Kevin Feige Talks ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’; Downey Jr. is ‘Open’ to Cameo

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:14 pm,

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It’s not Spoiler to say that one of the last things seen onscreen at the end of Iron Man 3 was a single line of naked text: “Tony Stark will return.” The thing is, people want to know how and when, and though an appearance in Avengers 2 seems assured, it is – at least – possible that we might not have to wait that long.

Presently in negotiations with Marvel for a new deal, Robert Downey Jr. is apparently open to a cameo appearance on Marvel’s possible TV series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Said RDJ about showing up as Stark in Avengers director Joss Whedon’s spinoff TV series:

“You know what? There’s no telling. I am open to everything.”

It would be nice to see Downey return to TV (he previously starred on Ally McBeal‘s 4th season, guested on Family Guy, and appeared as a cast member on SNL in 1985), and it’s fun to imagine Tony Stark and Agent Phil Coulson bantering together once more; however, this all seems a bit unlikely, doesn’t it?

For one thing, while Downey didn’t shut down the idea of a guest spot on S.H.I.E.L.D., it seems unlikely that Marvel would want Tony Stark’s next appearance to come as a one-off on a TV show – especially after the way that Iron Man 3 ended. I won’t get into spoiler territory here, but there are things that require explanation and they likely couldn’t, wouldn’t, and shouldn’t be explained in that forum.

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That doesn’t mean that it is an impossibility, though. Nothing is impossible should this throwaway comment – said in the midst of a laborious and lengthy press tour – somehow evolve into something tangible, but according to Marvel Studio Chief Kevin Feige, it doesn’t sound like these are the kinds of stunts that the S.H.I.E.L.D. team (Joss Whedon, Jeph Loeb, etc) want to rely on constantly.

“If that works the way everyone expects it to work I think that would open up another avenue, another outlet for some of those characters,” Feige acknowledges  “Maybe they guest star, I don’t know. I think they’re avoiding the cameo of the week on that show, which is very smart.”

Feige was answering a question about the possibility of using Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a launch pad for unused Marvel characters – a roster that has recently grown with the return of Daredevil and also The Punisher, Blade, and Ghost Rider to Marvel’s control – but it would seemingly apply to existing Phase 1 and Phase 2 characters as well, like Tony Stark.

That doesn’t mean that every Marvel character should be considered in play, though. A TV show is not a comic book – logic, believability, and availability play a part in the equation. I can’t imagine that Thor will ride a thunder bolt down to fill out some paperwork for HR, or that Agent Coulson will de-brief Blade, but some characters like Stark, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and maybe Daredevil could work in small doses. This assumes, though, that Downey, Jeremy Renner and/or Scarlett Johansson are game, and that Marvel wants to debut their new Daredevil in that format or ask people to stomach more re-castings.

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That Feige is open to cameos – but obviously not eager to base the show around them – should surprise no one. It would be foolish for anyone connected with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Marvel to reject the notion of high-profile guest spots because – above all other reasons – this is still a prospective project that hasn’t yet received the pick-up from ABC that we all feel is inevitable.

Once that pick-up is assured, though, it is easy to assume that this chatter will continue, but ultimately, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to live or die on the way that it presents any lesser-known heroes. Sure, we may see a familiar face from time to time and other obvious nods to the link that exists between this project and the Marvel Movie Universe – but really, doing too much of that seems like one of those ideas that is better on paper… namely the kind that they make comic books out of.


Keep an eye on Screen Rant for any future Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. news.

Source: EW

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  1. I’d love to see more cross-breeding within the MMU. It’s never been done before on the big screen, and very rarely on TV.

    I’d love to see Daredevil on S.H.I.E.L.D. A mysterious figure at first…… then revealed as DD the good guy superhero…. Maybe even helping Agent Coulson in some way. hey Matt Murdock is a lawyer right? S.H.I.E.L.D. needs a good one after all the damages caused by a big ass super powered battle.

    I loved Iron Man 3 but I really wished Shane Black and company hadn’t worked so hard to make it a stand alone story with the only real “guest” appearance from the rest of the MMU happening at the end during the button scene. More cameos please.

    • I don’t know if I agree with the word, “cross-breeding” because it brings up nightmarish images of meshing together various Marvel icons ti see what their, “children” would look like. Maybe cross pollination? :)

  2. RDJ doing a cameo in the shield series would be awesome. Definitely can’t wait till this series premiers.

  3. So… (forgive me if this has been discussed) The movie rights extend to television also? Keyword being “movie”. Is that what would stop Spiderman or Professor X from appearing?

    • As far as i know, nothing. But then as sheild is part of the larger mcu one would think if they cant bring it to the movies there’s no point.

  4. bring on downey for the TV series as a cameo! yes!!!

  5. Well, you gotta have SOMEBODY making sure that man isn’t playing Galaga!

  6. Well, Tony Stark DOES become head of Shield in the comics so… Maybe.

  7. Since in the comics Tony Stark was responsible for upgrading virtually the entire Heilcarrier and everything S.H.I.E.L.D. members carry, this seems like a plausible cameo. He wouldn’t have to be Iron Man, just Tony Stark.

  8. it’s still odd that hawkeye wont be in the next cap movie, so why not use him in the series as the leading man? it would be like arrow but with shield behind.

    • “Loki of Asgard, YOU HAVE FAILED THIS CITY!”

      • :)

  9. I wonder if David Hasselhoff will have a cameo.

    • Fingers crossed!!

  10. I like this idea very much. The ratings would be huge!

  11. It’s great but my only concern is that Marvel should not assume that movie watchers of the Avengers would be automatic (regular) followers of the SHIELD TV series. The risk being certain plots engineered in the series may raise unanswered questions for the average viewer in Avengers 2. For example, if Tony Stark is the only Avenger not shocked to see Coulson alive in Avengers 2 (because they already met in the series). A lot of fans (especially internationally) would be puzzled at this and the movie would appear incomplete and full of plot holes. The producers should try as much as possible to make it an independent series which would raise few questions in subsequent movies to the consternation of non-followers of the series.

    I intend to follow Agents of SHIELD and will love to see cameos though that wont hurt the process. My concern is if the series, being in the Marvel movie-verse timeline, has cameos of say Black Panther for example, it should not in anyway jeopardise his chances of a classic Avengers intro or a solo movie (one without reference to the TV series).

  12. Now that the news that Scarlet Witch may be in Avengers 2, I am thinking that Coulson may be resurrected by her. It’s a long shot but she can alter reality and they claim she was dating him. That would be a good intro for her and a good explanation about why Coulson is back.

    • Why has a comment I posted yesterday still in moderation?? It doesn’t have anything close to being bad. Maybe the word “witch” triggered it??

  13. It would be awesome and help lend credence to the idea that the TV show is a part of the MSU. Could also be a springboard to help launch either future TV show spin-offs or even movies!

  14. I think in order for the show to stay alive they should do at least 2-4 “cameos” trough out the seasons per season. however I do see the validity of the avengers 2 movie argument and if it would follow the SHIELD timeline up to the season? then the new season would come out with the events of the movie newly in place? also like pointed out before, internationally their would be gaps since i doubt shield will broadcast worldwide.

  15. Having Tony Stark (RDJ) on Agents of SHIELD would be a great move in the long run. Coulsen could bring Stark in as consultant since Stark first hand knowledge of the Extremis virus (IM3). Also it will help set Stark up for the beginning of Age of Ultron. Possibly sneak peaks of Ultron or possibly the new armor Stark would be using during the film. And finally I want to see how Stark would react seeing Coulsen being alive.