A slippery roving hacker is devoted to revealing the secrets of a mysterious government organization. But the unit’s agents argue their work should remain private from prying civilian eyes. They dismiss the blogger as one of those “pseudo-anarchist hacker types” and insist there are some things the general public is better off not knowing.
“People keep secrets for a reason,” one agent declares.
This is not the plot from the inevitable Edward Snowden movie. It’s a story thread in ABC’s highly anticipated fall drama Marvel’s Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D., the heavily buzzed TV-sized spin-off of 2012’s hit film The Avengers about a team of government agents protecting mankind from super-powered threats. The pilot was shot this spring, before the former NSA contractor revealed the U.S. government’s vast data collection program and sparked a worldwide debate about secrets and privacy.
The upcoming show’s unintentional similarities to the current headlines is not lost on those working behind the scenes on the series. “In a world of Wikileaks and the NSA, this show could not be more topical if we timed it,” says Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, who will present a first-look at footage from the show’s pilot at Comic-Con on Friday. “The world that’s in the story asks: ‘When is it appropriate for us to know secrets and why? And how much do we need to know?’ It all comes back to secrets.”
It’s worth pointing out the secrets being defended in the show are quite different than the real-life debate. The S.H.I.E.L.D. team deals with exotic threats and considers itself “the line between the world and the much weirder world.” Which is a fair conversation, too: How much do we really want to know about the dangers our country faces? READ FULL STORY