S.H.I.E.L.D is falling. Again. This time, though, it’s S.H.I.E.L.D. taking down S.H.I.E.L.D.
Yeah, it can be a little confusing, but “One Door Closes” shines a light on why exactly there are two separate S.H.I.E.L.D.’s by looking at the organization’s fall, and the seeming demise of its latest incarnation.
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from this week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The real S.H.I.E.L.D. has officially taken over.
During Tuesday’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Gonzalez (Edward James Olmos) and the real S.H.I.E.L.D. gassed Coulson (Clark Gregg) & Co. in order to infiltrate their base, steal Fury’s toolbox and basically takeover—but it’s OK, because a flashback to the day S.H.I.E.L.D. fell actually made you feel bad for them. No? Yeah, they’re still jerks.
Despite her kick-ass fighting skills, winning snark, and close history with Coulson, Bobbi Morse has been a bit of an enigma ever since she arrived on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by way of infiltrating Hydra. Come Tuesday, however, we’ll finally learn a little more about her past—and we’ll also learn some history behind why she and Mack are so loyal to “the real S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Given the fact that Mockingbird’s story and her relationships are the focus of “One Door Closes,” Delicious Design League has chosen to give Bobbi the spotlight in this week’s exclusive art. A Chicago-based company founded in 2006 by friends Jason Teegarden-Downs and Billy Baumann, Delicious Design League has illustrated posters, flyers, and more for everyone from Twitter to Firefox to HBO. And their sharp, clear vision for knowing what to highlight made them a no-brainer for an episode that dives into someone who is more complicated than we might think.
Read below for more in our weekly interview, where executive producer Jeff Bell previews what to expect from Bobbi now that her secret has been officially revealed—and what that might mean for the rest of the season.
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read at your own risk!
While the fake Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are facing a hostile takeover by the real S.H.I.E.L.D., Ward (Brett Dalton) is slowly but surely moving puzzle pieces into place for his ultimate endgame—though what that is remains to be seen.
First, Ward tracked down a scientist who could fix Agent 33’s face, though without knowing her true identity, she couldn’t completely get back to normal. Instead, 33 tried to seduce Ward by taking on Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) face. He oddly turned her down and put his focus on getting 33 her vengeance by infiltrating a U.S. Army base to capture Bakshi (Simon Kassianides), whom Ward and Agent 33 (aka Kara) they are now brainwashing. To what end? EW caught up with Dalton to get the scoop on what’s ahead. (Get scoop on the leaders of the real S.H.I.E.L.D. here.)
The real S.H.I.E.L.D. was unmasked during Tuesday’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—and you may have recognized a few of their leaders. Yes, in aiming for transparency and accountability, there are four different leaders of the real S.H.I.E.L.D., one of which we’ve already met on the series.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. might as well have been renamed after another ABC drama tonight, Secrets & Lies. Okay… so I’ve never actually watched Secrets & Lies, but S.H.I.E.L.D. had more than enough of both tonight, so the title would have been fitting.
In the first few episodes of the back half of season 2, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has dealt with Inhumans, Krees, visiting Asgardian warriors, secrets, and father-daughter conflicts—and has done so without its main Hydra antagonist. Grant Ward hasn’t been seen since the fall finale, where after being shot by Skye, he was last glimpsed teaming up with a distraught Agent 33 (Maya Stojan), someone who had also been abandoned by Whitehall’s untimely death.
Next week, however, that will all change. “Love In The Time of Hydra” not only brings about Ward’s return, but Agent 33’s return, as well. And as the art for this week teases, she’ll be keeping with the trend of wearing many different faces.
Given her penchant of bringing characters to life through expressive drawings that resonate with readers, Annie Wu was the obvious choice for this week’s art. Aside from her stellar work on Marvel’s acclaimed Hawkeye series (written by Matt Fraction), Wu also lends her talents to Adult Swim’s The Venture Bros.; currently, she’s serving as a storyboard revisionist for the show’s sixth season. She recently co-created the new Batgirl with writer Scott Peterson, and her next project will be illustrating DC Comics’ upcoming Black Canary solo series, written by Brendan Fletcher, out this June. Oh, and you might also know her from some work she’s done for EW.
In our weekly exclusive chat, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s executive producer Jeff Bell breaks down Wu’s art and teases what we can expect with Ward’s return.
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Blame the real S.H.I.E.L.D. if you get spoiled.
Skye is out of control, but S.H.I.E.L.D. is determined to keep their brightest new agent on the team—the fake S.H.I.E.L.D. though, apparently, because there’s also a real S.H.I.E.L.D.
After last week’s episode felt more in service to the overarching Marvel universe’s plot, “One of Us” focused squarely on moving along the dangling threads on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson’s team has begun to fracture, and “One of Us” very much delved into the show’s many broken relationships and whether or not they could be repaired.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned from its winter hiatus in an explosive way (literally), with Skye embracing her superhero identity as Daisy Johnson (a.k.a. Quake), the return of the Kree, and the introduction of the Inhumans. Star Clark Gregg talked with EW Morning Live on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s upcoming storylines, and given last year’s big Winter Soldier tie-in, we couldn’t help asking about the possibility of seeing a similar link with Avengers: Age of Ultron, out May 4.
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