Joss Whedon Talks Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cameos And Shares His Thoughts On Batman Vs. Superman
Last night Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took part in a panel for the Television Critics Association, with the cast and crew ending the evening by unveiling a new poster for the show over Twitter (click here for that). The folks at Crave Online caught up with writer/director/man about town Joss Whedon to talk about his job as the Marvel godfather as well as what he thinks about the distinguished competition’s recently announced film.
Let’s get Whedon‘s comments about Batman vs. Superman out of the way first. Whedon has a history with DC/WB, having written a Wonder Woman script for them that obviously never got made. The writer had nothing but nice things to say about Zack Snyder‘s upcoming film:
You know, I got excited. I only heard about it, was busy doing this when they announced it, but it sounds cool to me.
Avengers: Age of Ultron and the Batman/Superman flick will both be released in 2015. Whedon might have a few more things to say as we get closer to the two films facing off at the box office.
On to the world of Marvel, Whedon played coy when asked how exactly Agent Phil Coulson was brought back from the dead for the S.H.I.E.L.D. show. On a life model decoy seeming like an obvious answer to that mystery:
Yes, it does. I don’t say anything because I’m not going to confirm or deny anybody’s ideas. I’ve heard a dozen ideas, more than a dozen. Somebody at some point is going to be right, but I’m never going to say when that happens. I’m not even going to blink.
Whedon wrote and directed the first episode, but he won’t be having such a noticeable hand in the rest of the season. He will still be involved in the everyday workings, he just won’t be in the writer’s room and behind the camera. Whedon on what it’s like to be in charge of a TV show where he’s not the primary showrunner:
It is weirdly refreshing. It was very important to me to get these guys. When we did “Dr. Horrible,” even when we worked on “Dollhouse,” we had a very much “finishing each other’s sentences” thing. Not just Jed [Whedon], Maurissa [Tancharoen] as well. I’m reading every script and every story and doing notes and rewrites. I’m doing all of the stuff. I just can’t be in the room every day. Knowing that I have a group who’s going to push it forward and share the sort of hard to convey idea of exactly how I want the show to feel, it’s a great relief. It’s why you do television. You build these families. You find people like Jed, Drew Goddard, Tim Minear who are going to take your vision and not just further it but enhance it in ways you couldn’t see coming.
The thing Whedon has been saying over and over since he first started talking about the show is that we probably won’t see a lot of the heroes from the films in the series. The show will focus on the average, ordinary people and how they deal with being in a world with hammer-wielding gods and giant green rage monsters. While that’s the main focus, it does now seem like some of the movie stars may pop up in the future. On seeing Cobie Smulders, Sam Jackson, or others turning up:
We’ve seen Cobie on the show. We would love to see her again. We’d love to see Sam too, but he’s a movie star and a workaholic so whether or not he’ll make time for us, I can’t say yet. I hope so.
[Is Whedon prepared to call up Jackson and the other stars?] I’m prepared insomuch as I think it’s a great idea for the show and a perfectly good idea for them. I’m not going to go begging and I’m not going to use up favors I need for Avengers 2. The DNA of the show is the show. Those guys would be a delightful bonus but we’re not building our arcs around them and we’ll see what happens.
You can read the entire chat with Whedon by clicking here. Sam Jackson has been gunning for a guest spot, or at least a voice role in the vein of Charlie’s Angels, for months now. He’s said he’s been telling everyone on the show he wants in. Hopefully he’s twisted Whedon‘s arm enough for it to happen. It’s exciting to hear that Whedon is a little more open to having the movie heroes appearing on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. For a while there it sounded like he was adamantly opposed to the idea. You don’t want it to turn into a show where you’re just watching and waiting to see Thor or Iron Man appear, but I think Whedon and company could handle it well and make it feel natural. What do you think about Whedon‘s comments? How do you think Coulson comes back?
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Source : Crave Online