Right after the last episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which was directed by one of the show-runners, Jed Whedon), it was revealed that Brett Dalton would be returning to the series as Grant Ward, but with a twist as he exists within the world of the Framework as Daisy Johnson’s boyfriend. The show is finally returning this week as they kick off their third and final storyline of Season 4 known as Agents of Hydra.
Last week Heroic Hollywood participated in the press room for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at WonderCon to chat with the cast and producers about what is coming up in the remaining episodes of Season 4. We had the pleasure of chatting with Dalton as well as show-runners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen as they gave us some teases on what is to come.
At San Diego Comic-Con last year, Whedon had talked about seeing some “classic” Inhumans characters this season. Since then, we discovered that an Inhumans television series centered on Black Bolt and the Royal Family is coming to ABC. When asked at WonderCon whether we’ll still see some classic Inhumans appear, Whedon was quite coy with his answer, but teased that we might still see some appearances.
“You might! It’s not for us to say about what is being planned on that show [The Inhumans], but that is a wait and see.”
After Dalton’s character was killed off twice in Season 3 (first as Ward and then as the villainous Hive who possessed Ward’s body), the actor spoke about getting to return to the show in a different way. Dalton also spoke about the exciting aspects of playing with “What If” stories which is what the show will be dealing with thanks to the Framework storyline.
“That was just one of many twists in that episode [4.16 “What If…”], I was equally as excited about everybody’s parts, because it’s different. It’s a re-introduction to every one of these characters that we have seen for four seasons. For me, whenever [comics] would have those “What If” spin-off stories, they were always been so cool because anything can happen. The rules are relaxed for a little while so it’s great, it’s a reinvention.”
-Whedon and Tancharoen on what was the decision behind the twist of the Framework version of Ward.
-If there might be some callbacks to previous seasons when we see the world of the Framework.
-Whether we will see more returning familiar faces before the end of Season 4.
-If the show has to keep up with the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as they craft their seasons.
“What If…” – Hail the New World Order! Daisy and Simmons uncover secrets and lies in a world gone mad. With Hydra in control, they are our only hope to save everyone, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, APRIL 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and John Hannah as Holden Radcliffe.
Guest starring are Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Mallory Jansen as Aida, Manish Dayal as Vijay Nadeer, Brandon Morales as Agent Pinsky, Taj Speights as Burnell, Chad Wood as Agent Slate, Jade Harlow as Julia Price, Jim Hanna as guy, Heather Olt as woman, Jason Medwin as Hydra guard, Richard Pierre-Louis as Hydra agent, Andrew McGinnis as Hydra agent #1 and Skyler James as Chris Adler.
“What If…” was written by DJ Doyle and directed by Oz Scott. “
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Agents of Hydra airs on Tuesday nights at 10/9c on ABC. Make sure to check back at Heroic Hollywood after every single episode of Season 4 for our weekly reviews. Stay tuned for more WonderCon interviews. Be sure to check out our previous roundtable interviews with the cast and producers of the series, including Natalia Cordova-Buckley (Elena Yo-Yo- Rodriguez) and Henry Simmons (Alphonso Mack Mackenzie).
Who Are The Runaways? Meet Marvel TV’s Newest Superheroes
Runaways has been one of Marvel’s breakout new heroes of the early 2000s. Created by comic book writer and screenwriter Bria K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina (the comic), Lost, Under The Dome, and many others), Runaways told a tale of a group of young kids who find out that their parents are supervillains. Now every teen thinks that their parents are at least marginally evil. It just happens to really be the case for them.
Their parents are a part of a group called The Pride, a Los Angeles-based criminal syndicate consisting of mutants, aliens, magicians, time travelers, and scientists, who are helping a group called Gibborim bring about the end of the world. While they do that, they pretty much run the West Coast, completely under the radar from groups like The Avengers, X-Men, and everyone else. Their children discover them committing a heinous act and decide to “run away” (hence the title) and try to bring their parents to justice.
Adapting Runaways has been something that everyone has clamored for since it first was a comic. The writing was pretty much made for a TV or a film, as it captured teen angst very well, and also gave some very interesting characters. Because they are on the West Coast, it gave a taste of California live in the Marvel Universe as well, as most characters are on the East Coast, specifically New York. After Iron Man was released to acclaim kicking off the MCU, development for a Runaways movie began. However, it did not come through as Marvel Studios concentrated on the Avengers and all the films that followed.
Fans thought we would never see an adaptation of the Runaways, however, that all changed when it was announced that Hulu would be bringing them to the streaming service. The series would have Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl) serving as the showrunners. Tamara Becher, who is a writer for the upcoming Netflix “Defenders” show Iron Fist would serve as one of the writers for the show. Most recently, the production and filming dates for Runaways has been announced, and the cast for the show was finally revealed.
With the Runaways show now on track, just who are these runaways? Let’s take a look at the characters. Click Next to take a look.