[TV] Producers Of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Compare It To The X-Files Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.22.2013
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, executive producers of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., compared the show to The X-Files. Here are highlights:
Tancharoen on making the show deeper and giving the characters growth: "Well, I think our tagline is "Not all heroes are super," and we say it a lot, but it's about the real people living in this extraordinary universe. We're going to dive deeper into that. Our team of six, they are real people without superpowers, and they operate within this big, government-like organization; and week to week, they'll come up against these threats and challenges that are beyond what we're able to handle. Everyone has the question, "How do you make a Marvel show on television when the expectations are so high with what you've seen in the movies and stuff?" But I think when you boil down the show, at its core it's about being human, and that's something everyone can relate to."
Whedon on if there will be a Big Bad for the season: "Yeah, one of the things that, you know, we've talked about just initially getting into it is, as you start it, you want to tell these self-contained stories. It's a little bit like the "X-Files" model: You can come each week and see [that episode] and not have seen everything, but if you have, it's a richer experience. And as we move forward, those things will start to weave together more and more. But we do want to always have every episode have its own beginning, middle and end, and feel like its own [thing]."
Tancharoen on if they were limited by making it family friendly: "We don't feel limited thus far. And I do feel like, because this is Marvel's first live-action show, it feels like people are a little bit more open to the darkness and exploring certain themes."