Graviton is here to save you all -- or so he'd like you to believe. In the last episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Glenn Talbot entered the particle infusion chamber and walked out a superhuman. Now that his cells have been bonded with gravitonium, he has a slew of gravity-based powers, but those abilities come with a price. Those that bonded with gravitonium before him were driven mad by the personalities of Franklin Hall and Ian Quinn, both of whom still exist inside the temperamental element. It's yet to be seen whether Talbot will suffer that same fate, but actor Adrian Pasdar promises that the process certainly "changes" his character.
Speaking with CBR, Pasdar discussed Talbot's mindset as he heads off to face the Confederacy, his big reunion with General Hale and why we should expect some "pretty fantastic spins" in the next few episodes. He also recalled when the writers filled him in on the big Graviton twist, what it was like to wear his first superhero costume and more.
CBR: You've played quite a few superhero roles over the years. You've been Nathan Petrelli and Morgan Edge, and you've voiced Iron Man, Hawkeye and Ultron. What separates Graviton from all the rest?
Adrian Pasdar: Well, I mean, a lot of times -- when it's voice over or a voice over character -- it's a different situation altogether. You're relying on the animators to create the physicality of it, and this one was just being created as we went along by the writers. The costume folks had a lot to do with it, obviously. It's been a journey that is a little more organic, although it does stem from a real kind of... You know, I guess it's just one of those things where you feel like you're a little bit more in control of the overall when you're doing live-action stuff than doing voices.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this is the first time you've gotten to wear an honest to God superhero costume, cape and all. What was that experience like for you?
Well, in my day-to-day real life, I wear one all the time, you see. I'm kidding! I have a fond appreciation for the costume people. It's a lot of work from a lot of different facets of the costume department. You know, there's some of these different people that are involved that I don't even see, that are involved in making the thing happen, with the different fittings and the operations and adjustments and things like that. So it's quite a process! And by the time you get done, you're really inside the process. It's not like somebody just presents you with a suit and says, "Put this on!" It's kind of like you were there from the beginning, so you got to watch it grow, which is a fun part of it.
When did the writers clue you in on the big Graviton twist?
Oh, from the beginning. I mean, from the beginning of this season, from the end of last year.
What was your gut reaction to reading the script for next week's episode?
Gosh, that's a hard question. It's one I wish I had a really good answer to. When you know that it's coming, and you're talking to everybody about the development of it, and things that precede this script are important, so you learn a little bit of information about things in advance and down the road before they do. It's a much more gradual process. It isn't just like you get the script and then you're like, "Oh, I do this!" You're kind of filtered in. You know what's going on. But obviously, having said all that, it was really exciting to read how it all comes together in the final draft of the script.
Can you tease your favorite moment or scene from the episode?
Well, that'd be like choosing a favorite breath. You know, all of the cast members are so great. I always love my stuff with Clark [Gregg]. It's always rewarding. It's so bickering and embattled from its genesis that it seems fraught with despair from the beginning, but we always find a way out of it or at least a temporary reprieve from our argument. It's very fun to work with Clark. It's always very rewarding. But it is with every cast member as well. I think one of the best things that happened for the -- well, I can't talk about it. Sorry! I have a sheet here in front of me that I says what I can talk about and can't talk about, and that's on the list of things I can't talk about it.
Talbot and Coulson have more or less stayed on equal footing throughout their rather contentious relationship. How do Talbot's new powers impact that dynamic?
I'm just checking the sheet... Can't talk about it! Sorry! If it was anybody but Marvel... They have a team surrounding my house right now. One false move, and you'll never hear from me again.