Asgard comes to earth in Tuesday night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode “Yes Men,” where the team will see their highest profile guest star yet in the form of Thor’s Jaimie Alexander.
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Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is doing another crossover with a big-screen Marvel property: Thor heroine Lady Sif is coming to the 15th episode of the season, ABC president Paul Lee told reporters at the TCA press tour Friday.
Jaimie Alexander, who played the Asgardian goddess in both Thor films, is shooting her appearance on the show. Unlike the tacked-on throw-away addition of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury last fall, Lee assured that Lady Sif’s role is “integral” to the episode.
Lee also teased that fans will find out who the Clairvoyant is this year, and that producers have a “very cool” plan for the back half of the season. Though the show’s initial ratings plummet was worrisome, the executive said he’s feeling “very good” about the show creatively.
So SHIELD, which returns Feb. 4, is one new ABC drama this season that’s sure to return next fall. Lee noted that the network’s latest struggling drama effort Killer Women will end its run early and will be replaced by newcomer Mind Games, about two men (Christian Slater and Steve Zahn) who can tailor a plan to influence any life-altering situation.
The world of Marvel is about to get a dose of big love.
Bill Paxton will join the cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for an arc of at least four episodes beginning in late February. Paxton will play Agent John Garrett, who will work alongside agents Ward (Brett Dalton) and May (Ming-Na Wen). “He is the type who wants to stay out in the field no matter how high-level he gets,” executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen told TV Guide, which first reported the news.
“We wanted to bring in a rough-and-tumble former cohort of Agent Coulson [Clark Gregg] with a little bit of attitude and cigar-smoking swagger,” added executive producer Jed Whedon. Some of Garrett’s backstory is mentioned in the comic Elektra: Assassin, but all that Whedon will say is ”when Garrett got his promotion to Level 7, he refused to sit behind a desk and doesn’t like the formalities of S.H.I.E.L.D. He’s going to help Coulson solve some mysteries and is not afraid to rig an explosive or two.”
Four of Marvel’s most storied characters — Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage — are getting their very own TV shows.
Well, sort of.
Netflix and Disney announced today that they’ve joined forces to develop a live-action “four series epic,” plus a “miniseries event,” based on a quartet of beloved Marvel characters. Each hero will star in a separate thirteen-episode series. Their storylines will converge in a miniseries evidently called The Defenders, which will “reimagine a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters” — much like Disney’s 2012 big-screen blockbuster The Avengers, which brought together plot threads from five previous films.
The epic tale of the new Defenders begins in 2015 with a serial that spotlights Daredevil, the blind New York City crusader last played onscreen by Ben Affleck in a poorly received 2003 film. Daredevil will be followed by series about Jessica Jones (a superheroine turned private eye), Iron Fist (a martial arts master), and Luke Cage (an indestructible Harlem native whom Old Spice spokesman Isaiah Mustafa campaigned to play a few years ago).
Last year, Netflix signed an exclusive deal with Disney for subscription TV rights to all its live-action and animated films starting in 2016. Another live-action Marvel-based TV series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., can currently be seen on Disney-owned ABC.
The Project: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Panel: Jeph Loeb, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker
Footage screened: As the head of Marvel Television, Loeb previews never-before-seen moments from the show, making him the ideal person to present the upcoming episode set to air next Tuesday. (Watch a clip below.) Loeb, Henstridge, and De Caestecker joined the crowd to watch the episode before returning to the stage for more audience questions. The episode, titled “Eye-Spy,” centers on the team tracking a thief — who happens to be a rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. No surprise: A spy’s eye is involved.
Snap judgment: The higher production value of this episode definitely gave the show a sense of authenticity — unlike” 0-8-4,” which seemed to take place on the set of the Real Housewives of Peru, rather than actual Peru. Loeb stated that the cold open — set in a Stockholm subway station — was shot on location, just like the Paris sequence in the pilot. The episode itself is more of the same: the team vacillates between bonding and clashing while carrying out the latest mission. There is a more natural rhythm to the character interactions and a better sense of what the series is. It is most definitely a spy team show rather than a superhero show — even if superheroes happen to populate the same universe. For those who are already fans, this episode delivers the goods — including a few more tidbits about what happened to Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) between The Avengers and the series’ pilot episode. For those who aren’t, it’s not significantly different than the first three installments.
Big revelations: In true Marvel style, there weren’t many revelations or hints at the future. On the contrary, Loeb is actively spoiler-averse. “We love when you watch it live, and we love when you stay until the very end,” said Loeb, who hopes to continue the post-credits scene incorporating the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to the series. Loeb confirmed Titus Welliver’s return to the MCU, reprising his Item 47 role as Agent Blake in “FZZT,” the sixth episode of the ABC series.
Funniest pre-panel interview moment: The S.H.I.E.L.D. trio spoke in great detail about flying Lola all the way to the Javits Center for the convention. (Lola may have made an appearance at N.Y. Comic-Con, but that doesn’t mean it’s a fully equipped flying car.) “Most people don’t realize that we flew Lola here, the three of us,” deadpanned Loeb. De Caestecker added, “We really shouldn’t tell people that. It’s actually illegal to have more than three people in the car.” Henstridge joined in, stating, “It was excellent — got some great selfies.”
