Joss Whedon Presents Marvel's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
Genre poster boy Joss Whedon speaks on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The first synapse for a Marvel television show came from Disney CEO Bog Iger after watching the Marvel One-Shot, Item 47.
“Last spring, [Disney top executive] Bob Iger sent us some bonus footage from The Avengers, with a simple question, ‘Is there a show here? said ABC president Paul Lee. Reports say, Iger saw the Marvel short Item 47 and the impression it left on Disney's CEO was the genesis for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Standing on stage before the media at the ABC Upfront Joss Whedon began, "I’ll be brief. I was born…," to a smattering of chuckles that then turned into widespread laughter when he quickly deadpanned, "I wasn’t born. I was grown in a lab… and fed on Marvel Comics — and that turned out OK for me." Whedon kept the presentation moving, stating that "[The Avengers] worked because everyone felt included, " and said that he hopes to bring that same sense of inclusion to the new television show. On actor Clark Gregg, Whedon couldn't resist another joke, saying Gregg's "an actor so talented even I couldn’t kill him [so] I built S.H.I.E.L.D. around him."
Catch Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this Fall on ABC; Tuesdays at 8 PM.
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Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson's team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker, Skye (Chloe Bennet).
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s first television series, is from executive producers Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, who co-wrote the pilot (Dollhouse, Dr.Horrible's Sing-Along Blog). Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias) and Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Lost, Heroes) also serve as executive producers. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.
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