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Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Joss Whedon Talks “Everyman” Approach, Global Scale

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It remains to be seen how generous Marvel will be with its forthcoming ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ series between now and the premiere, given that ABC hasn’t made initial screeners of the pilot available to press, but Joss Whedon remains eager to engage about the series’ unique approach to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Find out what Joss had to say about the integration of Marvel characters and the series’ global dealings inside!

J. August Richards’ mysterious ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ character may remain a mystery, but series executive producer, pilot and ‘The Avengers‘ director Joss Whedon has no problem previewing the forthcoming ABC series’ “everyman” approach to superheroes. Speaking with IGN at the Upfront presentations, Joss joked that Richards was indeed a particularly “fierce” everyman with which to open up the series, an embodiment of those “hit in the blowback of this super-world.”

The show is about the six people who are in the show. And very week we’ll meet somebody that they have to deal with. Some of those people will be very sympathetic, some of them will be evil, some will be from the Marvel canon, some will reference it — but it’s not an Easter egg hunt. It really is just about the lives of these people as they’re dealing with this super-world.

More than that, we saw from ABC’s full-length trailer that ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ will span the globe on a regular basis, the pilot episode alone jumping from Los Angeles to Paris to everywhere in between. “We really want to hit the idea that S.H.I.E.L.D. is a global organization, both in terms of what the show means and also just in terms of the visual palette of it,” says Whedon. “We want to be exciting and different every week.”

Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV series features a cast that includes Clark Gregg’s resurrected Agent Phil Coulson, as well as Whedon vet J. August Richards, ‘ER’ doc Ming-Na, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker as the other agents of the team. Nick Fury himself, Samuel L. Jackson previously stated that he expected to be involved in some small capacity, while ‘How I Met Your Mother‘ and ‘The Avengers‘ star Cobie Smulders remains open to the possibility (but from the sounds of the trailer, she might just pop up after all).

So, what do you think? Are you happy with Joss Whedon’s everyman approach to ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ or will you not be satisfied until the big guys show up? Watch the trailer again below, and give us your thoughts in the comments!

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