PaleyFest 2014: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Jeph Loeb, Jeffrey Bell, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen Talk AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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For more than 30 years, PaleyFest has held panel sessions and screenings that connect the worldwide community of television fans with the casts and creators of their favorite TV shows.  One of the panels was to celebrate the ABC television series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with its cast and creative team.  Collider was there to attend the panel, and we’ve compiled some of the highlights.

During the presentation, executive producers Jeph Loeb, Jeffrey Bell, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, along with actors Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen, talked about how this show originally evolved, how they conceived the characters that make up this team, already knowing how Season 2 and Season 3 will end, how Agent Coulson on the TV show is different from Agent Coulson in the movies, the show’s jaw-dropping surprises, that there are seven episodes left, that the events in Captain America: The Winter Solider will affect things in the April 8th episode, that Rocket Racoon and Scarlett Witch are welcome on the plane, that Bill Paxton’s Agent Garrett will return this season, whether some of the S.H.I.E.L.D. cast could appear in the upcoming Netflix series, and how there’s still no official pick-up yet for Season 2.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen Talk Deathlok, Bill Paxton’s Character, Lady Sif, and More on the Set of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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As part of the TCA Press Tour, we were invited out to the super-secret filming location for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., to discuss new characters, exciting upcoming storylines, and possibilities for the remainder of the season, which returns to ABC with new episodes on February 4th.  While there, we got to preview the already announced Stan Lee cameo and get glimpses of Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) battling Asgard villain Lorelei (played by Elena Satine), Mike Peterson’s (J. August Richards) transformation to Deathlok, and the introduction of Agent John Garret (Bill Paxton).  If those clips were any indication, things are about to get bigger, more explosive and even more connected to the Marvel universe.

While onboard the CXD 23 Airborne Mobile Command Station, executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen talked about the biggest struggle in making this show, why they wanted to delay the full integration of characters from the Marvel universe, what viewers can expect from Bill Paxton’s character, how long they’ve been planning the Mike Peterson’s transformation to Deathlok, how Lady Sif will cross paths with this S.H.I.E.L.D. team, that the reveal of what happened to Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) was meant to raise more questions about what may have also happened to him, where things are at with Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) and Agent May (Ming-Na Wen), the process they have to go through before they can integrate any character from the Marvel universe, and the likelihood that they’ll end the season on a cliffhanger.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Bill Paxton Joining AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. for Multi-Episode Arc

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If you’re still watching Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., then you are, in the words of Stan Lee, a “true believer”.  You’re also going to have some Bill Paxton headed your way.  TV Guide reports that he’ll be guest-starring in at least four episodes of the beleaguered series starting in late February or early March.  Paxton will play Agent John Garrett, “a rough-and-tumble former cohort of Agent Coulson [Clark Gregg] with a little bit of attitude and cigar-smoking swagger,” says executive producer Jed Whedon.  Fellow executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen adds that Garrett “is the type who wants to stay out in the field no matter how high-level he gets,” and he’ll be joining the show “in a very surprising way.”

Hit the jump for the first image of Paxton from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and to learn how his character will differ from the comics.  Paxton will be seen on the big screen later this year in Million Dollar Arm, Nightcrawler, and Edge of Tomorrow.

Showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon Talk MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., Their Two-Year Plan, Easter Eggs, and More

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One of the most talked about freshman TV shows is the ABC drama Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With Clark Gregg reprising his role as Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, the team of highly select Agents investigate the new, the strange and the unknown, across the globe, in order to protect the ordinary from the extraordinary.  The show also stars Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge and Chloe Bennet.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producers/writers Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon talked about what it’s like to do a show with such a crazy level of secrecy, having a solid two-year plan for the series, finding a balance between drawing on the already existing Marvel universe and creating their own characters, including Easter eggs, what it’s like to run a show of this size, their hope that Cobie Smulders will return, especially now that she’s wrapping things up on How I Met Your Mother this season, the possibility of bringing in some other familiar faces from the Whedonverse, and Jed’s desire to direct an episode.  They also talked about how surprised they’ve been with the lasting success of Dr. Horrible, and how they still hope to make a sequel, some day.

Comic-Con: Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen Talk MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Franchise Rules, and Connection to IRON MAN 3

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One of the most highly anticipated shows of the upcoming fall TV season is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.DClark Gregg reprises his role as Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents, who together will investigate the new, the strange and the unknown, across the globe, in order to protect the ordinary from the extraordinary.  The show also stars Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge and Chloe Bennet.

While at Comic-Con to debut the show’s pilot for fans, executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, who co-write the pilot, talked about the biggest challenges in adapting the Marvel universe on a TV budget, finding a nice balance between stand-alone episodes and mythology, the rules and guidelines that Marvel has set, making the show accessible for people who aren’t familiar with the Marvel universe, connecting the Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) character to Iron Man 3, whether any costumed characters will ever show up, and just how far ahead they’ve plotted their story arc.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

New Details about AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.; Will Weave Between the Movies; J. August’s Richard’s Character to Be Revealed at Comic-Con

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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.

