Joss Whedon on Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

News Louisa Mellor 7 Aug 2013 - 09:45

Here’s what Joss Whedon had to say recently about Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., movie crossovers, Dr Horrible 2 and more…

Snuffling through the output of last week’s TCA press tour like olfactorily talented swine, we’ve unearthed a few truffles, courtesy of Collider’s transcript of Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Q&A…

On how involved Whedon will be in the series after the pilot:

I’m reading every script and every story, and giving notes and rewrites. I’m doing all of the stuff, but I just can’t be in the room, every day.

On the structure of the new series:

There’s not going to be some new hero, every week. There could be a device. There could be a mystery. There are so many aspects to what’s happened, since everybody in the world found out that there is a superhero team and there were aliens that invaded New York, and we want to be able to change it up, every week. We want to be able to deal with every aspect – the spy stuff, the hero stuff, the heartfelt stuff, the humour. We want to make sure that you get something that feels a little bit different, so it’s not just turkey, every day.

On whether a return for Agent Coulson was always percolating in Avengers:

I absolutely killed him. It was not percolating. Kevin Feige told me before I took the gig, “You gotta kill Coulson.” And I understood why, but I said, “You’re taking the rap because I get a lot of heat for that stuff.”

On potential cameos from Marvel movie characters in the TV series:

I’m not going to go begging, and I’m not going to use up favors that I need for The Avengers 2. The DNA of the show is the show.  

We don’t want just to be an Easter egg farm. We want people to come back because of [this cast], and not because of some connection to the movie universe. This show has to work for people who aren’t going to see those movies, and haven’t seen them before. […] We don’t want to hurt the movies, at all.

On whether movie crossovers would unbalance the world of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

They’re superstars in that universe, so if they showed up and they overbalanced it slightly, it would actually make sense. That’s how people would react to them, in the universe of the show. So, I don’t think that’s a problem. But, I do think it’s a problem, if you have them too regularly, and then people are just wondering, “When do I get to see the movie star again?,” instead of concentrating on these guys.

On when he’ll next direct an episode of the TV series:

I don’t think it’ll happen again for the next couple of years because I’m getting behind another camera, in another country. But, we have some directors that we’ve worked with before, and that we trust very much. 

On what Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD means for Dr Horrible 2:

It pushes it. S.H.I.E.L.D. took its spot, and that’s just the sad reality. 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on ABC on September 24th. No UK air dates or channels have yet been announced.

Read the full interview at Collider.

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