Jed Whedon, co-creator of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., says the show is going into Season 2 as an underdog, and he’s looking forward to it. There’s heartache and more twists in store for Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team when S.H.I.E.L.D. returns September 23.
Season 1 of the ABC show was strategically planned around a certain HYDRA bomb that was dropped partway through, courtesy of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Whedon and co-creator Maurissa Tancharoen, who had been alerted to the HYDRA problem by Joss Whedon, felt they handled this surprise reveal well in the S.H.I.E.L.D. storyline. Whether additional tie-ins to the Marvel Cinematic Universe will come along down the road remains to be seen, but for now, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is excited to explore more of the after effects of Coulson’s resurrection.
Gregg said of the character that he never expected to become a fan favorite let alone be miraculously revived, given his own team, and then be made head of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s a lot for a guy in a smart suit and sunglasses to take in.
Season 2 is upping the ante as more information was released at the panel about Lucy Lawless’ upcoming arc on the show. Isabelle Hartly was revealed to be her character’s name, and that she keeps a knife with her at all times, possibly rivaling Ming Na’s Melinda May in the bad ass department.
Intel was also dropped about the season’s Big Bad, a role that belongs to none other than Reed Diamond of 24 fame. Diamond is set to play Daniel Whitehall, known as Kraken in Secret Warriors. Also joining the cast alongside Diamond is Nick Blood as Lance Hunter.
In addition to S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel also has Agent Carter on the small screen horizon. Starring Hayley Atwell as the titular woman, the series will follow her character as she balances her day-to-day office work with S.H.I.E.L.D. missions with Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). Atwell calls the role a “dream come true” and looks forward to filling the gaps in Carter’s history between the One Shot, Agent Carter, and the old woman Steve Rogers visits in The Winter Soldier.
The panel shared that they have lined up the first four directors of the new series. Lou D’Esposito is directing the pilot. The Russo Bros, the Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors, will be directing episodes two and three. Rounding out the directors announced is Joe Johnston, director of first Captain America movie, who has expressed interest in directing episode 4.
Marvel’s Agent Carter begins shooting in September and is set to premiere in January 2015. As for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, they will return to the air on September 23 at a new time, 9pm EST.
Check out some photos of the cast below!
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