Every year the Seattle International Film Festival welcomes films from around the world and the actors and directors supporting their independent productions.
Two festivals in row now brought multiple stars from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe aligning on the Red Carpet in the Emerald City. Here is the case of S.I.F.F. and S.H.I.E.L.D. declassified:
- ABC gave the green light to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series in Spring of 2013 just before main star Clark Gregg walked the red carpet at the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival. Gregg was joined at that red carpet by The Avengers director Joss Whedon, as well as Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof for the opening night screening of Much Ado About Nothing.
- Acker would go on to guest star on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Coulson’s lost love referred to in The Avengers.
- Later during the 2013 festival, Washington native Kyle MacLachlan was honored with a SIFF lifetime achievement and greeted fans before a screening of the pilot episode of Twin Peaks, filmed and set in Washington.
- Today it was announced MacLachlan will join the cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next season as “The Doctor”.
But wait there’s more….
- Earlier this year, Marvel fans learned ABC picked up an Agent Carter series starring Hayley Atwell, reprising her role from the Captain America films. The series will explore the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D. through the career of the fan favorite character, Peggy Carter.
- A couple months later - you guessed it - Atwell walked the red carpet at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival for the opening night film Jimi: All Is By My Side, in which she played the muse of Seattle native and rock legend Jimi Hendrix.
- Clark Gregg returned to SIFF 2014 to screen Trust Me, a film he wrote and directed which included Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2).
- Now to get even more geeky about SIFF 2014, Chiwetel Ejiofor was honored for his acting career and the festival screened Half of a Yellow Sun.
- Ejiofor played the villain in that sci-fi film based on the beloved series, Firefly, by The Avengers director Joss Whedon. Ejiofor has not joined the Marvel universe yet, but his role in the Whedonverse is good enough for Seattle geeks.
You heard it here first - the mysterious connetion between SIFF and SHIELD! We can't wait to see who walks the 2015 SIFF Red Carpet, as that will surely be a sign that their Marvel career is about to take off.