Last summer, an epic Dubsmash war broke out between the casts of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter during their trip to San Diego Comic-Con. Leading the charge for their respective teams were Clark Gregg from S.H.I.E.L.D. and Miss Peggy Carter herself, Hayley Atwell.
On Thursday, Gregg and Atwell go head-to-head again, this time in the arena of Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle. Instead of filming 15-second videos on their smartphones, the Marvel stars will get elaborate costumes and backup dancers to make their lip sync performances even better.
Spike has already revealed a couple snippets of their performances. Gregg gives the audience an eyeful in his re-creation of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” music video. For her first song, Atwell mocks her competitor with The Offspring’s “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy).”
Watch Gregg and Atwell compete on Lip Sync Battle tonight, April 21, at 10 p.m. on Spike and take a look back at the rivalry that put them on LSB‘s radar.
Gregg and Chloe Bennet Fire the First Shot
A little background first. The Dubsmash app was launched in November 2014 and allows users to lip sync various music lyrics, movie quotes or sound clips from that hilarious viral video. It became a favorite among many celebrities in 2015 and found its way to San Diego Comic-Con thanks to the casts of the Marvel TV shows Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
History lesson over.
Gregg and Chloe Bennet, his co-star on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., dropped the first video with their rendition of “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. Bennet handled the “woo’s” and “yeah’s” while Gregg lip synced the rap.
Atwell responded, roping in her co-star James D’Arcy to take on the “Oompa Loompa” song from the movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Team Carter Heads On Down to the ‘Love Shack’
Atwell and D’Arcy didn’t even allow Team S.H.I.E.L.D. to respond before posting their next video. They chose the classic B-52’s song “Love Shack” with Atwell opening as Fred Schneider and D’Arcy following as Cindy Wilson.
The unstoppable duo then followed up with Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” but none the traditional version. They instead chose the viral goat version as D’Arcy handled the screaming farm animal’s part.
Team S.H.I.E.L.D. Threatens “B***h Better Have My Money
Already two down, Gregg and Bennet had to go big with their next choice. They broke out the hip-hop skills again, going hard Rihanna’s hit single, “B***h Better Have My Money.” It seemed perfect until Atwell and D’Arcy chose a little known song in United States, but one that Bennet knew very well.
The Agent Carter stars remembered Bennet’s time as a pop princess in China and recorded her hit song, “Uh Oh.” They added a little costumery, turning their Comic-Con lanyards into decorative headbands much like Bennet’s in her music video.
Gregg Drops the Mic in Peggy Carter Drag
For their next act, Gregg and Bennet recruited the entire Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast to drop the mic on Team Carter. Striking back at the Brits with a little taste of home, they choreographed a routine to Queen’s “We Are the Champions” capped by Gregg dressed as Atwell’s character, Peggy Carter.
The video left Atwell devastated. So much so, she couldn’t even move her lips to ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All.” Instead, she sat sobbing and shoving pieces of bread into her mouth.
The two teams finally met up face-to-face to hash it out over another Taylor Swift song, “Bad Blood.”
Captain America Comes to His Best Girl’s Rescue
After a slight stumble, Atwell called in an old friend for reinforcements. Chris Evans answered the call as his Marvel superhero, Captain America, and hit Gregg where it hurt. Firing back with another Queen song, “Another One Bites the Dust,” Atwell and D’Arcy tore up a photo of Captain America signed to Gregg’s character, Phil Coulson, who has a man crush on The First Avenger, and then revealed the hero himself (Evans) hiding behind his signature shield.
It was a low blow for Gregg, who could only respond with a Facebook message that read, “(Ugly Crying) Dubsmash War continues” and a screenshot of Atwell’s video. Team Carter then took a victory lap with the song “(I’ve Had) The Time of my Life,” of course made famous in the movie, Dirty Dancing, which starred Gregg’s wife, Jennifer Grey.
Gregg was able to pull himself together a short time later to announce a new chapter in the Dubsmash war. Still crying (and for some reason still wearing the Peggy Carter outfit), Gregg sulked eating an ice cream treat while Bennet held up a sign that read, “You are challenged to a 3 round #DubsmashWar Deathmatch (for charity) Let the fans decide!!”
The ‘Dubsmash Wars for Charity’ Are Officially Announced
Gregg, Bennet, Atwell and D’Arcy united in August to officially announce the Dubsmash Wars for Charity. Over the course of three rounds, fans donated $1 per vote for their favorite Dubsmash video created by each team. Votes cast for Team Carter benefitted the charity, Stomp Out Bullying, and votes cast for Team S.H.I.E.L.D. benefitted St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
In the end, Team Carter squeezed out an 11th hour win over Team S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they raised more than $154,000 from 8,332 donors in 64 countries, all the money going to their respective charities.
See a breakdown of the three rounds and their videos below.
Team Carter: Atwell and D’Arcy were joined by Miss Piggy to sing Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.” All three wore the classic Peggy Carter wardrobe — blue blazer topped with a red hat.
Team S.H.I.E.L.D.: Gregg and Bennet recruited their co-stars Adrianne Palicki and Patton Oswalt to swing on giant wrecking balls to recreate Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” music video. They chose to wear black leather costumes instead of going nude like Cyrus.
Team Carter: Atwell picked up Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee in Lola, the beloved red convertible of Gregg’s character Phil Coulson, to sing The Kinks’ Lola. D’Arcy donned a pair of Daisy Dukes and did his best Jessica Simpson impression scrubbing down the back of the car.
Team S.H.I.E.L.D.: Gregg and Bennet rounded up a few friends outside the Marvel (Studios) universe to perform War’s “Why Can’t We Be Friends.” Supergirl star Melissa Benoist along with a costumed Batman and Deadpool joined in on the fun.
Team Carter: To bring it on home, Atwell and D’Arcy gathered the Agent Carter cast and crew to perform the song “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie.
Team S.H.I.E.L.D.: Gregg and Bennet did the same with their Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast and crew in a synchronized performance of “The Power” by Snap!
Watch below for the entire compilation of videos.