Towelites! Without further ado…it’s time once again to round up the latest news and rumors surrounding Marvel Studios Phase 2!
Voted to be one of the most potentially successful TV shows ever, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airing this fall on ABC, is doing something that most studios have ever dreamed to do, cross platforms! I can’t wait to see how the show ties into the movies and I wonder what the theme will be when November rolls around! Entertainment Weekly has released a look at this week’s cover featuring Joss Whedon and his Level 7 team. Get ready for Whedon’s epic return to television.
“This is basically a TV series of ‘The Zeppo’ [episode of Buffy], which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a Buffy episode in order to star the person who mattered the least. The people who are ignored are the people I’ve been writing as my heroes from day one. There’s a world of superheroes and superstars, they’re celebrities, and that’s a complicated world — particularly complicated for people who don’t have the superpowers, the disenfranchised. Now obviously there’s going to be hijinks and hilarity and sex and gadgets and all the things that made people buy the comics. But that’s what the show really is about to me, and that’s what Clark Gregg embodies: the Everyman.”
The Huffington Post also caught up with show executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, you can check out the full interview by hitting the jump. They discussed how the show will be viewable week by week by both the uber-fan and the casual watcher. They even compare it to a familiar sci-fi property that we all know and love, check out the tidbit below:
Will there be a Big Bad for the season? Is that something we’ll see on this show: a villain having a big arc that grows, or will it be more mini-arcs or standalone episodes?
Tancharoen: I don’t think we can’t be too specific about that but yes, we will have —
Whedon: Recurring elements.
Tancharoen: Yes. There will be threats. How vague can we be? [laughs]
Whedon: 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].
Well, “X-Files” or “Lost” would also have straight-up, hardcore mythology episodes, too. There would be, like, five monsters-of-the-week episodes and then in the sixth, it would be much more about the bigger mythology.
Tancharoen: I’d say it’s similar to “X-Files.”
Whedon: 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.
Also during that same interview with EW, Whedon spoiled nerds with some Geekly tidbits about Avengers 2 and its protagonist Ultron!
“I knew right away what I wanted to do with him. “He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who’s a witch. As a character I love [Ultron], because he’s so pissed off.”
Even though I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that Hank Pym will not be in Avengers 2 and not have a part in the creation of Ultron, I am really looking forward to this movie. If Guardians of the Galaxy is successful and this movie is as well, then the future of the Marvel movie-verse is limitless. Ant-Man director, Edgar Wright, who’s movie At World’s End is in theaters right now, spoke recently with ThePlaylist and had the following to say about his upcoming Marvel Studios project!
“I think it’s funny…I wouldn’t say it has any of the comedy that is in my previous but I think it’ll be in a different vein. There’ll be less swearing in it.”
It’s place in the Marvel movie-verse….
“I think it’s just doing its own thing in the accepted history but it’s still part of the other movies and always was. In the time I’ve been working on it other things have happened in the other movies that could be affected in this. It is pretty standalone in the way we’re linking it to the others. I like to make it standalone because I think the premise of it needs time. I want to put the crazy premise of it into a real world, which is why I think Iron Man really works because it’s a relatively simple universe; it’s relatable. I definitely want to go into finding a streamlined format where you use the origin format to introduce the main character and further adventures can bring other people into it. I’m a big believer in keeping it relatively simple and Marvel agrees on that front.”
So make mine Marvel, Towelites!! Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday September 24th, Thor: The Dark World hits theaters on November 8th and Iron Man 3 makes its way to Bluray/DVD/Digital on September 24th. Coincidence? I think not!
Stay tooned 😛