EXCLUSIVE: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Interviews at PaleyFest 2014

PaleyFest 2014 is now behind us, but we still have a few exclusive interviews from the event to share with you. PaleyFest’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel on Sunday, March 23rd, allowed actors Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennett, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, and executive producer Jeffrey Bell to each have some one on one time with us. They each divulged some information about where the show may be going and what they would like to see in the future.

Elizabeth Henstridge, Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Iain De Caestecker and Brett DaltonClark Gregg, who plays Agent Coulson, had a very interesting response to how he would like The Avengers to find out that Coulson is still alive. “I think I would prefer not to have to explain it myself, at least until I figure out the truth,” responded Clark Gregg speaking as Coulson, “if they had come to me or I ran into them at the beginning of the season I would’ve told them another lie and not even known it.” He continued by stating he would like The Avengers to know the betrayal wasn’t Coulson’s. His answer makes perfect sense and shows how much honor and respect Coulson feels towards his friends. It further explains why Coulson told Lady Sif not to tell Thor he was alive in “Yes Men”. He then said jokingly that he wished Coulson would be transformed into a Avenger himself by the blue alien blood revealed in “TA.H.I.T.I.” and that he came out to the Avengers that way and would tell them “Hey, I’m the new Avenger. Check out my cape.”

A lot of speculation has be floating around the internet on whether Skye might get powers from the blue alien blood injected into her. Of course Chloe Bennett, who plays Skye, wouldn’t want to reveal a major spoiler like that, but she did say that if Skye did have a super power she would want it to be “cerebral” as if she became a Clairvoyant herself. The long term effects of the blue alien blood in Skye have not been revealed but Bennett assured us that Skye’s story will be fleshed out more before the end of the season.

Elizabeth HenstridgeIain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, who play Fitz and Simmons, couldn’t reveal much about whats soon to come in season one of Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. However, Henstridge did assure us that Simmons will question Coulson’s authority some more. As a response to whether or not Caestecker feels he classes up the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. being the show’s resident Brit, he jokingly responded “Yes. Definitely,” but then said its really Clark Gregg who sets the tone for professionalism on set.

Executive producer Jeffrey Bell was very reluctant to reveal anything big about upcoming episodes, as he should, but he was able to tell us that a certain super powered villain will make an appearance. Could this be The Clairvoyant? So, far in the series, we have not actually seen what The Clairvoyant looks like. Could he be revealed to be a certain villain from the Marvel Universe? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Lastly, we were able to ask Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennett, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge what villain would they like their respective characters to go up against. Unsurprisingly, they all responded “Loki.” Clark Gregg stated “there’s a score to settle” between Coulson and Loki since Coulson was killed by Loki in The Avengers. Chloe Bennett, in addition to stating “Loki” as her answer, said she would like Skye to go up against Jean Grey/The Phoenix from Marvel’s X-Men series. “Jean Grey and Phoenix are kind of my favorite characters” said Bennett. Expanding on her “Loki” answer she jokingly stated that Skye would  “definitely make fun of his outfit.” Iain De Caestecker said “Loki” but knows Fitz would be no match. He replied instead that Fitz should take on an “evil monkey” or “evil cat”. Elizabeth Henstridge, in what was probably one of the best answers, replied that she would like Simmons to sit down with Loki and say “Hey, right. There’s father issues here and there’s like identity stuff going on. Let’s just talk about it. Lets have a cup of tea and talk about it.”

Check out our full PaleyFest 2014 interviews below.

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Photos courtesy of Michael Bulbenko for Paley Center for Media.