First Poster and Synopsis for New ABC Series MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER

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In addition to renewing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC recently added another Marvel TV series to its 2014-15 season by way of Marvel’s Agent Carter, and now the first poster and synopsis for the show have arrived online.  We previously learned quite a bit about the plan for Agent Carter when we interviewed executive producers/screenwriters Christopher Markus and Steve McFeely, and this official synopsis confirms much of what they told us.  Set in 1946, the show follows Captain America’s Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) as she finds herself marginalized while working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) when the men return home from WWII.  We discovered in the Marvel One-Shot short film Agent Carter that the character will eventually go on to found S.H.I.E.L.D. with Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), but this initial season of the Agent Carter TV show will take place before that event.

Markus and McFeely told us that they envision a 10 or 13-episode first season, but an official number hasn’t yet been confirmed.  Hit the jump to check out the Agent Carter poster and synopsis.

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.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Executive Producers Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell Talk Slow-Burn Storytelling, Developing Deathlok, Cross-over Possibilities and More

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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 Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell talked about the velocity of their storytelling and why the show has been a slower burn, how they view the first half of the season as the first hour of a movie, that they wanted to make viewers care about these characters above everything else, how they approached developing Deathlok, whether something from the show could cross over to the films, how they put the storytelling first, and that they try to get something funny, sad, wondrous and beautiful into every episode.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Comic-Con: Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell Talk MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., How It Plays with the Marvel Universe, and the Importance of a Diverse Cast

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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.D.  Clark 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 Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell talked about how familiar audiences of the show will have to be with the Marvel universe, in order to enjoy it, how important it was to have a diverse cast to represent the diverse world that they’re representing, how and when Agent Coulson’s existence will be explained, and how the show will continue to entwine not only with the Marvel movies, but also all of the various Marvel mediums.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Jeph Loeb and Steven T. Seagle Talk MARVEL’S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, the Show’s Origins, Adding Falcon to the Team, and More

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The animated action-adventure series Marvel’s Avengers Assemble tells the story of the world’s most well-known superhero team – Iron Man (Adrian Pasdar), Hulk (Fred Tatasciore), Captain America (Roger Craig Smith), Thor (Travis Willingham), Hawkeye (Troy Baker) and Black Widow (Laura Bailey) – as they unite to battle super-villains that no single hero could conquer.  Training and living together in their new headquarters, Avengers Tower, the heroes must overcome their differences and learn to work together to defend the planet, while also training their newest and youngest recruit, Falcon (Bumper Robinson).

During this recent interview to promote the show’s premiere on Disney XD, executive producer Jeph Loeb (who is Head of Television for Marvel) and writer/co-executive producer Steven T. Seagle (who co-founded Man of Action Studios) talked about how this show came about and came together, the challenges of doing an animated series of this size and scope, how much they draw from the Marvel universe when writing scripts, why they decided to add Falcon to The Avengers team, that other characters from the Marvel universe will slip in as the series goes along, how the voice cast informs and shapes the stories they tell, and whether Stan Lee will have any involvement with this show.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Confirmed for Comic-Con; Joss Whedon to Appear

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While it was a bit of a no-brainer, ABC has confirmed that the anticipated new series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will indeed have a panel at Comic-Con next month.  Executive producer/writer/director Joss Whedon will appear alongside Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb on the panel, which is also a strong indicator that Whedon will make an appearance during Marvel’s Hall H panel as well.  While the studio’s big movie panel will likely focus on Thor 2 and Captain America 2, I wouldn’t be surprised if the full character lineup for The Avengers 2 is revealed during the presentation.  Either way, Collider will be at Comic-Con in full force to bring you extensive coverage from all the panels.  Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.

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. 

First Look at Marvel Animation’s Debut Feature IRON MAN AND HULK: HEROES UNITED

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Marvel Animation Studios is teaming up the Hulk and Iron Man for its debut feature, Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United.  A blend of computer-generated and hand-drawn animation, the film will feature the heroes battling Zzzax, an abomination formed of pure energy with the ability to absorb human minds.  Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) will voice Tony Stark/Iron Man, Fred Tatasciore (Ultimate Spider-Man) voices Bruce Banner/Hulk and Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad) will voice the villainous Zzzax.  Marvel’s executive vice president of television, Jeph Loeb, is overseeing the project.

Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United will debut on home video April 23rd.  Hit the jump to check out the first images and to see what Loeb had to say about the film and future projects.

