‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Comic-Con 2013 Details

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Agents of SHIELD Cast Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Comic Con 2013 Details

As any comic book aficionado (and movie geek, at this point) knows, San Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner. Much of the talk thus far has centered on the upcoming films that will be highlighted at the annual event, but it will also be the closest look yet that fans will have at Marvel’s first attempt to bring their interconnected world of larger-than-life heroes to the small screen.

As previously announced, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be the focus of its very own panel presentation at next week’s Comic-Con. Co-creator (and Phase Two overseer) Joss Whedon is expected to attend, as will Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb. However, other details regarding the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot and its accompanying Comic-Con panel remain scarce.

Now Entertainment Weekly has landed a bit more information regarding what fans can expect. As previously discussed, the pilot will NOT reveal the truth behind Agent Coulson’s mysterious resurrection. However, it will hint that the full story regarding his death is unbeknownst to even Coulson himself. In fact, S.H.I.E.L.D. (and the series’ creators) are actively keeping that secret… for now, at least.

Marvel One Shot Agent Coulson Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Comic Con 2013 Details

Here’s what co-creator Jed Whedon had to say on the matter:

“We can’t wait to pull the curtain back on [Coulson's return]. But we’re going to take our time.”

Considering that much of the buzz surrounding the show has revolved around Clark Gregg’s reprisal of the fan favorite character, this approach makes perfect sense. What better way to draw fans than to dangle that lingering mystery throughout the course of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s maiden season? Here’s hoping that the eventual reveal is worth all the hype and doesn’t suffer from the same kind of underwhelming reveals that frustrated fans of Lost.

The Avengers will likely be the entry point for many viewers, and it seems that the show will stay true to previous reports which declared that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would steer clear of previously established superheroes like Iron Man and Captain America. However, this doesn’t mean that the series will attempt to ignore that these characters exist, as some fans feared. Said Jed Whedon:

“We plan on trying to weave in between the films and try to make them more rewarding on both ends. In any of these [episodes], you can always ask: ‘Why don’t they just call Iron Man?’ They are aware of each other, but they do have to have their own lives.”

Add to that comment the news that the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot will allude to a storyline from a previous Marvel film, and it’s becoming more and more apparent that the series will finally answer the mysterious “plot hole” surrounding S.H.I.E.L.D.’s complete absence during the events of Iron Man 3.

From a business standpoint, this is a brilliant move on Marvel’s part, as Tony Stark’s third solo outing will be hitting DVD and Blu-ray around the time of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s premiere. Plus, it would give the show’s creators the chance to set the groundwork for next spring’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which Cap continues his work with S.H.I.E.L.D.

Iron Man 3 trailer Still Stark Mark XLVII copy 570x236 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Comic Con 2013 Details

Another popular question surrounding the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot has been about the character played by Angel alum J. August Richards. The show’s creators have announced that his identity may be revealed at the upcoming Comic-Con panel, lending further credence to the belief that Marvel may be planning to screen the pilot next week.

The studio has said that fans should expect a number of surprises at the event, and the 75-minute panel planned for Comic-Con seems to be too long for a mere Q&A. Gregg and perhaps some other members of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast are probable additions, but Marvel is certainly missing an opportunity to drum up support for the pilot if they don’t screen it for hardcore fans.

Do you think Marvel will screen the entire Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot at Comic-Con? How do you hope the show ties in to the Phase Two lineup of films? Sound off in the comments section below.


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on ABC in September 2013 on Tuesdays @8pm.

Source: EW

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    • That would be awesome and very unexpected. So far this show looks pretty cool, looking forward to it more than the Marvel films oddly enough. Mostly because I’m dying to see J August Richards in action again.

    • I don’t really follow the ultimate universe much, but isn’t MM like 13.

      • They’re not doing strict adaptations of any single Marvel universe. It’s more of an amalgamation of several of them.

        • I know the MCU is a stand alone universe, but they are usually close to the Ultimate universe source material. Like with the Mandarin(an organization as opposed to a person)

  1. Only thing is that Avengers set the bar in story, characters and special effects. This will be considered a steep downgrade by most of the fans so if it does not have a compelling story then it will sink fast. Remember the terminator t.v series? Of course you don’t.

    • Summer Glau as a female terminator? I’m having trouble forgetting it, it’s a reoccurring dream!

    • I agree with the characters and special effects. Judging from the trailer we saw, they must have a pretty large budget. I’m not expecting anything on the same lines as The Avengers though, that would be silly, it was a giant blockbuster movie.

      They will definitely need to make the characters on par with Coulson and the rest of the Avengers team, in terms of on screen chemistry. I think it’d be a huge negative if it lacked in that department, it’s one of the main reasons why the Marvel films are so well liked. Though it is under Joss Whedon, so I don’t have very many worries there.

      I find Avengers’ story while good, it’s not something a TV show can’t handle. I think it can even better it, not in terms of scale but sort of… scratching your eyes out waiting for the next episode kinda thing, similar to Lost. Maybe a little less so, cause let’s face it, Lost was torture, I hated waiting one week aha. Why would they do that to their viewers?

    • In what standards did the avengers set the bar in story?? It arguably has the most average straightforward story in the mcu

      • True, I thought it was simply a solid to maybe good story, nothing groundbreaking. With this show and the several episodes it has, I’m sure it can top it.

    • +1

    • 2 seasons

  2. I’m curious to know what is this show. Is it going to be like the early seasons of smallville where they introduce a bad guy and get rid of them at the end. Also are we going to get a black panther intro. I can’t wait to hear the announcements at comic con next week.

    • Smallville’s first season was awesome but I’m really hoping SHIELD is a bit more flexible. The one villan a week got a bit old for me. The article mentioned they’d do it so I’m hoping each villain actually adds to a larger plot.

      • Yeah not a fan of the freak of the week style. Tho i did enjoy smallville season 1

    • Going by Whedon’s previous shows I expect it to be a mixture of standalone-ish episodes and season (or multi-season) arc. Earlier episodes will probably be more standalone but some bigger things will be quietly set up from the start.

  3. Instead of a Heroes For Hire show we get this.

    • So don’t watch it. Read your Heroes for Hire comics and touch yourself instead. :P

  4. I saw a featurette of this show at the movies. It seems to be nothing more than a standard spy procedural with all of the cliche characters(Brit, beautiful but deadly female, wisecracker, etc) that looks to ride off the success of the Marvel movies and tap into the already built fan base for ratings. Just my thought. I’ll give the pilot a watch and go from there.

    • It is not a spy procedural, it is a superhero television show that centers on non-super beings in the Marvel universe, and those people just happen to be spies.

      • I don’t know. Sounds like a spy procedural to me. I guess what I’m saying is did we really need this program in lieu of maybe a Heroes For Hire or Daredevil program instead? Sure those would just be spins on crime and legal shows currently on television but personally I’d much rather see that than a forty-five minute Avengers camera wink fest every week. Like I said, I’ll watch the pilot episode. I could be completely wrong and off base.

        • Yes, because Daredevil and Heroes For Hire both suck.

          • PERFECTLY said!!! I would HATE to see a lame ass Daredevil T.V. show!! I think this show will be pretty cool! If it has Coulson it has to be good.

        • Have you ever watched a Joss Whedon show? It’s in good hands, trust me.

          As for a Heroes for Hire show… I still see it a ways off; do I think it could work? Absolutely, with a 70s buddy cop show throwback vibe it would be awesome. But I thinks it’s still a ways off.

          Now a Marvel Knights TV Show on HBO, Showtime or Starz? That would be amazing! Just let them get behind Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. right now and give it their all. Then, if it succeeds as it surely will with Disney’s marketing machine behind it, I expect we’ll quickly learn more about Marvel TV’s plans, which is barely starting with AoS as its flagship. I expect an announcement before the year is out of at least two more TV ventures from Marvel. DC, in addition to Arrow, is launching “Amazon” so Marvel will want to one up them.

          So waiting until after the show has launched and around the time Thor hits theaters, I expect we’ll hear more. I think there’s a really good chance we’ll get some sort of Marvel Knights franchise on a premium cable channel. HBO would be great but their ties to Warner Brothers and DC seem to preclude that. A Starz series in the vein of Spartacus seems like a good fit to see a more adult version of the MCU. It would also be cheaper to do a show with limited SFX and grounded in practical effects and martial arts. I think there’s a good chance Daredevil, Elektra, Wilson Fisk, Frank Castle, and their friends can share the screen with socially conscious portrayals of urban life (a la “The Wire”) in the way the NYC based Marvel Comics did best.

          Heroes for Hire…3 years off.

          P.S. Coming Soon! Power Pack on ABC Family!

  5. I hope the series does a better job than IM 3, which was very disappointing.

  6. I have a feeling this show will go places (ie.: last more than one season, quite a feat for GOOD shows nowadays, although bad ones seem to have little trouble doing it). I am really looking forward to this, and if it is extra good, I will buy the series when it comes out on DVD.
    It is still possible we will see a heroes For Hire series (hopefully), and maybe even a daredevil series or flick. I would get behind all of them enthusiastically.

  7. Can someone please tell me if any TV show will be reporting the highlights of Comic-Con like “Attack of the Show” used to do?? Since nobody answered me last time I’m assuming their isn’t or people on this site genuinely don’t like me. Please, I promise to put out on the first date if someone will answer me this time.

    • My answer: I don’t know.

      Now how about that date?

      • Hee-hee…gonna be funny if you two get together and find out you’re both boys…!

        • At least I got some response. As far as my gender is concerned, I am a Life Model Decoy with many secrets in my AI slacks.