Send in the Cavalry: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Ming-Na Wen expects veteran super-spy Agent Melinda May to resurface elsewhere in the Marvel universe “somewhere down the line” after wrapping the seventh and closing season of the ABC sequence.
“It’s been bittersweet, of course. We have such an incredible family over there, and when we did our last scene — which I can’t talk about, of course — there was a definite sense of finality about it,” Wen stated at the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention over the weekend. “And but we all the time really feel like with Marvel characters, we by no means actually go away. So I’m certain someplace down the line there will likely be some kind of incarnation the place I’ve to carry Agent May again.”
Asked what she’s going to overlook most about the present she’s been with since 2013, Wen answered, “Everything.”
“You know, when you’re together with someone in the trenches 12 to 17 hours days and you’re doing all kinds of stuff for seven years, you really get to know each other. Everything,” Wen added. “I’m certainly gonna miss the free food [laughs]. But yeah, I’m gonna miss everything about it, and mostly I’m gonna miss playing Agent May.”
Agent May is “just such a kick-butt character,” Wen stated later. “But damn, that girl needs to have a little fun.”
Executive producers Jeph Loeb and Jeff Bell beforehand informed ComicGuide.com the sequence finale is each “bittersweet” and “heartbreaking.”
“We hope to stick the landing here and I think we have done a pretty good job of having satisfying endings in the other seasons,” Bell stated throughout San Diego Comic-Con in July. Added Loeb, the Season 7 finale is the “very definition of bittersweet.”
“It is, you know, on the bitter side because it’s just a wonderful job that we’ve had for seven years with this family of people,” Loeb stated. “Then there is the sweet part which is that we are going to end it on our terms. The last two scripts, in particular, are… you know, if you’ve got a heart, you will hear it breaking.”
Being in a position to plan for and work in the direction of an ending level gave the sequence a chance to succeed in that sense of finality teased by Wen.
“When you know that’s what you’re doing, you can take greater risks, of life and death,” Loeb stated. “Those kinds of decisions suddenly now are real on the table because you’re not playing how do we undo this when we get to the next season. You’re playing that this is going to be the end of the story.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC for its seventh season in mid-2020.