With Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Season 1 finale, "Beginning of the End" airing on Tuesday, May 13 at 8 PM ET, Marvel has commissioned Phantom City Creative to design a poster for this season's final episode. The artwork is reminiscent of the first poster that introduced us to the team, although now we see the nefarious Hydra logo breaking through as S.H.I.E.L.D. comes crumbling down. The artwork will be on sale tomorrow, starting at 1 AM PST at MarvelStore.com. Take a look at this artistic poster, then read on for more details on the finale from executive producer Jeffrey Bell.
A lot has changed with this team since the season first debuted in September, with Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) now revealed as an agent of Hydra, which lead to his position on the poster being shifted slightly, according to Jeffrey Bell.
"And we moved him a little bit to one side. He's a little farther away. But he reeks of Hydra. Look at that red, he's got Hydra all over him."
You'll notice that May (Ming-Na Wen), Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) are on one side of Coulson (Clark Gregg), with Ward and Skye (Chloe Bennet) on the other side. When asked if this reflects each side's loyalty to Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D., the executive producer had this to say.
"That's what I love about art, you can interpret things so many ways. But I would say yes, and yes, and yes. But that's the beauty of it! [laughs] When people watch things, especially in this universe, they're always digging so much further into it than we had anticipated. Like, 'did you see what his fingers are doing? That's clearly a sign that in episode 27, this is gonna happen!' Okay, yes it is! So we plan a lot of details and we try to put a lot of Easter eggs in, but it's amazing what people find that we didn't know we put there. But I think everything you said about this is true."
The poster teases that there has been irreparable damage done to the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, but when asked if the agency can bounce back, Jeffrey Bell had this to say.
"We talk about that in the last episode. As of right now, S.H.I.E.L.D. is in disarray - if not fallen - and we have people who don't really care who are determined to bring certain other characters to justice no matter what. And through episodes 21 and 22, I think you'll see that we address the very question you ask and, we believe, set a compass for what season two will be once they tell us we officially have a season two. Because we are called Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it would be Marvel's Agents of Something, Marvel's Agents of Stay Tuned And Find Out, Marvel's Agents of Hydra...there's so many different ways, but we are called Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so whether it's official or not, that's the fun: us trying to figure out what this looks like now. One of the beauties now of S.H.I.E.L.D. sort of crumbling is that it's always weird to write a giant omnipotent organization that snoops on your phone calls and has infinite knowledge of everything, and go "but we're the good guys!" You know? It's tricky sometimes to make you feel like "Yay! They're listening in!" And so now we truly are underdogs. Now we really are on our own and have to use limited resources, and have to find other ways to stop the bad guys. And for us as storytellers, that's really exciting."
When asked if it was the producers' goals to leave fans "kicking and screaming" at the end of every episode, the executive producer had this to say.
"That was the goal! To me, a recipe for a good season finale is it answers most of the big questions and lays some new ones for you to look forward to when it comes back. And whether it's a cliffhanger or there's just introduction of a new character, or whether there's a twist on someone you didn't see coming, you go "oh, I wanna see what that is! What does that mean?" And so ideally we have answered the big questions that people are curious about in satisfactory ways, and we will lay the groundwork for our "wished for" season two."