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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Art of Evolution teases Inhuman secrets -- exclusive

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Ever since Skye’s mother, Jiaying (Dichen Lachman), returned not just alive but also as leader of the Inhumans, she’s been shrouded in mystery. Next week’s episode—the last before Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s two-hour season finale—finds Skye’s worlds colliding for the first time as S.H.I.E.L.D. meets the Inhumans. As you might guess, Jiaying plays a major role in bridging that connection.

The artist behind the work for “Scars” is the talented Marguerite Sauvage, a Montreal based illustrator who is well known for both her mainstream fashion illos and her work on DC’s Sensation Comic series, Wonder Woman. She’s also provided covers for popular books such as Ms. Marvel, Wicked and the Divine, Daredevil, All-New Thor, as well as the monthly romance comic Fresh Romance, the kickstarter brainchild of former ComicsAlliance editor Janelle Asselin.

Below, executive producer Jeff Bell teases what we can expect from the episode as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. prepares to wind down its season…in the wake of the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I feel like this art shows us Jiaying being very exposed—the marks, the off the shoulder dressing. It fits with her character, since she’s been opening herself up more to Skye and Cal over the past few episodes.

JEFF BELL: It’s a little different this time. There’s an art nuevo illustrator/painter—Alphosne Mucha—that I think of, and this poster really plays into that aesthetic. And I think for the Inhumans world, it really captures it. It’s a more nature-organic, away-from-everybody-else kind of feel. I wish we could’ve shown all those scars over Jiaying the way Marguerite did because I think it’s super cool. And Skye’s little pouty face there. [laughs] It’s a very different palate, it’s a much more muted palate with browns and greens.

And position-wise, I love how the image of Skye is placed over her stomach. It gives off a very maternal connection, because no matter what Skye wants, this is who she is. She can’t escape her destiny.

Here’s something else that I find interesting: I think some of the posters are going to appeal to more men than women, and some to more women then men. And at Marvel, which has been traditionally such a dude company, one of the things we really pride ourselves on at Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is that we have all these strong women characters and the diversity of those characters. We’ve have lots of strong women on these posters this year, with Sif and May and Jiaying and Bobbi…and I like seeing all that. And I just feel, aesthetically, certain ones feel more comic book and certain ones feel more illustrative. And I think there’s a little something for everybody.

This episode opens up the Inhuman world a little bit. Are we going to learn more about Jiaying in terms of how she came to rule Afterlife? Or is that left to the imagination?

I think you’re going to understand her take on it, and why she moved to the middle of nowhere, and why she wants to be left alone, and why she’s willing to go the lengths she goes to in order to protect her people. I think a lot of that comes out.

So is it safe to say we’re building toward Skye making a very conflicted decision about her life as an Inhuman or a S.H.I.E.L.D agent?

It sure feels like it, doesn’t it? It feels like her two worlds are really coming together, and usually that doesn’t bode well for one of them. [laughs]

Well, that’s ominous!

Well, we’re really building towards the last episodes of the season, and I think we’re really building momentum. Episode 19 ended with Coulson saying “take me to your leader” and went straight into putting the team back together at end of 20. So now we’ve kind of got S.H.I.E.L.D. and S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.0 together. I don’t want to overstate that, but we’ve got Hydra coming together, we’ve got the Inhumans coming together, and hopefully it gets tied up in a big explosive finale.

In last week’s episode, we saw the team come together for the first time in awhile, but we also saw how much they’ve changed. With this episode tying into the fallout from the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, how does that figure into the journey our characters are taking?

Our stories have to stand on their own. We’re not getting blown up like we were last year with Hydra and Captain America, but some elements or some things from the movie do affect some of the relationships in our episodes moving forward, in an interesting and constructive manner.

“Scars” airs Tuesday, May 5 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Be sure to check EW to see the exclusive reveal of next week’s art for episode 21, “S.O.S.”, part one of the two-hour series finale. The art for “Scars” will go on sale on Friday, May 1 at www.marvelshop.com/agentsofshield as a $49.99 print (limited to 100 copies) at 12:30 a.m. PT.

More coverage from EW on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Evolution:

 

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