Looks like I'm not the only one already 'shipping Fitz/Simmons, or at least testing the idea. Not only are Agents of SHIELD viewers already creating fan vids (like the one at the bottom of this post) and fan fiction, but the media can't seem to stop bringing up the possibility of a romance between the two in interviews. Question is: Are we getting ahead of ourselves (read: Am I getting ahead of myself?), or will FitzSimmons indeed turn out to have that will-they-or-won't-they relationship that'll keep us romance fans guessing (and hoping against hope) for years?
Before the series premiered, SHIELD's Jemma Simmons herself (Elizabeth Henstridge) compared Simmons' relationship with fellow genius scientist Leo Fitz (Ian de Caestecker) to that of brother and sister, but more recently has been keeping more of an open mind, as in this interview with Natalie Abrams of TV Guide:
“There's always going to be a possibility, I guess, because they're so close and really understand each other, but definitely for right now, I don't think you could convince either one of them that they are meant to be together romantically. We'll just see. We're told fairly little. ... If anything romantic happens, I could see it happening, but I like that, for Simmons, it's not really her main priority. I don't think she even knows that could be a good idea.”
So Henstridge's not ruling anything out these days, and seems to have accepted that she'll be getting questions about it a lot, as illustrated by this answer in an interview with ET:
“People keep saying it's romantic, but I think, certainly for now, that they're best friends. They've got that familial bond where they can be fighting one second and have the other's back the next second. We don't know what could happen in the future, but they have a very special bond. I like that it's not romantic. I like that we're showing a guy and a girl as good friends and nothing more. Although that could just be me being naive [laughs].”
For my part, their scenes in last week's second episode of SHIELD, “0-8-4,” further cemented my interest in them and their charming, co-dependant relationship, whether or not it ever turns romantic. I like how protective Simmons seems to be of Fitz, and how quick she is to intercede on his behalf—for instance, when Fitz freaked out at how Agent Ward was handling the 0-8-4 (as in, not carefully at all), Simmons jumped in and basically told Ward to back off. And while Fitz seems more oblivious, I have a feeling he'll prove to have his own protective urges if he feels Simmons is being threatened in any way. I dig pairings who understand each other so totally and completely that no one else can compare, and these two seem to have that going for them.
Yet the show's still getting off the ground, and we're still getting to know all of the characters. At fan fiction archive AO3 (Archive of Our Own), there's also already fic for potential pairings like Ward/Simmons and Fitz/Ward, so who knows? Maybe one of those 'ships (or another entirely) will prove to have more heat and/or heart. I've written before about my appreciation for TV couples that take you by surprise, so I'll be the first to admit that I could see Whedon & co. eventually convincing me to jump one 'ship for another here. They're tricky like that, don't you think?
Heather Waters is the site manager of H&H, and a 24/7 fangirl. Tweet her @redline_