Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at the 2013 Summer TCAs

  • By Steve Dove

Several of the cast and creators of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took to the stage at the Television Critics Association's Summer Press Tour to talk about the show and tell everyone a bit more about what they can expect when the series premieres TUESDAY SEP 24 8|7c on ABC. While there are still plenty of secrets still left—S.H.I.E.L.D. is a spy organization after all—here are 5 new details you may not have heard yet.

Not All Heroes are Super

Sure, they may be super-spies, but the Agents are not "Super Heroes." When asked about creating the show, excecutive producer Joss Whedon replied, "The thing that appealed to me was the idea of the people who don't have the super powers. Everybody matters. The people that get shoved to the side in a giant epic movie that only lasts for two hours can step into the spotlight."

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Agent Phil Coulson is Back, but There's More to the Story

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will remember that Agent Coulson was seemingly killed during the events of the blockbuster Marvel's The Avengers. With Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. taking place after the events of the film, the circumstances behind his apparent resurrection will remain mysterious. According to the producers, the explanation of Coulson's return will be teased out over the course of episodes, but it's certain to be worth the wait. Clark Gregg told the crowd that, "When [executive producer] Joss [Whedon] explained to me what Coulson doesn't know about what happened, I hung up the phone and was completely on-board." So are we, Clark!

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The Agents Can Travel

Don't expect Coulson's team to just stay stateside. The team has everything it needs to address threats and protect humanity all over the globe, and the cast and creators are anxious to demonstrate that.

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"A Challenge Every Week"

When asked about what the show will be like every week, writer and executive producer Jed Whedon responded, "There will be a challenge every week." They're going to try and hit a new thing every week. But there will be overarching mythology. Joss added, "Every week, it's not going to be some new hero. It could be a device, or a mystery, or anything." They want to switch it up and deal with every aspect—the heartfelt stuff, the spy stuff, everything.

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There's a Brand New Official Poster

The last bit of news is that fans can help unlock an all new official poster for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by following along with the cast and creators on Twitter and Retweeting. Clark Gregg kicked things off right after the panel with this Tweet. Once it gets 3,000 Retweets, Ming-Na Wen will unlock the next piece and it'll keep unlocking as fans get to it on Twitter.

We'll keep you posted on any more updates and get you ready for the series premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TUESDAY SEP 24 8|7c on ABC.


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