Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Showrunners Promise Different Approach For Season Two
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.18.2014
There's no movie they have to wait on...
Executive producers Jeffrey Bell, Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon spoke with IGN this week about the upcoming second season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Check out some highlights below:
On how the show will progress with S.H.I.E.L.D. now in ruins
Jeffrey Bell: That's one of the things we're going to be exploring. Who's out there? Who went to Hydra? Who didn't? Who can we trust?
Maurissa Tancharoen: What does it mean to be the director of something that's fallen apart?
Bell: I mean, once we could say "Hydra" and there were double-crosses and spies in our midst, the show got really interesting. So continuing that with SHIELD and Coulson -- not willing to trust people, not willing to bring people in...
Jed Whedon: Right -- what happened too, because he doesn't have as many resources. We think we can keep that "Trust no one alive" [feel].
Tancharoen: And as Agent Coulson, I think it was very clear that he was the kind of man to leave no man behind. But now as director, I think we're going to explore, you know, maybe he has to make tougher decisions, harder calls.
Whedon: Last we saw them, they were being hunted. They were no one's friends. They're in a bit of a pickle when we find them.
On whether the show will have any tie-ins with Guardians of the Galaxy or Agent Carter
Whedon: You'll have to see the movie to know the answer to that question, but there's always a chance with any of the films and TV shows that something will happen.
Tancharoen: I don't necessarily think it's a protocol or anything like that. It's a very cool opportunity that we have. Marvel, their whole thing is "It's all connected." Do we connect with Carter? Do we connect with Guardians? Do we connect with anything else coming up? So, you know...
Whedon: And everything has to exist on its own so it can survive as its own property.
On where Agent Ward is now that he's been taken down
Tancharoen: He's in our custody.
Whedon: He's in the mix.
Bell: And we love who he's become. He's really fun. It's interesting to hear people [react]. Just today, "Tell me he and Skye are not going to end up together!"
Tancharoen: And there are people who say, "Tell me they will end up together!"
On the mid-season break, during which Agent Carter will air:
Tancharoen: When we break and go to Agent Carter, we're not going to leave you with something that is not satisfying.
Whedon: You will want to come back, is the goal. That's always the goal.
On whether there will be another big reveal tied to a Marvel film like Captain America: The Winter Soldier did
Whedon: Well, fortunately, there will not be a movie this year that comes out that destroys SHIELD. [Laughs] So our approach is definitely different this year. There's always that chance. [But] in terms of game changers, that's hard to beat.