Joss Whedon, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, and ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ featured in new EW issue


The Joss Whedon train can’t be stopped! The famed screenplay writer and director has once again taken over the cover and main spread of an Entertainment Weekly issue, this time revealing exclusive information about Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., their new Marvel Cinematic Universe-based show premiering on ABC this September, as well as offering a glimpse into Avengers 2 in a new interview.

Sharing the cover with Whedon are actors Chloe Bennet (Skye in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), two of the main characters in Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D.entertainment-weekly-joss-whedon-shieldIn an interview snippet released by EW, Whedon comments on the interesting way in which he writes his shows’ characters, including Agent Phil Coulson:

“This is basically a TV series of ‘The Zeppo’ [episode of Buffy], which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a Buffy episode in order to star the person who mattered the least. The people who are ignored are the people I’ve been writing as my heroes from day one. There’s a world of superheroes and superstars, they’re celebrities, and that’s a complicated world — particularly complicated for people who don’t have the superpowers, the disenfranchised. Now obviously there’s going to be hijinks and hilarity and sex and gadgets and all the things that made people buy the comics. But that’s what the show really is about to me, and that’s what Clark Gregg embodies: the Everyman.”

The Whedon issue will feature a whole host of topics, including Buffy, Firefly, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, the hugely-anticipated follow-up to Whedon’s 2012 mega-hit, The Avengers.

For those of you who may not be fully up to speed on Marvel’s Agents of SH.I.E.L.D., here’s the official synopsis:

Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet). From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville”) comes Marvel’s first TV series. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will premiere on ABC on September 24th. Avengers: Age of Ultron will hit theaters on May 5th, 2015!


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