As we finally get to see S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Hub, we are introduced to Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows), and even get to see Jasper Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernández) from the Marvel shorts again, but more importantly, we get to see how Coulson’s team fits into the mix of S.H.I.E.L.D as a whole. As Agent Fitz and Agent Ward a drafted into a Clearance Level 8 mission, to destroy some sort of… thing, the rest of the team is left in the darkness of secrecy that surrounds S.H.I.E.L.D. (more…)
In the upcoming sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the cast is packed with many familiar faces from previous Marvel movies: Scarlett Johannson (Black Widow), Colbie Smulders (Maria Hill) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) being three. But who else might show up?
How about the Congressional scourge of Tony Stark’s life, Senator Stern? After giving Stark and Rhodey honors at the end of Iron Man 2, we haven’t heard much of Stern, who’s played by Garry Shandling, but it looks like he’s up for a reprise in The Winter Solider. Here’s a set pic from a Tumblr user called Gundamdick, who snapped this image from the Washington D.C. set of The Winter Soldier:
And who’s that Stern is hugging warmly? None other than S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jasper Sitwell (Thor, The Avengers, Item 47) played by Maximiliano Hernández. But why are Stern and Sitwell so chummy, and what does any of this have to do with The Winter Soldier‘s plot? Stay tuned for more information as it leaks.
Source: Screen Rant
Marvel has successfully used short films to build continuity bridges between the different Marvel character franchise movies, linking Ironman, Thor, Captain America, and Hulk into one cohesive universe which culminated in The Avengers movie. These short films focused on and fleshed out the Agent Coulson character played by Clark Gregg, building his (rabid) fan base and establishing his important part in The Avengers on screen mythos.
The heir apparent to the short film focus is now Agent Jasper Sitwell played by actor Maximiliano Hernandez. Agent Sitwell will have some big shoes to fill in the after effects of The Avengers as he steps into fill the gap left by Agent Coulson’s passing. Item 47, which will be included in The Avengers Blue-ray/DVD release on September 25th, will be the first short film giving Agent Sitwell his chance to shine.
WhatCulture! had the chance to sit down with Maximiliano Hernandez and talk about the Agent Sitwell role in Item 47 and the future of the Sitwell character.
Hernandez describes Agent Sitwell:
“I play Agent Jasper Sitwell who in the comics was basically trained directly by Nick Fury. He’s a real comic book hero character created in the mid 60’s by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby; so it was kind of cool to play a character that really lives in the Marvel universe.”
“You know, he’s been around for 40-some-odd years and they gave me the shot to play his part, to sort of like, reinterpret the guy. And in the film world I’m paired up with Clarke Gregg’s character – Agent Coulson – I’m kind of like, his protégé. I guess now, because of what happened in Avengers, I’m stepping up to fill his shoes.”
“Yeah, we’re trying to assist the Superheroes. Which is nice; I like the idea that we’re sort of like the support team. You know like, we have no superpowers but we know as much about what’s going on and maybe sometimes a lot more than the Superheroes.”
On the topic of seeing Agent Sitwell in The Avengers 2:
“You know what, you very well could. Marvel is very good at keeping secrets, as you would imagine [laughs]. Well, they’re kind of good at it, ‘cause sometimes the odd detail leaks out. Like you’ll find something out online and you’ll be like “how the hell do people know that”. But they’re usually really good.”
“Like, I don’t know at all. I literally find out maybe like a month before I’m going to do something for them. I’ll get a phone call from Marvel and they’re like “hey, suit up, we’re sending you into battle”. But I’m pretty optimistic that, you know, I’m gonna get that phone call late in the year and it’s gonna be like “hey, get ready”. So… I’m excited.”
Let’s not forget the new ABC series S.H.I.E.L.D. under pre-production. There’s a better than average chance that Agent Sitwell will make some appearances on the show.
What do you think? Agent Sitwell can never replace Agent Coulson in our hearts but perhaps he can carry Agent Coulson’s legacy forward into the future.
The Avengers DVD/Blu-ray box set short film “Item 47” has a new clip out on the Internet. Starring Lizzy Caplan (Party Down) and Jesse Bradford (Flags of Our Fathers) as some wanna-be bank robbers that found an alien gun left in the rubble after the big Avengers fight.
The clip gives us some back and forth between the two as they prepare to rob a bank. A team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are assigned to track them down, with Titus Welliver (Lost) and Maximiliano Hernández (Thor) in pursuit to recover the lost alien blaster.
Check out the movie poster created for the short and the clip below: