Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will come an important point in its marketing campaign when it arrives for its panel at Comic-Con. We’ve seen the trailer, and it’s one of the most-anticipated shows of the fall season, but there are still plenty of questions. Personally, mine is, “Can it possibly live up to expectations?”, but many are continuing to ask, “How is Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) coming back?” Unsurprisingly, it’s a reveal that won’t be covered in the pilot. According to EW, “his S.H.I.E.L.D. colleagues say he must ‘never know the truth’ about his death.” (cue sinister music) Co-creator Jed Whedon says, “We can’t wait to pull the curtain back on that, but we’re going to take our time.” If I had to guess, this means we’re going to get bread crumbs littered throughout the season, and then perhaps in the season finale there will be a huge cliffhanger related to his resurrection.
Hit the jump for more reveals about the upcoming series including how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will relate to the Marvel movies.
The most surprising revelation in EW’s article about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is that the series doesn’t simply pick up where The Avengers left off. “We plan on trying to weave in between the films and try to make them more rewarding on both ends,” explains Whedon. In fact, the pilot “will pick up a storyline that’s familiar from one of the Marvel hits—and it’s not The Avengers.” That doesn’t mean it will take place before The Avengers. It sounds like it will take an unexplored side road presented in an earlier movie. Whedon also says that they’re also trying to make sure that some of the more obsessive audience members aren’t always complaining about “Why don’t they just call Iron Man?” That awareness will exist says Whedon, “but they do have their own lives.”
Moving on, there’s been speculation that J. August Richards (Angel) plays Rage in the pilot. Fans should expect that question and a few others to be addressed during the Comic-Con panel. “We’ll finally be able to answer some questions,” says co-creator Maurissa Tancharoen. “Though I’m sure we’ll have to stay on the vague end of the spectrum.” That could get really annoying really fast, but there will also be some video so it won’t be an hour and fifteen minutes of panelists being coy. You can definitely fit the pilot into that time frame, and showing a pilot as part of a panel isn’t an uncommon occurrence.
Finally, S.H.I.E.L.D. will have a respectable budget to do convincing effects, but it benefits from having superheroes at the periphery rather than the center. “The magic of television is that it’s about characters,” says Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb, “and fortunately that’s also what Marvel is also about. We’re not built around a cape and a cowl.” Sharp-dressed agents at the forefront should be just fine.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be on Tuesdays this fall on ABC.