The final poster in the Art of Level Seven series has been released and it’s a doozy. The Hydra symbol boldly crashes through the shattered S.H.I.E.L.D. logo as our fractured team stands at the bottom. Entertainment Weekly chatted with Executive Producer Jeff Bell about the special artwork and what in means in relation to our upcoming season finale.
Since this is the final piece of art in this series, it obviously hints a little bit about what we can expect in the finale. We know Hydra is in S.H.I.E.L.D., that Ward is bad, and that the team is trying to take Garrett down…but really, is there any way that S.H.I.E.L.D. can bounce back?
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.
So maybe we should assume that the shattered S.H.I.E.L.D. logo basically means things are irreparable.
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.
How is everything going to come together next week? Based on past episodes, I assume it’s going to leave us screaming and cursing, right?
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.
This final Art of Level Seven print designed by artist studio Phantom City Creative will be available at 1 am PST tonight exclusively through Marvel’s online store. With only a 100 of these being printed be sure to snatch yours up fast!
The 1st and 3rd designs are already sold out.