Entertainment Affair sat down with Maximiliano Hernández, who portrays Agent Sitwell, not only in “Marvel’s The Avengers,” but also in “Thor,” and the Marvel One-Shots: “The Consultant” and the new “Item 47,” which is included as special feature in “Marvel’s The Avengers” Blu-ray and DVD, to catch up on future projects.
As the middle child, born to Honduran parents, Hernández had to find a way to stand out in the family, were his sister was a dancer and his brother a musician. Well, what better way than acting? “I used to get in trouble at school. Just talking and stuff like that, I guess I was trying to get attention, but a teacher said I should go try some theater. I did and I absolutely loved it,” he said.
Although his mother wanted him to become an architect and his father a lawyer or a doctor, Hernández proved to them that acting could be just the thing for him. “My mother will always say ‘no andas con pajaritos en el aire,’ she always be like, ‘keep your feet on the ground,’ they were incredibly supportive,” he added.
Hernández is proud and was happy to share the set of “Marvel’s The Avengers” with other Latinos, in this case Alicia Sixtos and Jesse Garcia, “it was nice to have other Latinos on a movie like this. It was a nice little family on set.”
Following the epic climax to “Marvel’s The Avengers,” S.H.I.E.L.D recovered all but one piece of the alien technology left behind in New York City, a Chitauri weapon, aka “Item 47.” This short film marks the fourth time Hernández plays the role of Agent Sitwell. “This movie was about proving yourself and it was about me proving that this character was as good as Clark Gregg’s character, Coulson,” he says about how his character has evolved from “Thor.”
His personal favorite, out of all The Avengers and Marvel’s comic book series heroes, is The Incredible Hulk, which he’s still subscribes to. He only has great things to say about Mark Ruffalo’s rendition of his all-time favorite super hero, “it was absolutely perfect. He reminded me of the Bill Bixby show from the 70’s and 80’s, which I loved.” Given the choice and possibility of having a super power, Hernandez says he would choose stopping time, because you can “basically control all elements.”
We are all dying to know anything about an Avengers sequel, but this is all we got, “I can not tell you anything about the sequel, because they make me sign stuff in blood, [laughs and I can’t say anything unfortunately.”
He is open to the possibility of playing Agent Sitwell in a new S.H.I.E.L.D inspired TV show that ABC has ordered a pilot this past August, although he hasn’t been approached about it yet. For now, he will start shooting a new TV show for FX called “The Americans”, starring Kerri Russell and Matthew Rhys, airing in January.