by Brett White
Joss Whedon has a history of killing off beloved characters in past works like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel" and "Firefly." But what fans tend to overlook is that he also has a history of pulling off some pretty incredible resurrections that are earned, justified and do not disrespect whatever end the character previously met. He's done this most notably with Buffy Summers in her TV show, and again with Colossus during his run on Marvel's "Astonishing X-Men." So with Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson set to return as the leading man of ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", we know his return is in the right hands.
Whedon spoke to this in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, saying:
"Well, it's a very interesting explanation... We're gonna earn it, that's not something you take lightly."
Of course I feel the need to point out that killing Coulson wasn't Whedon's idea. Sure he did the deed, but he's also the one bringing him back.
Whedon then discussed his intention with the new television show, stating that while it does take place in the same universe as the big budget films, it's still a standalone piece.
"It's very important to me that the show stands on its own, that people who never saw any of the movies can tune in and enjoy it. We like being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we like having all of the mythos to play off of. But if the show was 'You just missed Tony Stark, wow, he was just here!' it would be the most unsatisfying show ever. We have a new ensemble, apart from Clark, it's all people I've never worked with before, but I'm really excited about them, I'm really proud of them and I think people are just going to want to see them every week."
Whedon makes a great point, as mentioning the big name heroes as having just left or about to arrive in between scenes of the show would probably make viewers anxious that they're missing out on big Iron Man and Captain America adventures.
But I'm gonna throw this out there and say that fans might also get mad if the show actively resists using less-known Marvel heroes in favor of always using original characters. This has already become a bit of an issue with J. August Richards' character in the pilot; fans desperately want him to be Luke Cage, Rage or any other Marvel hero. The people behind "S.H.I.E.L.D.," including Joss, are debunking rumors and generally keeping quiet.
"I'm not going to say who he's playing, but he's certainly cranky as you can tell from the trailer. It''s great, he came in to guest star and he tears it up. He's got that kind of energy, he's so much fun, and such a lovely guy."
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premieres this fall on ABC.
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