen again, but it didn’t reveal much plot.
Loeb didn’t give details on a premiere date beyond saying it would air during AoS winter hiatus. He did, however, confirm Cooper would return, as would Enver Gjokaj as a promoted Chief Sousa, Chad Michael Murray as Jack Thompson and Bridgit Regan as Dottie. New cast additions include Wynn Evrett as Whitney Frost (known as Madame Masque in the comics), Reggie Austin as Dr. Jason Wilkes, Currie Graham as Chad Chatwin and Lotte Verbeek as Ann Jarvis.
Sadly, still missing from the cast lineup is Lyndsy Fonseca as Angie Martinelli.
On the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. front, Gregg and Loeb joked back and forth on stage a little. Loeb thanked the fans and shared that, currently, the 50th episode of AoS is in production. Then Gregg took a few audience questions.
When asked what he thought when he learned the Inhumans were joining AoS and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Gregg said he first asked if he was Black Bolt (“because I have a dog with antenna,” he added, as a joke that only works at comic cons). Gregg also said he found the Inhumans storyline “topical” since the show is dealing with issues of whether to eradicate or legislate those who are different in society.
In response to what other team members might be Inhumans aside from Daisy, Loeb said to “stay tuned.” Curiously, he stated, “We don’t know who or what any of our team is” but that it will be exciting to watch play out during the season.
The funniest panel moment came when a fan asked if mutants might appear on AoS. Gregg relished the question and said he’d love to talk with mutants, but they are “trapped in a terrifying realm” called “The Copyright Zone.” He said not to worry because one day maybe everyone will live together peacefully in a copyright free zone.
As for the episode itself, I don’t want to give too much away, but it largely revolves around Lincoln on the run with Rosalind and Coulson’s team each trying to catch up to him first. Highlights of the episode has to be an Agent May scene where asses are severely kicked, which garnered a lot of audience cheers. Another great moment involves a couple of our characters in a bar, and a clever gag involving subtitles. Aside from the May scene, the biggest cheers of the episode had to do with Fitz and Simmons; following her rescue last episode, she’s still traumatized and having a difficult time readjusting to this realm. Fitz’ way of dealing with that trauma makes for a really sweet moment.