last night as I was getting ready for bed, I was hit with the most awesome epic crossover idea:
What if: Veronica Mars, Agent of SHIELD.
What if the reason she comes back to Neptune is not law school/Piz/whatever in the movie, but that SHIELD is exposed as HYDRA? And Veronica is furious and betrayed! For once she thought she was serving something that, while not an unalloyed good, was more good than bad, but no, once again, she discovers that the powerful are always looking for ways to grind the powerless down under their heels.
So she goes back to Neptune and puts all those SHIELD-trained fighting skills and Neptune-honed investigative skills towards being a PI, but also on the side with sifting through the leaked SHIELD files and tracking down HYDRA.
And what if the rumor of a tiny blonde ball of righteous fury reaches the Winter Soldier, who is absolutely confused and bewildered when he meets Veronica because 1. not his tiny blond ball of fury (whom he now remembers is a large blond ball of righteous fury), and 2. what the fuck, how is this sleepy beach town a HYDRA cell?
And then three, just for shits and giggles, what if 3. Keith Mars comes home and discovers that American icon Bucky Barnes is 1a. the Winter Soldier, and 2a. sitting in his kitchen plotting glorious revenge with his daughter?
Feige also explained that Captain America will attempt to save his friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) from turning into dangerous Winter Soldier. There will be reportedly some people in the film who will tell Evans’ character that he has to let go of Barnes since when the latter turns into Winter Soldier, he becomes the deadliest assassin.
What I really want to see is Steve and the Avengers in the middle of a big fight and Steve gets injured but the rest of the team is too preoccupied to help. Then Bucky appears out of nowhere, puts Steve over his shoulders, and walks away with him without anyone noticing
Once Upon a Time: Colin O'Donoghue Weighs In on Dark Hook's 'Maniacal' Mission, Playing a 'Polarizing' Pirate
Once Upon a Time‘s newly minted Dark One is on a mission — and he’s enlisted a boatload of shady friends to help him.
Infused with the Darkness against his will, as the result of Emma’s
desperate bid to save his life, Captain Hook is none too happy, save for
relishing the savory prospect of using his new powers to avenge
long-ago love Milah once and for all, by vanquishing Rumplestiltskin. To
that end, after having lost Round 2 to the “Crocodile,” Hook tapped
into a Storybrooke portal allowing access to the Underworld, whence came
Nimue and alllll the Dark Ones in between.
With Season 5’s fall finale unfurling this Sunday (ABC, 8/7c), TVLine spoke with Colin O’Donoghue about Hook’s walk on this very dark side, his plan to destroy the world and the “good thing” about playing a polarizing pirate.
TVLINE | How far in advance of the Dark Hook reveal did you learn it was coming?
It was probably two or three weeks, if I recall, when [series creators]
Eddy [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz] said, “This is what’s going to
happen….” I was delighted to be able to explore that side of Hook again,
as a dark, villainous character — only this time he’s amplified by a
thousand, you know?
TVLINE | What went into
developing the Dark Hook persona? Did you bounce any ideas off of Jen
[Morrison], who’s been doing things a bit differently as Dark Emma?
I obviously spoke to Eddy and Adam about how they saw Dark Hook being.
They were like, “We want him to be like the older Hook,” who had already
embraced darkness — not the Darkness, but darkness — so I took
that and ran with it and wanted him to basically be maniacal. He’s sort
of an unstoppable force who has no empathy or feeling for anybody
except himself. That was the starting point, and then playing off that
you sort of have fun and enjoy it.
TVLINE | I was going to
say, it definitely looks like you’re having a ball, especially in that
scene with Bobby Carlyle — “Get your affairs in order, Dearie!”
I read that line and I thought that’s actually one of the first things
Rumple as the Dark One says to Hook — “Get your affairs in order,” or
something. But whatever way he delivered it, I thought it would be a
fantastic way of jabbing a non-Dark One Rumplestiltskin, by pretending
to be him. And it was fun, it was fun.
TVLINE | I know this was touched on on the show, but why in your mind is Dark Hook different from Dark Emma?
Dark Hook is different because he’d already tasted darkness, he’d
already given in to a part of it, whereas Emma was coming from the place
of being the Savior and essentially always saving the day. That’s why
she as a Dark One — and I’m not wanting to speak for Jen — comes from a
place of struggling against the Darkness, at the start.
