Our 2014 San Diego Comic-Con Coverage continues with a look at what's on the Marvel TV slate, and while we got to see the casts of Agent Carter and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it was still missing some of the Netflix material we all wanted to see.
On Friday July 25th, we got a glimpse on what was to come from the other side of Marvel Studios. Yes, the big day was going to be on Saturday when the MCU would be unveiling what would be happening with the big guns, but we wanted to see how the offshoots of the movies were going to approach the 2014-2015 television season. We also wanted to see how the Netflix shows were shaping up and whether or not anyone would show up for that. Unfortunately, the latter did not happen, but the panels still created some excitement amongst the fervent fans of the Marvel universe.
The panel was moderated by Jeph Loeb, the head of the television division for Marvel who has always been a great cheerleader in revving the crowd up for occasions like these. Up first, we got to be introduced to the showrunners and writers for Agent Carter. Tara Butters and Michelle Fazekas (Reaper, Resurrection) are running the show and the pilot writers and executive producers are Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), which definitely creates excitement in having the consistency of the MCU writers translating a movie character to television. Plus Reaper was awesome. Louis D’Esposito (Marvel: One Shots) is directing the pilot so he’ll get to help transition to the series and of course, Hayley Atwell showed up to drive the audience to applaud.
During the Agent Carter panel, they all discussed how they were brought into the project and their motivations in showing how S.H.I.E.L.D. got started and, eventually, how it would devolve into the Hydra mess. A couple interesting tidbits came from the creators, such as Anthony and Joe Russo – directors of The Winter Soldier and the upcoming Captain America 3 - would be joining the series as directors for episodes two and three. Even more interesting news was that Joe Johnston, the director of the first Captain America, is in discussions to helm episode four. That definitely legitimized the show by bringing in more MCU talent to the table and caused a great buzz amongst the Comic-Con viewers. Someone did ask about the involvement of Dominic Cooper but the executives seemed very non-committal in his return as Howard Stark. Whether that is a smoke screen or not, we’ll see. While there was no footage shown (the pilot apparently has not been filmed yet), everyone seemed very excited during the tease reel that combined the One-Shot and her appearances in First Avenger and the prospect of her kicking some ass. 2015 is when Agent Carter launches, during the hiatus of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and it looks to be in good hands.
For the second half of the show, we got reintroduced to our favorite rogue agents on the run, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We got a great reel of highlights from the first season that got the audience excited and saw the showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, executive producer Jeff Bell, as well as Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Chloe Bennett, Brett Dalton, Ming-Na Wen, and drawing a standing ovation, Clark Gregg. Judging from the audience reaction, you can tell there was still a lot of excitement surrounding this television series that was very inconsistent during its maiden voyage.
There were a lot of things to discuss and some of the major news involved new characters coming in. Obviously, we’ve heard that Lucy Lawless is going to join the show as veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Isabelle Hartley, and she is apparently skilled with a knife. There will be a mention of the British version of S.H.I.E.L.D., as S.T.R.I.K.E. and their agent Lance Hunter (played by Nick Blood) will show up o provide some support from across the pond. Reed Diamond, a Whedon favorite, will be coming on board to play a Hydra agent and the apparent ‘big bad’ for the season as Daniel Whitehall. There were other fun tidbits they shared, such as Brett Dalton’s reaction to being revealed as a mole and then the cast’s reaction to when they got shuttled off to a trailer to read the new secret pages of the script of Agent Ward’s deception. There were a lot of extras as well when we were treated to blooper reels as well as a fun bit with Patton Oswalt as Agent Koenig, who reprised his role for the fans. They just started shooting the new season the day before so no new footage would reach us, but it’s hard not to get excited and be hopeful that they’ll be able to carry the momentum from the end of last season to the beginning of the next one. With that, the premiere is set for September 23rd for its new time at 9pm EST.
The one disappointing thing about this panel was the lack of Netflix Marvel. While we have seen casting news on the Daredevil project, no mention of any of the series was a bit of a letdown. Even though this hour is a small amount of time to do two shows, let alone a whole batch of Netflix series in the pipeline, I felt Marvel TV should have acknowledged them instead of just rolling with the ABC crew. Nonetheless, it is hard not to excited for the upcoming television season and what Marvel has in store for us.
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