Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Elizabeth Henstridge Talks The 'Hopeful' Ending, Revisiting S.H.I.E.L.D. And More
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came to an end after seven intense seasons earlier this year, and the series finale fortunately delivered an ending that was pretty uplifting. Elizabeth Henstridge's Jemma Simmons got a particularly satisfying conclusion with a happily-ever-after that seemingly broke the FitzSimmons "curse." The end of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the very first live-action Marvel TV show marked the end of an era, and Henstridge spoke with CinemaBlend about how the series wrapped, revisiting S.H.I.E.L.D., and her charity work with Smile Train alongside fiancé Zach Abel.
Elizabeth Henstridge shared the importance of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. delivering the kind of ending that it did in 2020, saying:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans can undoubtedly agree that ending with the Season 5 finale would have been pretty morose! After all, the episode had delivered a big death and some bad news, whereas the series finale at the close of Season 7 left all the major characters alive. As Elizabeth Henstridge noted, Coulson was still facing questions due to his status as an LMD, but who couldn't love Fitz and Simmons getting to retire with their daughter? Talk about a hopeful ending!
Of course, one key difference between the fifth season leading to "The End" and the seventh season actually ending the series is that the S.H.I.E.L.D. team was able to go into Season 7 knowing that it was the last. The future was still uncertain at the end of Season 5, with no guarantee of even a Season 6. Elizabeth Henstridge shared the perks of knowing that Season 7 would be the end beforehand:
While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did conclude with some open endings for a lot of the characters, there were no huge and painful cliffhangers for fans to bemoan, and there is always the chance for pretty much every character except for Deke to turn back up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Whether that could be live-action, animation, or on the pages of comics, the possibilities are endless.
As fans know, however, Elizabeth Henstridge has been revisiting the earlier days of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with YouTube watchalongs, inviting viewers along on a blast to the past. Those live videos have not only delivered some new and fun S.H.I.E.L.D. content, but also opened Henstridge up to live video online, which will soon come in handy with a virtual event for the Smile Train charity. She explained why she started doing live videos in the first place:
Revisiting S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't just been about checking out the Season 1 costumes, flashing back to Brett Dalton's pre-evil days as Ward, and remembering the MCU before Captain America: The Winter Soldier shook everything up. Her watchalongs have also been very popular, with the series finale accumulating 104k views, the pilot rewatch up to 33k views, and the Episode 5 rewatch already over 9k.
Who knows how well Episode 6 (which both Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker described as "a turning point" for FitzSimmons and S.H.I.E.L.D.) will do? Henstridge reacted to the success of her YouTube videos, which often feature fiancé Zach Abel as well, and shared some of the joy of working with Smile Train on the mission to help children with cleft lip and palate receive the treatment they need. She said:
Elizabeth Henstridge along with Zach Abel will host the pre-show for the upcoming World Smile Day Live: A Virtual Celebration with the goal of raising awareness and funds for Smile Train... all from Abel's parents' basement! The event, which is open to registration here, will be hosted by Ciara and feature appearances from celebrities like Gabrielle Union-Wade, Kevin Smith, Christie Brinkley and more. The couple teased what's in store with the event:
The World Smile Day Live virtual fundraiser kicks off with Elizabeth Henstridge and Zach Abel's pre-show on Friday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET, with the main event hosted by Ciara beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Be sure to register now to support Smile Train. As for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you too can revisit the early days of the show with the first six seasons streaming on Netflix now.
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