Ming-Na Wen, who plays Agent Melinda May in the ABC series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” happily waves the self-proclaimed nerd flag. When she tweeted about playing a Rubik’s Cube on her free time, it wasn’t just a front – when we caught up with her for an interview recently, she really was working the classic puzzle in her hands.
It’s fitting that she does so, as her name “Ming-Na” literally translates to “enlightenment.” So does this kind of self-proclaimed nerdiness help her play a character so crucial to the Marvel Universe? It’s not essential, Wen told us, but it sure helps – and she loves that the show’s devoted fans catch and discuss every little detail.
“It’s more part of the family, to have the fans realize I am as much a part of them as I am on the other side of the camera,” Wen said. “It’s an incredible sandbox to play in.”
Tonight, the second half of season two premieres on ABC, at 9 p.m. ET. And that sandbox is about to get a whole lot more interesting. Wen tells us this crop of episodes will feature stories that fans will likely love to dissect; expect long plot lines on Agent May’s background, on Coulson, and even on the Inhumans.
Check out what she had to say about stepping into the Marvel Universe as a woman and giving it its proper due.