The cast of Marvel’s Agents Of Shield took to the stage along with the critically acclaimed Joss Whedon to talk about the production of Shield and what fans can expect from the new Avengers spin off tv series, finally shedding some light on the extremely secretive marvel shadow that has been cast over the project since day one of pre-production. The event took place at the TCA (Television Critics Association) 2013 press tour.
How much synergy will there be to use SHIELD to promote the upcoming sequels of Thor and Captain America?
Joss Whedon: “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 for the show. It’s not an Easter egg farm, we want people to come back.”
How big can the pilot be?
Jeff Bell: “Bigger than you think. Marvel and ABC have been very generous with us. We have a responsibility to Marvel to look awesome and terrific,”
How much creative freedom does Whedon have with SHIELD?
Joss Whedon: “We’ve gotten trust, which is different than freedom. My collaboration with Marvel on the movie was extraordinary and unprecedented, They’re very supportive of the vision we first laid out. We’re all trying to make the same show. We’re all on the same page, which has occasionally not happened to me,”
How big of an involvement will Whedon have?
Joss Whedon: “As much as an exec producer can who is also making a movie, I got the best writers and actors I could so I could do this and that’s the best way to run a show.”
How accessible will it be for non-Avengers viewers?
Joss Whedon: “We wanted to make sure there’s an investment in the characters as much as case of the week, Every week it’s not going to be some new hero, There could be a device, a mystery. There’s so many aspects as to what’s happened since everybody in the world found out there’s a superhero team and aliens invaded New York. We want to be able to change it up every week spy stuff, hero stuff, heartfelt stuff. We want to make sure that every week you get something that feels different so it’s not turkey every day.”
How are they handling the pressure to deliver for ABC?
Jed Whedon: “If we think about that all the time we’d never make any decisions, We try to keep it fun and tell stories we want to see.”
Agents Of Shield premieres on ABC, Tuesday, 24th September.