‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ NYCC Panel & Footage Description

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 13th, 2013 at 6:49 am,

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After a fall premiere that left some fans underwhelmed, ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been working hard to try and prove that it has a place in Marvel’s cinematic universe. Episode 2 of the series saw a notable drop off in viewership but, for many TV watchers, episode 3 finally saw the show begin to realize its potential. Now that the network has picked up Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a full season order, we can only hope that the series will take a few suggestions from our 4 Ways to Improve Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. editorial (as well as get to the bottom of that Agent Coulson mystery).

There’s reason to be optimistic though, since a new villain has helped the show gain some momentum – and with the cast and crew attending New York Comic Con 2013, we’re hoping for fresh and encouraging details on what’s to come.

[NOTE: This Panel has been locked down tight by Marvel. No info getting in or out during the panel. Stay tuned as details will be coming soon!]



  • Elizabeth Henstridge (who plays Jemma Simmons) and Iain De Caestecker (who plays Leo Fitz) say they have a brother and sister relationship but are not related – or in a relationship.
  • Henstridge says that they’re excited to explore the backstory of the characters – and that there are a lot of mysteries yet to be revealed. Executive producer Jeph Loeb promises that, since it’s a Joss Whedon show, that they’ll be developing and exploring arcs more and more as time goes on.
  • Henstridge says being on a Joss Whedon show – you never know how it’s going to end (no one is safe). So enjoy it while it lasts (and then watch the reruns).
  • Loeb says that the Marvel universe is a small place and works very closely with the studio. A delicate place – to tell stories that are brand new while also winking and nodding to the larger universe.
  • Loeb: Trying to tell stories about people – the new voices of the Marvel universe.
  • De Caestecker says he’s excited to see the Fitz-Simmons dynamic grow. Loeb promises that they’ll be exploring Agent May and other characters in the coming episodes – including the Coulson mystery.
  • Loeb: There isn’t anything that Whedon has created that they’re not going to mine all the way down to the bottom of the mine.
  • Loeb answering the question of whether the team will appear in Phase 2 or 3 movies, “Wouldn’t that be great?” The longer the show is on the air, the more likely that is a possibility. Says they did not come here to defend or hype the show – thinks that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stands on its own.
  • Loeb says that there are cross-over possibilities down the line (cites Maria Hill and Agent Blake prior cameos as an example of what to expect) – if they are seamless. “If someone wants to come play, we’re more than happy to make that happen.” Asserts that they’re not going to draw-out mysteries (then makes a dig at LOST).
  • De Caestecker wants Fitz to have a monkey assistant (a brave one).
  • Henstridge says Loki is her favorite superhero – and thinks he needs someone to talk to (and wants to be the person do it). De Caestecker likes the Hulk because he wants to grow muscly in a few seconds – but if he had a super power he’d want to be able to look like Brett Dalton (who plays Ward on the show).
  • Loeb says an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comic is possible – if the fans want it.
  • Henstridge’s favorite part of the show is getting to know each other and the team. De Caestecker enjoys all the technology that they get to play with on the series.

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  • Played episode 4 for the audience, “Eye-Spy.”

MAJOR SPOILERS for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, episode 4 below:

  •  A former protege of Agent Coulson, Akela Amador (Pascale Armand), steals $30 million in diamonds – leading S.H.I.E.L.D. to investigate her string of crimes.
  • Coulson and the team discover that Amador is acting against her will – controlled by someone else who communicates with her through a cybernetic eyeball.
  • After an altercation between the Amador and Agent May, Coulson and the team attempt to track the agent’s controller – before she is discovered to be off-mission (in which case, the controller would activate a kill switch).
  • The team successfully tracks the controller – only to find out that he too was being controlled (when he suddenly collapses after a confrontation with Coulson).
  • Coulson releases Amador into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody to stand trial for her crimes. However, when Amador asks May how Coulson survived the attack on the helicarier, May replies that Coulson was “nearly killed.”


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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  1. I’m still sticking with Agents of Shield so far. It wasn’t perfect but episode 3 was a big step up from 2. And I didn’t think 2 was all that bad until you guys brought it up on the podcast, then I watched it again and I realized how problematic it was. Its definitely worst of the 3 episodes.

    • Nah, they just like to pick things apart. The pilot was horrible, while the second episode wasn’t great and had problems, it was definitely more enjoyable than the first. At least for me. Episode 3 has definitely been their best so far

      • I disagree, all three episodes have been the same level of bad quality for me. None have stood out as better or worse than each other.

