Joss Whedon Says Some Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Scripts Made Him Tear Up

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joss whedonWe’re just a few days away from the highly anticipated series premiere of ABC and Marvel‘s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The pilot was written and directed by Joss Whedon, and from all reviews we’ve seen it’s supposed to be incredible. Filming for the rest of the season is well underway and we’re starting to get a few details about what’s coming up. Whedon recently spoke with the folks at Marvel about the series and what his final thoughts are before the rest of us get to see the first episode. The director said some of the things he’s seen has brought him close to tears.

Whedon said the pilot was fun, but now the real work starts. The rest of the season has to live up to the hype and anticipation of the pilot if they hope to succeed. The writer/director thinks it will be able to do that. At least one script got the geek icon a little misty eyed:

We have just started shooting again. Now it really starts because the pilot was a ton of fun, but the real pressure is can they keep it up? Can they find that heart? Can they get the big, epic stuff going? Episode 2 is a lot more frightening than episode 1.

We’re still sort of jockeying through the different stories, but I’ve already read at least one script, just in its outline form, actually made me tear up. We’re just finding out who these guys are and just trying to mine that vein of how much they matter in this world where it seems like nobody but the heroes do.

The king of comic book movies once again confirmed that he won’t be writing or directing for the rest of the season, but he is still very involved with the production. The Marvel godfather’s job is made easier thanks to the group with which he has surrounded himself. His brother and sister-in-law (Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen) are the showrunners and some familar Whedonverse directors will be along for the ride as well:

My influence is really at the beginning, the ethos of the thing, and then the various levels: outline, scripts, cuts. Obviously we’re working with some directors we’ve worked with before that we really trust and like.

The pilot looks to be spectacular, and what we’ve heard about the rest of the episodes along with recent set pictures makes it seem like it will be able to maintain the quality level set with the pilot. What do you think about Whedon‘s comments? Are your expectations for Tuesday’s pilots high?


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