Joss Whedon on Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Buffy's The Zeppo
Joss Whedon reiterates his mission statement regarding Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., a TV series of "The Zeppo"...
Joss Whedon fans, we band of brothers, will want to get their hands on a copy of the next Entertainment Weekly, featuring as it does a ten-page interview spanning Whedon's entire career to-date, and his first cover (flanked by Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet).
A sneak peek at the interview reveals Whedon's pithy description of Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. as "a TV series of The Zeppo", in reference to the season three Buffy episode that eschewed the apocaplypse action of the Slayer and focused on Xander, the Scooby sans supernatural powers:
“This is basically a TV series of The Zeppo, which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a Buffy episode in order to star the person who mattered the least. The people who are ignored are the people I’ve been writing as my heroes from day one. There’s a world of superheroes and superstars, they’re celebrities, and that’s a complicated world - particularly complicated for people who don’t have the superpowers, the disenfranchised. Now obviously there’s going to be hijinks and hilarity and sex and gadgets and all the things that made people buy the comics. But that’s what the show really is about to me, and that’s what Clark Gregg embodies: the Everyman.”
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