The show's executive producer says he wants to put his mark all over the upcoming ABC project
In the superhero show where none of the main characters have superpowers of their own, the upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. already looks like it has executive producer Joss Whedon's distinctive fingerprint all over it. The filmmaker discussed his upcoming project with fellow executive producer Jeffrey Bell and co-star Clark Gregg, who plays the back-from-the-dead agent Phil Coulson in the show and in the Marvel movies, and during this talk Whedon promised that he will remained as involved in the project as much as he can, hopefully ensuring that the series will be well worth a watch.
Whedon wants the series to appeal to those who haven't seen the Avengers movie too
Whedon, who directed and co-wrote the pilot for the series, said at ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. panel in Beverly Hills on Sunday (4 August) that the show will look to focus on those ignored in the major movie epics, such as The Avengers, as it will concentrate on the fictional government agency S.H.I.E.L.D. - which stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate - and the agents it has working the field alongside their super-powered allies. And despite his involvement in the follow-up to the massive success that was 2012's The Avengers, which is titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whedon claimed that he will try and have maximum impact and involvement on the show.
“I’m reading every script, every story, and giving notes and re-writes. I just can’t be in the room every day. The group I have [including showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen] shares this hard-to-convey idea of how I want the show to feel," Whedon said, adding, when quizzed whether he might direct more episodes, “I don’t think it will happen again for the next couple years, because I’m getting behind another camera in another country."
Whedon is looking forward to working with his Avengers cast again
When asked whether the series will serve as a cross-over point for any future Marvel movies, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series creator said that there will be crossovers, however he doesn't want to get too trigger happy with introducing characters from the Marvel Universe. He explained, “There will be as much as we can allow…. We’re still working that out. We don’t just want to be an Easter egg farm…. This show has to work for people who haven’t seen the movies.”
As for seeing stars of the movie world joining the action, such as Nick Fury actor Samuel L. Jackson, the panel reckoned that the show will have it's share of big name cameos, but The Avengers 2 is Whedon's main priority at the moment, and he doesn't want to use up any favours by getting actors on the show rather than in the film. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air on ABC on September 24 at 8 p.m. local time.
Lets hope Agents of... will live up to the standards Whedon has already set