One of Wen’s longest-running roles was with the Marvel TV series “Agents of SHIELD” from 2013-2020. While fans may still be wondering if the show remains canon (or if it has been relegated to one of the many multiverses by the events of “WandaVision” and “Loki”), it’s indisputable that Wen’s character, Melinda May, was always a bright spot for the series. She entered the show as part of Phil Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) team, but one who was initially sent to spy on him by director Nick Fury. A legendary SHIELD agent, Melinda May was nicknamed “The Cavalry” for her single-handed prowess during a SHIELD operation gone wrong.
Throughout the series, May was unfailingly loyal to Coulson and the team, even giving the “real” Coulson a happy ending when the two end up together at the end of season 5 just before his death. Near the end, to go with her unparalleled martial arts skills, the seemingly detached Melinda May even developed her own superpower — that of empathy. For those keeping count, that makes her a Marvel superhero.
Wen has said it was challenging for her to play such a character, since she’s so not like that in real life. “I cry at the drop of a hat. I’m so emotional,” she told ComicBookMovie.com. “To have to bottle all that in and play a character that has all these emotions, but just can’t show them, or chooses not to engage with her feelings, because of her post-traumatic stress syndrome, being a wounded soldier, is challenging. It’s fascinating to play, and I have to trust that as long as I’m feeling it on the inside, somehow that gets conveyed through the cameras.”