UPDATED – EXCLUSIVE: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘Agent Carter’ Interviews at SDCC 2014

The epic four-day convention that is San Diego Comic-Con International is behind us once again. With it came some tremendous reveals from Marvel Studios in both film and television. Fortunately, we have a couple of fun and informative interviews to share with you concerning Marvel’s plans for their television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter. We had the privilege of sitting down and chatting with executive producers Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb, Agent Carter showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, director Louis D’Esposito, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon, and actors Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz), Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons), and Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter).

Agents of SHIELD/Agent Carter SDCC Poster

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. / Agent Carter Poster

On the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. side of things, clearly the cast and crew all seem thrilled to be working on another season. Producer Jeph Loeb displayed his appreciation for the show’s new 9 o’clock time slot, to which Jeffrey Bell jokingly interrupted saying it would give them the opportunity to show “graphic violence and graphic sex.” Jeph Loeb elaborated about the new time slot, stating they’re glad they can now have a proper lead-in rather than “coming off of Wheel of Fortune.” Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will now follow two new ABC comedies, Manhattan Love Story and Selfie.

Additionally, the two producers displayed their excitement for having Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) join the cast, but couldn’t say too much on how her character, Isabel Hartly, fits into the overall story. For the most part, the show’s creators couldn’t give away too much, but showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon did display confidence in Reed Diamond’s portrayal of Daniel Whitehall, whom Whedon referred to as the “face for HYDRA.” They also displayed interest in using more Asgardian characters.

Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge also seemed closed-mouth on what to expect from their characters, Fitz and Simmons, in the upcoming season. Although, Caestecker admits he doesn’t know too much as they have just started filming recently. Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Coulson, confirms some of the plot of the upcoming season, stating the show begins months after the conclusion of the previous season. Coulson and his team will continue to try and rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. and still attempt to discover who is working with HYDRA and who isn’t. He states that the team’s new methods of going about missions will feel very “old school” as they don’t have the same resources they once had. Additionally, Gregg states the U.S. government will still be after Coulson and his team at the start of the new season.

Agent Carter Poster

Official logo for Agent Carter

On the Agent Carter side, showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters describe how “honored” they were to be brought on this project by Marvel and discuss how each episode of Agent Carter‘s 8-episode first season will feel much like 8 parts of a whole movie. When asked about the show’s tone they responded stating it will be “fun” overall, and will have a blend of noir and science fiction.

They didn’t say whether or not any recognizable Marvel characters would appear on Agent Carter, but they did say they would “love to” include some. Additionally, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely seem very excited and enthusiastic in working on a show that takes place within the time Agent Carter does.

Finally, Hayley Atwell, Agent Carter herself, comments on the responsibility of portraying Marvel Studios’ first female character to have the titular role on a television series. She views the character as a “positive role model to a lot of girls” and states the pilot “exceeds the expectations that people have of her.” Seeing her excitement to play such a rich character involved in so much 1940s drama should be enough to get fans interested in checking out Agent Carter this fall.

Check out our full Comic-Con International interviews for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter below.

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