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.


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Yesterday, Walt Disney Company CEO and Chairman Robert Iger told investors that Captain America: The Winter Soldier will “set critical events in motion” that lead to The Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Admittedly, this isn’t Earth-shattering news, but it’s good to have the confirmation.  Even though Winter Soldier will be followed on the calendar by Guardians of the Galaxy, the two worlds don’t click together as well as Guardians did with Thor: The Dark WorldThe Wrap also reports that Iger also said events in the second Captain America would “be reflected” in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which would be exciting except we already got that bait-and-switch with Thor 2.  If you missed that episode, you didn’t really miss anything, much like the rest of the series.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in 3D on April 4th, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.

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.

Stan Lee to Play “Big Role” in Upcoming Episode of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Is it really a “Marvel” movie without Stan Lee?  His cameos may not be a good luck charm, but they’re usually a fun moment when handled correctly (otherwise, they’re a distraction).  But he’s going to get more than a cameo on a Marvel product that more than needs his help.  The celebrated comics writer and Marvel mascot will be swinging by ABC’s ailing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Lee tells THR that he’ll have a “big role”.  The details of the role are unclear, but he’ll likely appear on an episode on February 4th.  That’s still subject to change, but a February date wouldn’t surprise me considering that it’s sweeps.

Hit the jump to see Lee with several members of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast.  The show returns tonight with all new episodes.  And if you can’t get enough Lee, he’s starring in the animated movie Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, “in which he mentors a group of superheroes while writing about their adventures in comic books.”  The movie premieres on Hub Network on February 1st at 8pm.

Is the Agent Coulson on AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. a Clone or Life Model Decoy?

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Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) became a much beloved character over the course of Marvel’s Phase One, and that’s why his death in The Avengers was such a gut punch.  Joss Whedon has never shied away from killing fan favorite characters, but he also makes sure those deaths mean something.  When it was revealed that Coulson would lead Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it built in the mystery of how he came back.  It’s a mystery that’s supposed to be teased out over the course of the show (I assume they’ll explain it at the end of the first season because any longer and it will become tiresome), but I already have a theory about his resurrection.

The Phil Coulson we’re seeing on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t exactly the same Phil Coulson from Phase One.  Hit the jump for more.

Cobie Smulders Introduces MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Premise in New Promo

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ABC has released a new promo for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Cobie Smulders makes an appearance to bridge from The Avengers to the new show: “The Battle of New York was the end of the world.  This is the new world.”  That launches into new footage of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team in action, scored by “Soldier’s Angel.”  Guns and helicopters are nice, but since I was always going to check out S.H.I.E.L.D., I am ready to see how Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen arc out the series in the long form—not to mention episodes full of the pepper dialogue I expect from a Whedon show.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 24 at 8pm on ABC.  Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge star.  Watch the new spot after the break.

New Images from Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Feature Stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen and More

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We’re only about a month away from the premiere of ABC’s new Marvel series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so these new character images will help you get acquainted (as do these video promos that you may have missed).  These “badass casual” posters feature stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge, who will form the highly-skilled team that protects the ordinary world from extraordinary events.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on Tuesday, September 24th at 8pm (EST).

Joss Whedon’s Talks AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.; Compares It to “The Zeppo” from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

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I don’t watch much TV.  I’m die-hard about a handful of shows, and if something I’m not watching really catches on, I’ll get on board.  But one of my must-see shows of the fall is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  I don’t expect it to be excellent right off the bat, but I like the premise and I’ll watch anything if Joss Whedon‘s involved even if he’s not the showrunner.  But he has become one of the go-to voices of the Marvel Movie (and now TV) Universe, and he recently talked about what he finds appealing about the series.

Hit the jump for more.  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on Tuesday, September 24th at 8pm (EST).

Samuel L. Jackson Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and Nick Fury’s Approach to Different Characters

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When Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out in April, Samuel L. Jackson will have been in six of Marvel’s eight movies.  As S.H.I.E.L.D. head Nick Fury, he’s the glue that can tie any of the movies together.  Fury is the guy who always knows what’s going on, and has to be, if not the smartest person in the room, then definitely the most duplicitous.  In The Winter Soldier, Fury will play a major role in navigating/manipulating Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) into the shadowy world of espionage where Captain America’s moral compass will be challenged by the complexities of the present day.

In a recent interview, Jackson talked about the side of Nick Fury we’ll see in The Winter Soldier, how the character interacts with others, his desire to be a presence on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.

New Promos for Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Networks are preparing to unleash their fall shows, and ABC has one of the most-anticipated with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  The network has released two new, vastly different promos.  The first is Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) briefly and dryly describing the other main characters.  You can almost hear Gregg groaning at the terrible copy.  The other promo is a standard TV spot that does a much better job of quickly explaining the premise and showing off a bit of the action.  It’s the one that makes September feel much further away.

Hit the jump to check out the promos.  The series also stars Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth HenstridgeAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on Tuesday, September 24th at 8pm (EST).

New Poster for Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.; Joss Whedon Provides More Details about the Series

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The fall TV season will fast be upon us, and superhero geeks will likely be turning their attention to ABC’s new series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  The expectations will be high, but I also assume there will be more patience with the show as it has to go through the standard motions of introducing the characters, the world, and trying to draw in an audience beyond genre fans.  This is network television, and being niche isn’t good enough.  That means an emphasis on case-of-the-week storytelling with little bits of character arcs and perhaps a larger story sprinkled throughout.

Hit the jump for what executive producer and pilot director Joss Whedon had to say about the show at the recent Television Critics Association press tour, and also see a poster featuring the eponymous Agents standing in front of a giant door.  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 24th at 8pm on ABC.

35 New Images from the Pilot for Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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A couple weeks ago, Marvel showed off their pilot for the highly-anticipated new series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Today, they’ve released plenty of new images, and some that could be considered slight spoilers for fans who would enjoy a pleasant surprise when they see the pilot.  But for the most part, these are images of lead actors Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge.

Hit the jump to check out the images (I’ve put the ones that could be considered spoilers near the end).  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 24th at 8:00pm EST on ABC.


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For those of us not lucky enough to be at San Diego Comic Con this year and see all of the panels for ourselves, here are the full videos for some of the television panels that were live blogged and tweeted but that have not, until now, been able to be seen by all.  It’s finally time to check out some of those awesome surprises from the Game of Thrones panel, and get hyped seeing the Breaking Bad cast together in anticipation of the series’ final few episodes that will start airing next month.

Hit the jump for all of the videos, including for The Walking Dead, The X-Files 20th Anniversary Reunion Panel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Community, Sherlock, Hannibal, Teen Wolf, and Veronica Mars.  Don’t forget to click these links for live recaps along with many others which also include information about footage shown at the Con that’s not available online.

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.

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