At San Diego Comic Con 2015, Marvel television was on a quest to capture the hearts of fans everywhere. They succeeded. After rocking their Ballroom 20 panel on Friday, Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, Hayley Atwell, and James D’Arcy showed up on Sunday for their Nerd HQ Conversation for a Cause.
A good ten minutes of the Conversation was spent trading jabs about the now ended Dubsmash War, which Clark and Chloe instigated and then maybe won, though Hayley and James are adamant that the contest isn’t over. James in particular provided some great behind the scenes tidbits about listening to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast rehearsing their “We Are the Champions” video and watching in glee as Clark and Chloe battled a poor Internet connection when trying to upload it.
Team Carter did win by calling in the Star Spangled Man With A Plan himself, Chris Evans.
They also spoke about the innate difficulty and trepidation of working with special effects such as Clark Gregg firing the alien powered gun from the Avengers.
“I’m standing there in this theater and two in the morning [pretending to fire the gun] and going, ‘Come on Kolpack baby, come on! Hook me up later!’” Gregg said, referring to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Visual Effects Coordinator Mark Kolpack.
Chloe had an even tougher job trying to determine what motion would “looks less dumb” for when Skye is supposed to be using her quake powers.
Similarly, she had to act out the incredibly climatic moment in the midseason finale “What They Become” where Skye bursts out of her rock shell with none of her costars around. Instead she looked at pieces of tape representing Trip (BJ Britt) and Raina (Ruth Negga), had to cry, and then use her quake powers for the first time all in 15 seconds. Barely managing to speak through her laughter, moderator Aisha Tyler explained these stories are funny to fans, but even funnier to actors because they have to do those kinds of scenes all the time.
On a more serious note, the four stars paid homage to the fans who inspire them like a woman in the Middle East who when asking for an autograph requested Hayley to sign that “women can be heroes too.” Speaking about the popular Skimmons (Skye and Simmons) and Cartinelli (Peggy Carter and Angie) ships, the actresses said it never occurred to them not to support fans’ interest in seeing these relationships develop. Chloe did adorably comment that part of her devotion to the Skimmons ship is related her to “obsession” with costar Elizabeth Henstridge.
The Conversation highlighted how well the partners from both shows get along with one another as well as their fellow actors from their sister show. While most Marvel TV fans have come to know Clark, Chloe, and Hayley pretty well from various interviews and show promos, James D’Arcy was something a (very handsome) revelation.
All around Comic Con and Nerd HQ fans were talking about the funny, smart, and lovely Mr. Jarvis. He’s clearly learned from the best when it comes to catering to the fans too as the above picture indicates.
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