Now that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC has officially come to an end this year, fans are getting the next best thing — a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of props that contributed to the Marvel show’s universe!
This year’s virtual NYCC 2020 featured a review of some of the amazing gear and gadgets the series had on the show over the last seven seasons. Warning: major Marvel nerd overload is happening below.
Chuck Costas, Business Development Vice President of Prop Store, introduced Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Property Master Scott Bauer, who took viewers on a journey of specially chosen props to feature during this NYCC 2020 segment. “I’m basically a kid given a budget, and I get to spend that budget and make the coolest toys,” says Bauer.
Bauer goes on to explain how props play a key part in defining the moments that make a storyline and the characters come to life. For instance, every time the agents were in a different world or held a sci-fi prop, one of the details they focused on was making the color of the lights in gadgets blue to define where the story was taking place at the time.
He admitted that the fourth season is his favorite, due to the historic Marvel book that played a huge role throughout not only Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but the entire Marvel universe. Bauer gushes: “ … getting to create the Darkhold book and watching that prop live and evolve and change throughout the season was very creative, very hard. I’m really proud of what my team and I put into that.”
Bauer busted out the Night Night Rifle from Season One, which was actually the first prop he designed when he was hired onto the show. Fun behind-the-scenes fact: the original color was silver and blue, until matte black and carbon fiber became the final color for the device.
Season Two, we get to see the Karla Finger Inhibitors that were designed to keep the Inhuman Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) from harming anyone with her powers. The ax used to cut off Phil Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) hand after he touched the Terrigen crystal is another prop where Bauer said visual effects played a part in the design. From Season Three, Bauer shows us Coulson’s infamous “robo-hand” and newspaper articles about “Quake” (Bennett), which included the writers and their assistants being involved in creating copy for the paper.
From Season Four, we’re shown just how much the actors are put through when they have to squeeze into the Inhuman Husk that’s created for them. Season Five, we learn that the Kree battle ax is really made out of rubber so that it’s safer for the actors. We also get to see YoYo’s (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) gloves/gauntlet to make up her new robot hands, as well as Deke Shaw’s (Jeff Ward) space helmet that lights up when you turn it on and off. From Season Six, Sarge’s blaster and “alien bomb” are brought out, along with Mack’s (Henry Simmons) shotgun ax and the Chronicom face stealer from Season Seven.
The best part is that super fans have the opportunity to own their favorite items from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. November 10, when the Marvel Television Live Auction will take place! Over 500 lots will be available to bid on over the phone, online or placed as absentee bids. For more information on how you can get your hands on these awesome Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. items, register to enter a prize giveaway, and buy a physical catalog of everything that’s available, visit the Prop Store.