Elegant new S.H.I.E.L.D. art teases Blackout + the mystery of Amy Acker's Cellist

The latest installment in Marvel’s ambitious Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. art project has been revealed, and it seems to focus quite a bit on Agent Coulson’s mysterious lover, the Cellist, played by Amy Acker.

Developed by artist Pascal Campion, the latest piece is a dual shot with a major yin-yang vibe, as Coulson holds his badge, with his back turned to his mysterious lost love. Along with showing the distance between the couple, the coloring also hints at the new baddie set to be introduced in the episode — Blackout, played by Patrick Brennan.

Series producer Jeffrey Bell chatted with Entertainment Weekly about how the introduction of Blackout fits the narrative arc of the season, and it sounds like they’ll have quite a bit of symbolism mixed in with the requisite action and drama we’ve come to expect:

“Emotionally, he’s perfect. Here’s a character who absorbs light, and one of the things he says to Audrey — which is the title of the episode — he refers to her as “the only light in the darkness.” And his obsession with the cellist is a beautiful metaphor, I think, for who Coulson is to her, who she is to Coulson, who S.H.I.E.L.D. is to the world…and the idea of S.H.I.E.L.D. falling apart, and Hydra coming out and darkness speaking, the idea of having Blackout as an antagonist seemed perfect.”

Dubbed “The Only Light in the Darkness,” the new episode is set to air April 22. It’ll mark the 19th episode of the series’ first season run.

Along with all the other limited-edition S.H.I.E.L.D. prints, this one is also available to purchase at MarvelStore.com. We love the style of this one, and the way it pays homage to the look of some classic film posters. Which one is your favorite?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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