With one member of the team gone, and one floating through space, how can things get any weirder for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? We found out at WonderCon 2019 during their panel and an exclusive first look at the new season.
Before the panel began, fans were treated to a teaser, answering the question they've been asking for quite a while. Marvel also posted it on their Twitter account.
Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television and moderator of the panel, brought out executive producers Jeff Bell, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen. Joining them were cast members Clark Gregg (Coulson), Elizabeth Henstridge (Simmons), Iain De Caestecker (Fitz), Henry Simmons (Mac), Natalia Cordova-Buckley (Elena/Yo-Yo), and Jeff Ward (Deke).
To give fans some fuel for the Q&A portion of the panel, Marvel then premiered the entire sixth season premiere (directed by Clark Gregg). With no spoilers, the episode shows how the team has moved forward following the deaths of Fitz and Coulson in the Season 5 finale. From the full crowd at the Anaheim convention center, the new season is starting very strong.
Following the episode, the panel opened the floor to questions. The first asked what their fondest memory of working on the show has been. Maurissa Tancharoen replied, "This was the first show Jed and I worked on together. These people became our first family; then we created our own family when my daughter was born during the show." Elizabeth Henstridge added, "Walking on the set for the first time to shoot the pilot was just a surreal feeling. Also, getting to film a scene with Stan Lee is something I will never forget."
Clark Gregg and Natalia Cordova-Buckley shared their love of the AoS fandom. "Not many people can say they got the call telling them that 'You've got a great part in Avengers, and then a not-so-great part.' Then for all of you to come back and say 'COULSON LIVES!!' If it weren't for that, we wouldn't be here in this room today." Cordova added, "I've never experienced a show with a fandom like this. To have this external family in addition to the internal one is something [extraordinary.]"
The conversation moved to what type of questions the cast HATES to hear at cons. "What can you tell me about X?" was Gregg's response with no hesitation. The cast agreed. They can't ever talk about show specifics. Whedon went a bit further, addressing a backhanded compliment the show regularly receives. "I HATE the phrase 'after a rocky start,'" he said. "You could just say 'I like the current season' without that little tag every time."
Loeb reminded the crowd that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is Marvel Television's longest-running program, and despite rumors, they aren't planning on going anywhere anytime soon. If the enthusiasm and passion the WonderCon fans showed them is any indication, we can take that statement at face value.
The sixth season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will premiere May 10, 2019.