After seven seasons of placing its heroes by way of hell, Marvel’s Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D. has come to an finish. The collection could have begun firmly entrenched within the bigger MCU, however because it went alongside, it determined to inform it’s personal story. The time-hopping Season 7 positively went this route, as did the collection finale.
The members of the group are the very epitome of a discovered household, particularly so far as Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) is worried. New members joined over time and rapidly grew to become important members, and the actors are simply as shut (if not nearer) in actual life. How do the actors really feel about laying down their character’s burdens, their ultimate fates, and saying goodbye?
SYFY WIRE caught up with actors Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg (Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Could), Elizabeth Henstridge (Simmons), Iain De Caestecker (Fitz), Henry Simmons (Mack), Natalia Cordova-Buckley (Yo-Yo), Jeff Ward (Deke), and Enver Gjokaj (Sousa) throughout a press occasion to rejoice the tip of an period.
**WARNING: From this level on, there will likely be large spoilers for the finale of Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you’re not caught up, bounce in Lola fly out of right here. **
On the present breaking away from the bigger MCU…
Gregg: I appreciated when the main focus actually was identical to, “Look, what’s one of the best ways to inform tales with these characters, utilizing no matter items of the Marvel Universe aren’t already spoken for.” And I felt like that actually freed up our writers to take possibilities, and take possibilities they did.
After they’ve all gone their separate methods, the brokers caught up with one another in a single ultimate scene.
Bennet: It was tough to shoot. It mirrored precisely what we had been all going by way of as a forged. We had been this ragtag group of individuals taking pictures this model of the Marvel world that is by no means actually been touched earlier than, in a really completely different, restricted sources. We have simply grown collectively, onscreen and off.
And issues simply change, and the gravity of how actual that felt for us is correct. Or at the least for me. It simply wasn’t laborious. It wasn’t laborious within the sense that I do not really feel like many people had been appearing. It felt very like that was the forged saying goodbye to one another, and it was actually particular.
The finale noticed Daisy and Sousa off on a brand new mission collectively, Could turning into a instructor, Mack and Yo-Yo nonetheless working for S.H.I.E.L.D., Deke staying behind within the ’80s, and Fitz and Simmons lastly discovering peace and having a toddler.
Wen: I used to be blissful… for her to finish up operating the Coulson Academy and being there to uphold the requirements and passing on her data and expertise to the brand new recruits of S.H.I.E.L.D., I felt that was very apropos for Could. And to be single.
Cordova-Buckley: I believed it was applicable for Yo-Yo to change into a pacesetter of her personal squad. And he or she’s form of been constructing as much as that place and he or she’s lastly there and he or she’s pleased with who she’s with — the president and the primary girl.
Simmons: I used to be a little bit bit stunned as a result of I believed that we’d see everybody of their non-public lives fairly actually, shifting on from S.H.I.E.L.D. I appreciated the truth that we nonetheless proceed to battle for justice. It is bizarre as a result of we’re all form of in separate locations. However I suppose that may be a nod to life itself as a result of it’s totally uncommon the place people working collectively in the direction of one thing keep collectively perpetually.
De Caestecker: [Quoting Henstridge] It’s form of a becoming finish, however the starting of one thing as properly, the start of one other life for them.
Henstridge: It was a stunning ending for them, and it helped to elucidate why Fitz was away and it needed to be one thing larger than them, and for them, that may be their daughter. And it was simply so pretty to get to play characters that in the beginning had been simply form of doing every little thing they may not to consider one another romantically, to ending at Season 7 with them having this daughter that they’ve each laid their lives on the road for.
Ward: The one factor [Deke] ever needed was a household, and saying goodbye to that household is essentially the most selfless and good factor he may have achieved. And it was fairly cool, I really feel like, to get to depart him with that and for him to be robust sufficient to do it by himself and to say goodbye and sacrifice himself for these folks.
Deke additionally proved selfless in simply wanting Daisy to be blissful, even when it wasn’t with him.
Ward: That was a very cool factor, too, as a result of Chloe and I had been speaking about it and it appears like there are such a lot of of us, that you do not get the woman, and you’ll have this large journey with an individual and actually be in love with them, and more often than not it doesn’t occur that method. I believed it was a very cool indication of the heroic second for the man who does not get the woman.
Agent Sousa of the late Agent Carter collection joined the present mid-season, and caught round to the very finish.
Gjokaj: It was an amazing, super privilege. Once you’re beginning a present up — simply the crew had been working collectively for thus lengthy. The forged had been working collectively for thus lengthy. I simply had the privilege of strolling onto such a properly run ship. And likewise being within the place the place they needed to let me discover part of this character that by no means received to be actually explored in Agent Carter and actually play that out.
Clark Gregg additionally talked about that he was glad that Daisy ended up with the “stud muffin” Sousa. Did any of them have unfulfilled hopes for his or her characters?
Cordova-Buckley: I all the time needed her father to be talked about… he’s such an awesome character within the comedian books, and I all the time form of was so as a result of he isn’t only a particular person with superpowers. He turns right into a full gargoyle-looking, flying lion. However it was by no means achieved.
Simmons: Initially after they paired Mack and Yo-Yo collectively, I believed they had been going to make my character Stonewall, who was a part of the Secret Avengers… I’m glad they did not give me a superpower. I like the truth that I am a traditional man in these uncommon conditions the place you do not know if you are going to win.
Wen: I did not get to hang around with Thor. I imply because the character.
On the significance of household and saying goodbye:
Bennet: It’s a uncommon alternative… to expertise such a spectrum of feelings with individuals who in the end aren’t your loved ones. And it is why we name ourselves household now, as a result of we have all personally and professionally and onscreen and offscreen lived a lot life. The big selection of conversations that Clark and I’ve had as pals for the previous seven years, as him being a mentor to me… you possibly can’t actually put that into phrases. You do not get that with out time, and with out time spent collectively. Now we have our households after which we have now the S.H.I.E.L.D. household and that is what’s so particular.
Simmons: When all is claimed and achieved, we’re not going to recollect storylines. What we’ll keep in mind are the relationships… these are the issues which are going to be in our hearts and that we will carry ahead.
Cordova-Buckley: We would not even keep in mind our character’s final identify sooner or later in our life. However I’ll all the time keep in mind what it felt prefer to drive onto that set and see everybody coming out and in, and simply realizing that you simply’re about to do what you like with folks you respect and admire and be taught from, who’re pals and academics and mentors, after which leaving set whenever you’re bruised and overwhelmed up after doing a battle scene with Ming. All these emotions will perpetually be part of my coronary heart and the girl that I’m.
Bennet: I feel the goodbye was very typical S.H.I.E.L.D. style, which is like, it is goodbye, nevertheless it’s not. It is goodbye, however we’re all going to nonetheless speak and whenever you see us speaking and… I feel I’ve combined feelings about how a lot we captured that, actually. I feel I am unable to actually have a look at it with out being a little bit biased in that I needed a little bit bit extra of a goodbye with every character on display. We had a variety of time loop stuff to determine. So it is goodbye, nevertheless it is not. Type of.