We’re getting more and more info on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., especially as it’s going to be a hot topic during next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, where Joss Whedon will be to answer questions about.
However, EW gave us some details already, including that of a certain agent we saw die in The Avengers movie, so I’ll warn you that some of the info here is somewhat spoilery.
1. The pilot hints at how mild-mannered kick-ass bureaucrat Agent Coulson (Clarke Gregg) was resurrected to lead the team after being killed off in The Avengers (his S.H.I.E.L.D. colleagues say he must “never know the truth” about his death). Yet you’ll have to keep watching to learn the full story. “We can’t wait to pull the curtain back on that,” says co-creator Jed Whedon. “[But] we’re going to take our time.”
2. The S.H.I.E.L.D. story will work in tandem with the Marvel films, both past and upcoming. In fact, the first episode will pick up a storyline that’s familiar from one of the Marvel hits — and it’s not The Avengers. “We plan on trying to weave in between the films and try to make them more rewarding on both ends,” says Jed Whedon, who points out the trick is to make the audience not ask a certain fanboy-bar-fight-style question: “In any of these [episodes], you can always ask: ‘Why don’t they just call Iron Man?’” Yeah, that would be annoying! So our next question is: Why don’t they just call Iron Man? “They are aware of each other,” Whedon says of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team and the metal-suited Malibu playboy, “but they do have to have their own lives.”
3. Here’s a question from the Internets that will be answered in the pilot: Does J. August Richards play Rage? Expect that and other revelations at the Comic-Con panel, just not a ton of them. “We’ll finally be able to answer some questions,” says co-creator Maurissa Tancharoen. “Though I’m sure we’ll have to stay on the vague end of the spectrum.”
There’s no doubt that this show is already garnered to be a series success. We’re making it happen!
Aside from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel on Friday, Joss will be the Dark Horse panel on Friday at 6:15 in Ballroom, and he will also be doing a Conversation for a Cause panel at The Nerd Machine Headquarters at Petco Park on Saturday, June 20th at 10am. The Conversation with a Cause panel is already sold out, but stay tuned for information on a possible livestream of it.