With just over one month until Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuts on ABC, the series creators have begun making the press rounds. Executive producers Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon, who wrote the pilot script with Joss Whedon, revealed that the show is similar to The X-Files format. Here's what Jed Whedon had to say about these self-contained episodes.
"It's a little bit like the 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]. Yeah, we definitely don't want anybody ever to watch an episode and have to have watched all the others. That's definitely a goal of ours. But we think there's a way to do that, [similarly to] the way that they've done it with [Marvel films] where it's just a better experience if you have been keeping track. And also we're pretty sure that we will be asking enough interesting questions that people will want to hear the answers. At least that's our goal."
Maurissa Tancharoen spoke about how the show follows Marvel's The Avengers, and how the entire world has changed because of it.
"S.H.I.E.L.D.'s job is a lot harder now that people saw the battle of New York [in Marvel's The Avengers]. They saw an alien portal onto our universe. They saw a huge battle in the streets of New York with aliens and a big green monsters and a God. Yeah, and so there are consequences to that. People are rattled and yeah, so that's what will be explored."
Jed Whedon also spoke about the inclusion of "magic" into this world
"And so we will deal with two scientists facing things like a hammer that only one guy can pick up and trying to piece that together in their minds and get a grip on a world that doesn't make sense."
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In addition, we also have a press release from the U.K. network Channel 4, which will air the series in Great Britain this fall, shortly after it's U.S. debut.
Channel 4 has acquired the UK premiere broadcast rights to Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the hotly anticipated new series from Marvel Television and ABC Studios. The series will premiere on Channel 4 in autumn, soon after its launch on the ABC network in the US.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is Marvel's first live-action television series about the worldwide law enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D. Behind the production is US producer, director and co-writer Joss Whedon, creator of the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse and director of the movie Marvel's The Avengers.
Clark Gregg (Marvel's Iron Man and (500) Days of Summer) returns in his role of Agent Phil Coulson from feature film Marvel's The Avengers. Coulson assembles a small, highly select group of Agents to investigate the new, the strange and the unknown from across the globe protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.
Coulson's team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton - Blue Bloods, Army Wives), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen - ER, "Eureka"), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker - The Fades, In Fear), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge - Hollyoaks, Shelter), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker, Skye (Chloe Bennet - Nashville, Intercept).
Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer, Jay Hunt had this to say.
"Like the Super Hero universe from which it has come, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is big, bold and absolutely exhilarating. Featuring the production values you'd expect from Marvel and ABC Studios, this is family entertainment at its most exciting."
Catherine Powell, SVP & GM, Media Distribution, The Walt Disney Company, EMEA had this to say.
"This stand-out series has universal appeal with the excitement and thrilling action we have come to expect from Marvel, brought to life by a superb cast playing fantastic characters. It's terrific news for viewers that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is launching on Channel 4."