Most incisive audience question: One enterprising fan asked what we can expect to learn about the characters’ back stories. Henstridge answered, “Well, now we have more episodes to explore the character backgrounds. It’s something that’s definitely going to be developed. It’s going to come organically with the story, but there’s lots of secrets and choices of their past that you’ll find out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.” Later, another fan asked about the “cellist” Coulson mentioned he was seeing prior to his “death” in The Avengers. Loeb smirked and replied, “Let’s just say that there isn’t anything that Joss Whedon has written or created that we’re not going to mine all the way down the bottom of the line.”
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
The project: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Panel: Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), Ming Na (Agent Melinda May), Brett Dalton (Agent Grant Ward), Iain De Caestecker (Agent Leo Fitz), Elizabeth Henstridge (Agent Jemma Simmons), Chloe Bennet (Skye), Jeffrey Bell (executive producer), and Joss and Jed Whedon (seriously?)
At Comic-Con this week in San Diego, Bear McCreary will be introduced as the composer for the ABC pilot for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which aims to bring the Marvel Universe into primetime television with a mythology that is tethered somewhat to the silver screen exploits of the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., the government agency that answers a world with thunder gods and gamma-green monsters.
McCreary’s new post will surprise exactly no one in San Diego. The classically trained pianist and graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music has been in the ear of discerning genre fans in a big way the past decade as the composer of some truly distinctive themes — among them the unsettling strings that open AMC’s record-setting hit The Walking Dead and the dark tribal exhilaration of the drums that ushered in episodes of the Peabody Award-winning series Battlestar Galactica.
Jeph Loeb, the head of television for Marvel, said McCreary is a collaborator with boundless energy and a gift for finding the “emotional vibrancy” of moments and music and message. We caught up with the 34-year-old McCreary for a quick chat about music, heroes, Joss Whedon, and an old television show about an intergalactic garbage hauler.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: With a project like this there are so many questions from the get-go but is there a place you typically start that investigation? Do you start with pinning down facts or finding feelings?
BEAR MCCREARY: I like to bring something unique to every project I take on, something that can immediately hook the audience and tell them what show or film they’re watching, or game they’re playing. The furious tremolo strings at the beginning of The Walking Dead main title, or the heavy percussion of Battlestar Galactica are great examples. At first glance, I was nervous that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be difficult to approach. … It ties together a cinematic universe that spans years of characters, storylines and scores by talented composers. The instant I saw the pilot, I connected immediately with the characters.
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InsideTV Podcast: Joss Whedon talks about bringing Agent Coulson back from the dead and the possible appearance of Rage in Marvel's 'The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'
Does Joss Whedon ever sleep? One has to wonder with everything he has going on. Not only is he busy writing The Avengers 2, but he also has a new series (Marvel’s The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., coming this fall on ABC) and a new movie (a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, opening in theaters June 7). We asked him about all three things and more when he stopped by to chat on Entertainment Weekly’s new SiriusXM channel 105, and in case you missed it there, you can listen in right here on the InsideTV Podcast.
Why spend his 12-day vacation after filming The Avengers shooting a Shakespeare movie in his own house? And what Shakespeare work would he like to tackle next? Whedon tells us all about his new film and the familiar faces that pop up in it. And then I grill him on Marvel’s The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. How is Agent Phil Coulson — who we clearly saw bite it at the hands of Loki in The Avengers — alive and kicking for the new series? Whedon promises all will be explained when the show premieres. “We’re gonna earn it,” he says of coming up with an explanation that will meet fans’ approval. “That’s not something you take lightly.”
I also try my darndest to get Whedon to reveal the identity of the J. August Richards character seen in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. trailer. Is it that of vigilante Rage, as has been speculated online? “I’m not going to say who he’s playing,” teases Whedon. “But he’s certainly cranky, as you can tell from the trailer.” We also get updates on the future of a Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog sequel and some of the other projects Whedon would like to pursue, including…a ballet? Just click on the audio player below to hear the whole conversation for yourself. READ FULL STORY
On the Feb. 18 season finale of TLC’s Cake Boss, Buddy and his team have the honor of making an elaborate cake for Marvel to celebrate Spider-Man’s 50th anniversary. How does it go? “At the end of the day, what I’m asking for — for the street to collapse, sinkholes, smoke, fireworks, movement — maybe I just went a little far off the deep end,” Buddy says. Watch an exclusive sneak peek below. READ FULL STORY
ER alum Ming-Na Wen has just entered the Whedonverse.
The actress has just landed a lead role in the forthcoming Avengers spin-off TV series S.H.I.E.L.D., from cult fave Joss Whedon, EW has confirmed. She will play Agent Melinda May, a kick-ass pilot and weapons expert.
The series, set to focus on superspy operation established in the Marvel universe, received a pilot order from ABC back in August and, as expected, has generated a lot of buzz. Most recently, Avengers nuts were stunned by confirmation that Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson — thought to be dead after the Avengers film — would return in the show. (Rumors of his return had been swirling.)
Since her days on ER, Ming-Na Wen has contributed to a number of genre projects, including voice work in The Batman animated series, a role on Stargate Universe, and a part on Eureka.
Deadline first reported the news.
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