        • Episode 3 was easily the strongest and now I’m fully invested in this fun and thrilling show. Full range of opinions here!

  2. Haven’t liked any of the episodes so far (seem too “Whedon-esque” in delivery and substance, which isn’t surprising really but not something I enjoy seeing on screen) but I’m hopeful it improves.

    I mean, the show is pretty much rock bottom right now, the only way is up if they’d just tweak the one dimensional and annoying characters, up the tension and the stakes and be mindful of trying to write episodes that deal with the actual team without allowing the possibility for outside influences (ie, the movies) to influence the content.

    So far, the show just feels flat and written like its meant to nod at the wider universe, like its a poorly written tie-in companion book for a movie.

    Completely underwhelmed but waiting for improvement.

  3. This is meant to be entertaining, and not cerebral. And it is entertaining me, so I will stick with it. Yes, there are a few areas needing some developing, but no baby walks perfect on the first try. Some people just like to gripe for the sake of griping.

    • Not me.

      I’m checking my brain at the door before I watch and still not being entertained. I’m trying but as I said multiple times, hopefully it’ll grow and improve over time.

      This isn’t like Lost where I gave up after season 1 episode 5 and never looked back, I actually want to see this one through to the end.

  4. I Love the series so far, its not a superhero show nd since this universe is still young, I Like that theres a show that shwos soem other details of the world and expanding it. I tihnk there is some huge big bad thats set up, but we won’t see them for a while. however we have seen a birth of a villian, a hero in the making, and Nick Fury :3 No Pilots perfect, however I liek where its heading.

  5. I remember when Star Trek: The Next Generation came out and everybody hated the first season. They switched a character, killed one off. Several seasons, a few feature films, and several other spin-off TV shows later it’s considered one of the best Trek series. I would give “Agents” a chance. There is 50+ years of comics to draw from. I’m excited to see where they take it.

    • I’m all for killing off a character. I volunteer Simmons for that part. :)

        • Completely agree with you. I have had a hard time with a lot of the dialogue when it is just those 2 together.

  6. If they’re going to put Coulson back in the films then my guess is they won’t explain his survival unless it’s on the big screen. As for the show we’d probably have enough clues reavealed to us to figure it out on our own. I haven’t heard whether or not Gregg will be in the movies, supposing he doesn’t then we’ll find out on the show. I have more to add to this but I’ll do it later.

  7. During the end of that second episode when Coulson’s ‘head boss’ made an appearance it got me thinking maybe the purpose of the Team isn’t to handle what the rest of Shield can’t, instead it could be a testing platform for Coulson. We’ve seen he’s not quite himself since New York, Fury is probably well aware of it, which would explain why he’s longer third in command. Out of guilt for Coulson’s sacrifice, or just pure testing, Fury gives the go ahead for this Team which probably didn’t go well with the board of Directors at Shield (if they even have knowledge of it). Then there’s Agent May, who I believe has a secondary objective which is to observe Coulson and prevent him from going off the rails and to report any abnormalities present in him. My theory is that we’ll find out on the show but not till the last episode of season 1. Season 2, if we’re lucky will reveal what’s wrong with Coulson.

  8. “Loeb says that the Marvel universe is a small place…”

    That proves my point. Loeb doesn´t know sh*t about the Marvel universe.

  9. I know I’m in the minority, but I like the show for what it is (funny how that phrase was acceptable for “Pacific Rim” but not AOS. Hmmm…. Whatever). Episode 1 was weak but it was episode one, sooo…. what… is… the problem…? The shows seem to be getting better and now that they have a full season, I hope they start to flesh some characters out.

    • In the fanboy-internet-community y’re a minority,but it’s still getting high rating,especially among the 18-49 (think IM3 ;-) )

  10. I have given up on this show. The characters and plot just are not that interesting. I dont know if Coulson archetype can carry a show like this. Poor pacing and action choreography which should be the strengths of this show are major weaknesses. It needs to be more like Blacklist. Poor casting is evident.

  11. “De Caestecker wants Fitz to have a monkey assistant (a brave one).”

    Hit Monkey?

  12. I’m glad they are listening to some of the complaints though.

  13. The third episode was still pretty weak even though it was a slight improvement on the second. I’m still waiting to be enthralled by the whole thing.