TVLINE | Emma’s trying to keep her ish together whereas Hook is more susceptible.
Yes, yes. You saw that when she had Rumple in her head in Camelot — she
really was trying to fight it, whereas Hook tried to fight it for all of
two seconds until [Rumple’s apparition] says, “I can help you get your
revenge on me.” And because Hook has already lived with that
for hundreds of years, the Darkness had him. Hook says that just before
Emma turns him into the Dark One: “Let me die. I don’t have the
willpower to fight this and I don’t want to become the one thing that I
TVLINE | Is there any talking sense into him? Will Emma continue to try?
It’s difficult. Because he has embraced the Darkness — not intentionally
but because that’s who he is now — he has one overriding mission and
that is to kill Rumplestiltskin, and he is willing to let the Darkness
use him as a pawn and bring back all the other Dark Ones to do that, if
it means he can send Rumple to the Underworld — and whoever else
he’s willing to sacrifice. Much in the way that the Rumple character,
when he was the Dark One, was willing to sacrifice all the people he
loved to get whatever he wanted for himself.
TVLINE | To be clear:
Hook’s end game is to get revenge on Rumple one way or another, be it
death or banishment to the Underworld. But the Dark Ones that just
arrived on the boat, their end game is to “snuff out the light”?
That’s part of Hook’s end game too, because he is the Darkness,
they all exist as one in whoever is the conduit. When we see Nimue
talking to Merlin in the last episode, she appears to Merlin but she’s
still a part of Hook. Now, bringing [the Dark Ones] back from the
Underworld, they exist as separate entities but their overriding mission
is to snuff out the light. Hook is willing to do that as well — and if
he gets his revenge, that’s an added bonus!
TVLINE | So, we’re getting some flashbacks in Sunday’s midseason finale?
We are. You get to see a bit of Hook’s relationship with his father (played by EastEnders‘
Adam Croasdell), which I was really excited to explore. That time was a
huge part of what made Killian Jones become who he was.
TVLINE | Those flashbacks are with a kid, though, right? Not you?
There is some with a kid (played by Salem‘s Oliver Bell), but
you also get to see a little bit of older Killian Jones, played by me,
interacting with “Papa Hook,” as the fans are calling him.
Besides Emma and Rumple, is Dark Hook going to get in anyone’s else’s
face? Does he have words with Emma’s father David, perhaps..?
I mean, he kind of gets in everybody’s face a little bit! [Laughs] Eventually he’s trying to destroy the world, so….
TVLINE | Is it safe to say things will get worse for him and Emma before they get any better?
You’ll have to wait and see. You might get an answer to that on Sunday.
TVLINE | We just took stock of TV’s Most Polarizing Characters
and Hook is on the list, stirring emotions as he does one way or the
other — which I’m sure is not news to you. How does it feel to play
someone people either love or… don’t really like much at all?
I understand that and you know what? It’s brilliant, it’s a great thing,
because that means you’re doing your job well. Especially for this
character, because Hook has done some really heinous things in his past.
Even when I came on the show in Season 2, he was not that nice a guy,
so I actually expected everybody to dislike Hook. But weirdly, a lot of
people really like that in a person for some reason. [Laughs]
It’s an interesting thing because I always knew he would be that person
who would polarize people, and I guess that’s a good thing for me as an
actor. But if I was speaking as Hook, I’d be a bit annoyed, like, “Why doesn’t everyone like me!”
72. I will knock you on your ass if you even think about it. Shield shock!
“Now, Steve,” Darcy hedged, holding her hand up to her chest in mock concern as she tried to hide the fact that she’d broken into a runner’s stance. “Is that any way to talk to a lady?”
He rolled his eyes and stepped closer, the uniform cowl only emphasizing his jaw clench.
“You hate when I call you a lady because you’re a woman who will be whatever the hell she wants.”
She took a moment to appreciate his attention to detail.
“You were listening. Good job.”
But he continued stepping closer, no doubt planning on putting himself between her and the melee in the street.
“And since I know you and how much you want to fight me on this, I mean it. I will put you on your ass if you think of running out there for that cat you saw run under the dumpster.”
