Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read at your own risk!
Inhuman hatred hit an all-time high during Tuesday’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
A group purporting to be the Inhuman Resistance caused blackouts in major cities around the world, exclaiming they want to live in peace and not have to be registered. However, the blackouts were all happening in cities in which S.H.I.E.L.D. had just moved an Inhuman asset, like Miami, where Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) was attending a bachelorette party.
When a group of armed gunmen claiming to be concerned citizens show up to locate the Inhuman causing the blackout, Coulson (Clark Gregg) & Co. must come to Yo-Yo’s rescue, discovering that the Watchdogs were actually behind it. Thanks to the Sokovia Accords registration list, the Watchdogs were able to locate the Inhumans — but they had help. It turns out, anti-Inhuman Senator Nadeer (Parminder Nagra) secretly backed the Watchdogs, speaking out against S.H.I.E.L.D., as the organization was forced to step back into the light early. How will the world react? EW turned to executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen to find out.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How will the world feel about S.H.I.E.L.D. stepping back into the light?
JED WHEDON: I think there will be mixed feelings in the world. There are people who, as we see with the senator, are outspoken against Inhumans and will be against any form of protection for them. There are also people who are afraid. The idea of bringing S.H.I.E.L.D. back into the light is to ease their fears. So it’s going to be mixed.
Can you talk about Nadeer’s motivations? She hates S.H.I.E.L.D., she hates Inhumans, but her brother is becoming one.
WHEDON: We’ll unpack more of that later, but it’s safe to say that she’s part of the Humans First movement. She believes in humanity, and all humanity, and that we should be united, but she believes we should be united against a common enemy, and that enemy is of alien origin and Inhumans. We’ll unpack why she feels that way and what the story is with her brother later, but she does hold that opinion on a deep level.
Inhuman hatred starkly resembles what’s going on in the real world. Can you talk about why you wanted to do this storyline?
WHEDON: That’s the fun part about a genre TV show is you can speak in metaphor. There is a lot of fear of the other in our world right now. We get to do that with humans and Inhumans. We get to tackle those issues head-on without ever really talking about them.
Have there been instances in the writers’ room where it was too similar to what was happening in the real world?
WHEDON: No, we’re not dealing with reality, so we don’t have that problem.
MAURISSA TANCHAROEN: Even in dealing with the metaphors for what is happening in our world currently, because we are a genre-based show, we have the opportunity to point out the insanity of what’s currently going on in the real world in creative ways.
WHEDON: The real question is about hate. We don’t personally believe it’s a good thing to hate people. For us, when it links up with current events, that’s only good because our version is going to be the wacky Marvel version and we don’t have to worry about overlap with reality. It’s a simple message that we’re trying to say, which is hate is probably not the right feeling to have. Fortunately for us, it’s alien creatures and people who are transforming into super-powered Inhumans, so we’re not worried about that overlap with that demographic in the real world, because it doesn’t exist.
Gabe tells Daisy to stay away from Robbie. Will she abide by that? What does her relationship with Ghost Rider look like moving forward?
WHEDON: That moment is significant because we know that Daisy has been trying to operate alone, because she doesn’t want to be a danger to anyone else. Now she finds someone who seems even more dangerous than her, so they team up, but then Gabe voices her very fear, “I don’t think you’re good for him.” So it’s another blow to Daisy and her emotional makeup. How they come back together, you’ll just have to wait and see.
You name-dropped Gabe and Robbie’s uncle, Elias Morrow, who was the Spirit of Vengeance in the comics. How soon will you explore more of what’s really going on with these spirits and is there anything you can tease?
WHEDON: Pretty soon you’ll learn more — next episode, I think. In terms of the uncle and Gabe, we’re definitely pivoting from the storyline in the comics. We’re pulling the characters, the character names and the relationships, but I think you can already feel that we’ve changed it. Those dynamics will be entirely different. We’re using them as inspiration. We’ll start unpacking the story behind these gosh darn ghosts in the next episode.
Radcliffe revealed a part of his new technology in order to save May. Will Simmons circle back on that now that the immediate danger has passed?
WHEDON: Perhaps. We can’t really comment on that, but we will say Simmons is smarter than the average bear.
How will Fitz lying about this affect their relationship?
TANCHAROEN: That is the question. We’ve already put so many obstacles in their way of being together. Now that they’re together, is this one of the complications?
WHEDON: Right. We’ve put obstacles between them to keep them from being in a relationship, but now they’re in one, so we have to throw a whirligig in the middle of that thing.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.