The cast and producers of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., led by prolific EP Joss Whedon, on Sunday granted members of the Television Critics Assoc. Level 7 access to scoop and (very light) spoilers from the hotly-anticipated ABC drama, which bows Sept. 24 at 8/7c.
RESURRECTION | Acknowledging the Avengers’ death of Clark Gregg‘s now-very-much-alive Agent Coulson, exec producer Jeph Loeb admitted, “There was never going to be a show called Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. without Clark.” The actor, for his part, shared that he didn’t want his character’s resurrection to be “anything that undermined the reality of the Avengers.” However, after chatting with Whedon about the arc, “I hung up the phone very deeply on-board.” Why and how Coulson is alive “will be something of a drawn-out explanation,” Whedon revealed.
STAYING POWER | “After the pilot, I figured the next episode would be us stuck in an elevator because they spent all their money,” Gregg joked. “But the second [episode] is bigger, more exciting.”
FORMATTING FUN | “There’ll be a challenge every week,” shared Jed, but not some “new hero” with each fresh episode, Joss added. Instead, he said, “It could be a device, a mystery.”
WHEDONVERSE LITE | Whedon said that he’ll be involved in S.H.I.E.L.D. moving forward “as much as an executive producer can who’s also making [Avengers 2].”
CAUTIOUS CROSSOVERS | When it comes to synergy between S.H.I.E.L.D. and any upcoming Marvel big-screen offerings, Whedon shared: “There will be as much as we can allow. We’re still working that out; it’s a fluid process. It’s a fun opportunity, but it’s not the reason behind the show. We don’t want to be an Easter egg farm.”
FAMILIAR FACE | “I can neither confirm or deny whether he’s coming back,” Whedon teased of Angel alum J. August Richards, who appears in the pilot. “But I thought he was great, too, so do that math.”
WARRIOR STRONG | On being a “ninja” in S.H.I.E.L.D. — EP Jed Whedon’s words, not ours — Ming-Na Wen confessed, “I am so proud to show off these guns. It’s wonderful to be put to task and raise the bar and work out to carry this character off… And I hate working out, but I do like kicking ass.”
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