Clark Gregg Talks S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series, the Return of Agent Coulson and How It’ll be Explained, Could He Be in Future Marvel Movies, and More

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“Coulson Lives”.  Clark Gregg, who has been doing terrific work throughout his career, finally found a devoted fan following for his beloved performance as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson.  A minor character who still managed to steal scenes with only a few lines, Coulson really got to stand out in The Avengers, and his death left fans reeling.  Then a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series was announced, and it turned out Coulson wasn’t quite so dead after all.  Fans rejoiced, and while a pilot for the show has been filmed, details are still scarce.  Now that Coulson is back in the world of the living, Gregg spoke with Steve at WonderCon about joining the TV series, how it will explain Coulson’s return, working with a smaller budget, and if Coulson will come back to the movies.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Production Wraps on Pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D.

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In late January, we reported that filming had begun on the pilot for Marvel’s TV series, S.H.I.E.L.D.  Production on the pilot has now wrapped according to co-executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen who is co-showrunning with her husband Jed WhedonJoss Whedon co-wrote and directed the pilot, and I’m not surprised that filming has already wrapped since TV tends to shoot quickly.  Although ABC hasn’t officially picked up the series, I would be shocked if it didn’t get an order for at least 13 episodes.  There’s too much talent behind the camera, and too large of a built-in audience.  If The Walking Dead can pull in 13.2 million viewers, imagine what a Marvel series could do.

Hit the jump to check out Tancharoen’s tweeted image of the wrapped production.  S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Tain De Caestecker, and Brett Dalton.

S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series Pilot Begins Filming, Launches Social Network Accounts and Releases First Images

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Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. series pilot has officially started filming today and the first images and bits of news are already starting to leak out.  Though the series has yet to be ordered to anything beyond the pilot, ABC’s executives are optimistic that the show will become the small-screen version of Marvel’s theatrical success.  In addition to production beginning behind-the-scenes, S.H.I.E.L.D. has also launched a variety of social networking accounts that will allow fans to follow along with the show’s progress.

Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Tain De Caestecker and Brett Dalton, the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot should air on ABC this fall.  Hit the jump for more.

Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series to Star Ming-Na Wen in Lead Role

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It looks like Ming-Na Wen (ER) will be joining Clark Gregg (The Avengers) as a lead role in ABC’s television series, Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.  We previously reported that Gregg would return to the franchise’s famous security organization as Agent Coulson, albeit on the small screen this time.  Wen will play Agent Melinda May, an ace pilot and weapons expert who often goes beyond the call of duty, but is showing signs of mental fatigue due to her combat experiences. With Joss Whedon on board to write the co-write the pilot script, you can expect a powerful and dynamic character in May and a more-than-capable actor to bring her to life in Wen.  Hit the jump for more.

AVENGERS’ Agent Phil Coulson to Be Featured in Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series

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You may have already heard the exciting news out of New York Comic-Con, but Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb announced today that Clark Gregg will reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson in the S.H.I.E.L.D. series.  We don’t know much about how he’ll fit into the plot, other than Gregg will appear in the pilot at least.  Those of you who have seen The Avengers know the fate of Coulson’s character, so it will be interesting to see how he’s featured in the television show.  Hit the jump for more regarding Gregg’s addition to the S.H.I.E.L.D. series. 

New Character Descriptions for Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D.-based Series

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Joss Whedon is developing (as in writing and directing) a live-action pilot for ABC that will focus on S.H.I.E.L.D., the peacekeeping group known well to viewers of the Avengers and its many tie-in movies, as well as (of course) the Marvel comics.  The team for the covert organization that is the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division is lead by Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson in the films), but Whedon has a whole new cast of characters for the potential television series, which he has teased in the past.  Hit the jump for details.

ABC Orders S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot from Marvel; Joss Whedon Will Co-Write and Possibly Direct [UPDATED]

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While Disney and Marvel’s The Avengers has owned movie screens this year, ABC is looking to bring the peacekeepers of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the small screen.  The network (owned by Disney) has greenlit a live-action pilot to showcase the Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate (or is it the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division?).  And who better to co-write and possibly direct the pilot than the man behind The Avengers, Joss Whedon himself.  Whedon will of course be spearheading The Avengers 2, as well as being involved with other features in the Marvel universe.  Hit the jump for much more on the first live-action Marvel TV project to be greenlit. [Updated: We've added quotes from Whedon after the jump.]

Neil Patrick Harris Says DR. HORRIBLE 2 May Be a Feature Film

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Made in five days with almost no budget, Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog became an Internet sensation.  With catchy songs and funny performances from Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, and Neil Patrick Harris as the title character, it’s not difficult to see why it caught on so quickly.

Now sequel plans are in the works.  Speaking with MTV, Harris revealed that Whedon, brothers Zack and Jed, and Maurissa Tancharoen would like to make Dr. Horrible 2 a feature film, but nothing is set in stone at this point.  Harris points out that they don’t want to make a huge blockbuster feature, but also not something so cheap that it wouldn’t be worth it to send it to theaters.  He also made the point that the three leads have to manage a potential sequel with Harris on How I Met Your Mother, Fillion on Castle, and Day as the writer, producer, and star of the online series The Guild.

Hit the jump to check out the video of the interview and a synopsis of the original musical.

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