I'm excited to finally be able to watch Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I had a few opportunities to watch the pilot episode over the last couple of months, but I managed to miss all of them, so I'll be tuning in to watch with the rest of you when it premieres for the rest of the world.
In a recent interview with executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, they were asked if the series is going to have big villain arc that plays out or if it will have mini-arcs and standalone episodes. They go on to compare it to The X-Files, saying...
Tancharoen: I don't think we can't be too specific about that but yes, we will have --
Whedon: Recurring elements.
Tancharoen: Yes. There will be threats. How vague can we be? [laughs]
Whedon: Yeah, one of the things that, you know, we've talked about just initially getting into it is, as you start it, you want to tell these self-contained stories. It's a little bit like the "X-Files" model: You can come each week and see [that episode] and not have seen everything, but if you have, it's a richer experience. And as we move forward, those things will start to weave together more and more. But we do want to always have every episode have its own beginning, middle and end, and feel like its own [thing].
Tancharoen: I'd say it's similar to "X-Files."
Whedon: Yeah, we definitely don't want anybody ever to watch an episode and have to have watched all the others. That's definitely a goal of ours. But we think there's a way to do that, [similarly to] the way that they've done it with [Marvel films] where it's just a better experience if you have been keeping track. And also we're pretty sure that we will be asking enough interesting questions that people will want to hear the answers. At least that's our goal.
This is exciting for me to hear because the X-Files is one of my favorite series of all time. The fact that they kind of used that series as a model for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is awesome. I've been hearing great things about the pilot episode, and it doesn't look like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to disappoint.
To read the rest of this lengthy interview on the new superhero series, head on over to The Huffington Post.