Growing Beyond the Marvel Universe. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at New York Comic Con

There was possibly not enough space on the moon to hold the audience for the  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. New York Comic Con 2013 panel. In the absence of the full cast, executive producer Jeph Loeb and twin cuties Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) were on hand to take our most pressing questions, including 1.) Can I drive the Lola that is currently on display on the NYCC floor and 2.) Give me the keys.

Would Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. include elements from the upcoming Thor: The Dark World? When will we find out what happened to Coulson? What hero might we see next? We’re on the cusp of a brave new world, people! Highlights below.

  • Loeb let us know that the show’s full season pick-up means that they’ll be expanding the cinematic Avengers universe far beyond the number of elements they can pull from the comics.
  • A new recurring character will be introduced in this week’s episode “Eye Spy,” and might have an interesting link to another Marvel universe character.
  • Agent May was always meant to be a character who came to the fore later on in the show.
  • Will Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. figure more into the Phase 2 and Phase 3 Avengers movies? Loeb revealed that they hadn’t started considering that until the full season pick-up, since they had no idea how long they were going to stick around and wanted to spend that time focusing on their own original characters.
  • If anyone from the Avengers movies wants to make a guest cameo on the show, Loeb and company certainly aren’t going to say no. (And my vision of Robert Downey, Jr. popping up to say, “Bad news. You’re cancelled.” lives on!)
  • The audience really wants Fitz to get the monkey he’s spent three episodes joking about. (Might I suggest it be played by Annie’s Boobs, thus ensuring that Community takes place in the Avengers universe?)
  • Henstridge’s favorite superhero? Um, Loki. “…he [just] needs someone to talk to…”
  • De Caestecker’s favorite is the Hulk. You guys, I think Fitz and Simmons might have issues.
  • So far, de Caestecker’s favorite part about being on the show is the tech his character gets to play with. Henstridge, meanwhile, is really into getting to know the cast and their own characters. “We’re all slightly obsessed with each other right now.”

And that was kind of it! They showed a bit of next week’s episode, but we’ll all see that in a handful of days anyhow. Judging from the panel, it seems like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is still laying down rails as the train heads towards them. Now that they know they have some breathing room, it’ll be interesting to see where the show is come next year’s San Diego Comic Con and the lead-up to Avengers: Age of Ultron.


Chris Lough is the production manager of Tor.com and wants Mark Ruffalo to show up randomly in the background of every third episode. Just…cuz.

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