Shit. He had noticed. But what the hell was she going to do? Leave it there?
He cut her off as he turned her back away from the street.
“As much as I want to tell you to just go into the building across the street and hide until this blows over, I need you to head back the last few blocks. I saw some groups of stragglers who need help and I can’t go back there for them.”
Most of the fight died out, but she still turned to look at the dumpster.
“I’ll go get the damn cat,” he sighed wearily. “But please, Darce. I need your help and I’d really rather you stay out of the firing line. For once.”
With a smile, she bounced up on her toes to kiss his jaw.
He spared a moment to give her a one-armed hug before pushing her the other way.
“Hurry up and get out of here. I gotta go save Mittens.”
They’re taken up in a vortex of green smoke, and he’s never been so glad of anything in his entire life. There’s chaos all around him, errant napkins flying in the wind, everyone trying and failing to hold on to something as he prays Regina’s efforts transport them to the correct location. And then they’re falling, falling, falling. Dropping out of the sky like an anchor finding the bottom of the sea.
Contact. He scrambles off the floor as soon as he’s able, his knees as wobbly as they were when he first got his sea legs. Slipping and sliding towards the door, he wrenches it open and is relieved to see the emerald canopy of the Enchanted Forest shadowing the diner. He lets out a long breath. They made it.
Emma. Barely managing to restrain himself from screaming her name, he turns to assess the others, knowing no matter how badly he wants to find her, he has to wait for them, has to do it together the way Emma would want them to.
With nods and reassurances and shaky hands, they arise from their muddled heap on the floor, ready to set out. Make haste, he tells them, there’s no time to waste. He knows they’re close, but it’s not good enough, not nearly adequate to solve the quandary they’re in, the impossible mess that Emma’s put herself in.
He’s still angry with her for that, remembers how he begged her not to do it, not to sacrifice herself to the darkness, and she didn’t bloody well listen. His jaw clenches unconsciously at the thought. Yet still, even in that moment of terror and blackness was the shining light of her love, as she clenched his hand tightly to her chest and poured out her feelings through her words and eyes. She loves him, and he loves her, and he has to believe that that means something, that love can overcome all obstacles. He has to have faith that something greater than himself can somehow pull her back from over the edge of the abyss.
It doesn’t take long to reach her. He sees her golden hair from a distance and his heart speeds up, anxiety at what state they may find her in coursing through his blood, threatening to strangle him and even still pushing him forward. She’s not alone, and it’s only when they break through the rock circle that he sees what she’s holding, the red heart of a stranger beating precariously in her hand.
Her face is full of anger and fear, and he’s tormented at the sight, desperate to help her before it’s too late. She’s like a stray cat, backed up against the wall, not knowing who to trust or where to go. When she finds his face it’s not recognition he sees but disbelief, and he’s reminded once again how lost and alone she’s been her whole life. Of course he would find her, how could she believe any different? How could she doubt his love for her?
She speaks and her words are not her own, it’s the darkness speaking, and it kills him to see her this way, defenseless against the demons within. But he gets through to her, he counsels her, knowing from his own experiences how easy it is to fall prey to dark impulses but also how to overcome them. There’s a moment when everyone holds their breath in unison, and then it’s over, the girl’s heart slammed back into her chest and Emma heaving in breaths, barely managing to hold herself together.
He desperately wants to hold her, wants to wrap her in his arms and tell her everything is going to be okay, but he doesn’t know if it is, and he doesn’t know if she’ll let him. So he hesitates, waiting for her to make the choice. An agonizing beat passes, and then she’s falling into him, pressing her nose into his chest and she’s home, she’s made it, things are back to the way they were supposed to be before this all happened. Curling his fingers into her soft hair, he pulls her closer, breathing her in, regulating her heartbeat with his own as he wills her to relax.
It’s not the end, it’s only the beginning. He knows this all too well. But they’ve won this battle, and every small victory counts for something, has to mean something if they’re ever going to acquire enough hope to sustain them through the rest of the war.
I love you Emma, he tells her with the stroke of his hand. I love you Emma, he tells her on the huff of his sigh. I love you Emma, he’ll tell her over and over until it penetrates the blackness and makes it grey.