When questioned on how big and great looking the pilot is, and how they will be able to maintain that level of quality, Jeffrey Bell talking about how they work with a great production team that is capable of making stuff look great, and much better than it sometimes is.
Joss also answered a question about the level of creative freedom. He says they’ve gotten a lot of trust, which is different than freedom. It wasn’t a question of the producers/Marvel getting out of the way, it was about working together. Question about Marvel’s approach to TV vs. DC’s, where DC’s shows don’t take place in the movie universe. Jeph says that what’s important to them is character. As long as it has that element of character and humor, they’ll stick as tightly to the continuity as best as they possibly can. But every now and then there may be some slip up where something happens.
Jed talks about the perception of any pressure on them with this show; he compares it to when he, Maurissa and Joss made Dr. Horrible, which they didn’t think anyone would see. They approach this with the same attitude. They approach all their shows and movies and big endeavors in similar ways: put the right people in the right places at the right times and let them do the awesome things they do.
Joss said ABC wanted people to be as interested in the characters as they are in the crisis of the week, so that was the emphasis. This group is out there by themselves, which will be both an advantage and a disadvantage. In this world, post-Avengers, the world’s out of control and people are in possession of things that they may not be ready for. Maurissa says they won’t be making references to Marvel for the sake of making references. They’ll be in there if they make sense. Jefferey Bell brings up an example, when they come up with a type of character and thinking of a name, they’ll go through the comics history and see if there’s a character with similar powers/personality where they can take that name.
When asked about the importance of a cast of regular people, Joss said the thing that appealed to him was the idea of the people who don’t have the super powers. Everybody matters. The people that get shoved to the side in a giant epic movie that only lasts for two hours can step into the spotlight.
Elizabeth and Iain say it’s easier to speak in their own accents in the series than in an American one, so that makes things easier. Greg Clark says the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast has an international flavor, and he feels that’s indicative of SHIELD’s nature. Fitz and Simmons talk over each other a lot, question about whether that shows a lot about their character as well as allowing them to get out a bunch of great dialogue. Jed and Maurissa (who are married) said they wanted Fitz and Simmons working relationship to very much mirror their own.
Ming-Na Wen says she’s so proud to show off her guns (meaning her arms). She says it’s great to be able to be put to task, work out, do the training and really carry the character off. She feels like she’s in the best shape of her life. She hates working out, but she does like kicking ass, so it works out. Chloe’s talks about how even though Skye is a computer hacker, she’s not the anti-social Girl with the Dragon Tattoo type hacker; she’s actually better with people than machines.
Clark describes Coulson as a magnificent chain letter that started as a character in two scenes in Iron Man with Jon Favreau; then when he started riffing off of RDJ, his role grew. Then he was in another movie. Then Thor with Kenneth Branagh. Each director/writer/creator has added something new to the character. He believes in the heroic stuff, but he can also be as vicious and saracastic as the next of them. Also, Joss says that the explanation for Coulson’s return will be teased out over the course of episodes.