Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2013 by Peter Sciretta
One of the most anticipated television panels on Friday was Marvel’s new live-action television show The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which was inconveniently programed in the convention center’s smaller hall Ballroom 20. The entire creative team and most of the cast were in San Diego for the panel.
The first audience question was the elephant in the room: Will we see any of the Marvel movie superheroes make appearances in this television show. Executive producer Joss Whedon responded with a tease:
We may see some people, and we may see some new people from the marvel universe who are not yet cinematic… Probably, but I can’t say when because that’d be spoiling it.
Later, when Clark Gregg was asked about how it felt to return in the suit, he hesitated trying to come up with an answer and instead just decided to give Joss, who was sitting next to him on the panel, a hug. Clark credited the fans for his return, saying that “Bad ass geeks around the world weren’t having it” and started the Coulson lives movement which made all of this happen.
Another audience member asked if we were going to see a clip from the series, and Joss responded him that they were going to bring a clip but they couldn’t due to some Disney legal issue… but instead they brought the whole pilot. Cut to: a thousand fans in Ballroom 20 erupt in applause at this surprise screening. After the jump you can read my thoughts on the pilot episode, with and without spoilers.