Jeph Loeb moderated the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel at WonderCon 2018. It celebrated the 100 episode mark for the show with a great sizzle reel of past seasons. Almost all the cast were on hand for fans, except Clark Gregg who was in Washington DC. He eventually was able to FaceTime with Chloe Bennet to say hello to everyone.
Bennet was joined by Ming-Na Wen, Jeff Ward, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, and Natalia Cordova-Buckley. Also joining was Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeff Bell from the creative side of the show.
As Jeph introduced the beginning of the panel, Jeff Ward who plays Deke on the show came wandering out in a naive manner. Chloe Bennet quickly grabbed him and had him return backstage in a whole comedic routine. It was clear this would be a fun panel just from that.
The cast seems very close to one another and easily would tell stories of each other in making the episodes. Jeff Ward was the brunt of a lot of jokes because of being the new guy.
Almost the entire panel was a question and answer session with fans. A lot was asked on favorite or funny moments in filming. One involved a fart. Another involved Henstridge and De Caestecker having to put on a very tight and revealing suit each, but Henstridge finding it funny for De Caestecker.
A question asked about the role of Zima for Deke in the newest season was why that drink for him. The answer is that they realized beer would not taste as good to someone who idolized it in the future but never tasted it. The next best drink would be Zima.
A bit of an interesting reveal from Whedon was in reference to the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. He was saying how a movie like Guardians of the Galaxy was able to introduce space to the show, and Dr. Strange introduced magic which gave way to Ghost Rider. With Infinity War he’s looking forward to what that will introduce to the show. But, nothing more was said about that.
In all this was one of the most fun panels I’ve attended. The cast seems like best friends, and are able to joke with each other. And they could joke with the audience and play off of what is being said. Though not too revealing of what’s to come in much of the panel, a preview of the end of next week’s episode was shown. And with it was the end of a very entertaining Marvel show panel!