Comic-Con: Marvel Animation Panel Teases HULK and AVENGERS Series, Plus Spider-Ham

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Reboots have been all the rage in Hollywood for years, but until this morning I don’t think I had ever seen or heard of a reboot of a Comic-Con panel.  Last time on Marvel Animation Panel, Jeph Loeb took to the stage and made hammy joke after hammy joke as he showed off previews of a slew of upcoming Marvel-branded animated programming for Disney’s popular XD lineup.  This year he returned to the Con and brought pretty much the exact same shows, in almost the exact same order.  Only now, there’s footage.  And as with the new The Amazing Spider-Man film, even without the novelty of a first time experience, this reboot panel was better than the first take.

Loeb showed off footage from Marvel Mashups, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Avenger’s Assemble, various Marvel Knights projects and even a full episode of Ultimate Spider-Man.  Hit the jump for details on the footage, a recap of the panel and Spider-Ham!

Marvel Develops New HULK and AVENGERS Animated Series

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Not content merely to dominate the box office and the comic book world, Marvel is now setting its sights on TV. On the heels of Disney XD’s announcement that the Ultimate Spider-Man (the network’s highest rated animated series) would be picked up for a second season, the new Marvel Animation Studios is gearing up for an ambitious lineup of comic-inspired series, including Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble.

For more on the project and an interview with the Marvel’s head of television, hit the jump.

Executive Producers Jeph Loeb and Joe Quesada Talk Disney XD Series ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, THE AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES and More

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In the Disney XD animated action-adventure series Ultimate Spider-Man, premiering from Marvel Animation on April 1st, 16-year-old Peter Parker (voiced by Drake Bell) has been saving New York City from villains as his alter-ego Spider-Man for the past year while juggling his life at Midtown High School with best friends Mary-Jane Watson (voiced by Tara Strong) and Harry Osborn (voiced by Matt Lanter), who are both unaware of his secret identity. Still in need of the discipline to best utilize his gifts, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (voiced by Chi McBride) offers Spidey the chance to train with the best and plants Agent Coulson (voiced by Clark Gregg) as the school principal to keep a watchful eye and him and four other teenage superheroes, including Nova, White Tiger, Power Man and Iron Fist.

During this recent interview to promote the new Marvel Universe series, executive producers Jeph Loeb (Head of Marvel Television) and Joe Quesada (Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment) talked about what makes Marvel stories easily recognizable, the tone they wanted to go for with this latest Spider-Man show and establishing the aesthetic they wanted for the show. They also talked about the possibility of releasing all the episodes of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in one Blu-ray package, and the status if the live-action series Marvel currently has in development like The Incredible Hulk, aka Jessica Jones, Mockingbird and Cloak and Dagger.  Check out what they had to say after the jump:

Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb Gives Updates on THE INCREDIBLE HULK, AKA JESSICA JONES and THE PUNISHER TV Series

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One of the executive producers of Ultimate Spider-Man for Marvel Universe on Disney XD, Jeph Loeb is the Emmy-nominated and Eisner Award-winning writer and producer who is currently the Executive Vice President and Head of Marvel Television, responsible for all live-action comedy and drama, as well as animation. So, when we spoke with him earlier today about the compelling new action-adventure animated series, featuring a teenage Peter Parker (voiced by Drake Bell) juggling the challenges of high school with being a superhero, we were curious about an update on the status of the live-action series that he currently has in development.

While we will run what he had to say about the new animation series, closer to its April 1st premiere, we did want to post what he had to say about how The Hulk, Aka Jessica Jones and The Punisher are coming along for ABC, as well as the development of Mockingbird and Cloak and Dagger for ABC Family. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Warner Home Video formally announces SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE as DC Universe Animated Original Movie coming Sept. 28, 2010

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Fans of the direct to DVD animated films from DC/Warner have another reason to rejoice. Following next month’s release of Batman: Under The Red Hood, the follow up will be Superman/Batman Apocalypse. Based on the DC Comics series/graphic novel Superman/Batman: Supergirl by Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is produced by animation legend Bruce Timm and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist).  Hit the jump for the high resolution cover art and the press release – which offers a lot more info on the release:

Writer Jeph Loeb Named Head of New Division, Marvel Television

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Marvel is taking steps in retaining and overseeing complete creative control over its characters and Jeph Loeb is reaping the benefits. Today, Heat Vision is reporting that Marvel has chosen the multiple Eisner-award winning writer to be the head of its newly created television division – known as, you guessed it, Marvel Television. According to the report, Loeb (who is best known by comic enthusiasts for his work on DC Comics titles such as Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman/The Spirit, Batman: Hush, and Superman for All Seasons) will apparently “oversee the translation of Marvel’s popular characters and stories to the television medium, in both live-action and animated formats.”

While his trophy room may be largely decorated with comic-related awards, Loeb is certainly no stranger to television either. Hit the jump for a look at some of his television endeavors as well as some of his previous work with Marvel characters.

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