It’s Friday night at New York Comic Con, and Marvel‘s Executive Vice President, Head of Television Jeph Loeb appeared on main stage of the Jacob K. Javits Center to talk the recently launched second season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and debut a new episode.
Loeb started the panel by telling the crowd things are a bit “busier” than they were at least year’s NYCC “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” panel — pointing to Saturday’s “Marvel’s Daredevil” panel, previewing the upcoming Netflix series (the first of five planned from Marvel TV), as evidence.
After warming up the crowd with a few rousing rounds of applause, Loeb took the time to recognize some key figures within Marvel TV — including Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Dan Buckley and Megan Thomas Bradner; “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” creators and executive producers Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen and Jeffrey Bell.
Loeb asked the crowd for their thoughts on season one, saying, “One of the things I hoped you learned about season one is…” “Ward’s Hydra!” an audience member exclaimed. “Anyone can be Hydra,” Loeb continued, before “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Clark Gregg took the stage to spirited “Coulson” chants.
“The reason there is an ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ is because of our friend Clark Gregg,” Loeb said. “There were a whole lot of you sending us images from around the world that said ‘Coulson Lives,’ when he was dead. So we had to bring him back.”
Gregg said that when he found out that Loeb was coming to New York Comic Con, he begged to come along. “I love this con, it’s the greatest con,” Gregg told the audience. “Those feelings have only gotten warmer since this is where I was resurrected,” given that it was NYCC 2012 where it was announced that a resurrected Agent Phil Coulson would star in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
“I know my people,” Gregg said of the crowd. “Could we see something that we haven’t seen before?” “How would you like to see the show that’s going to be on this Tuesday night?” Loeb said, further asking how many people in the audience were fans of Ming-Na Wen’s character Melinda May (a lot, it seems).
We’re going dark a bit while the episode plays — be back with updates in about 40 minutes.
And we’re back. No spoilers from us, but the episode did indeed contain more than average amount of screen time from Melinda May.
“Clark and I were sitting backstage, and your response to that was extraordinary,” Loeb said. The episode was directed by Kevin Tancharoen — Maurissa Tancharoen’s brother — his first in the series. Loeb said he’ll direct more episodes in the future.
Gregg is back on stage: “Thank you. That was really fun to watch together with you.” Gregg asked is Loeb could show a bit of “Agent Carter.” Loeb and Gregg talk up a scene involving Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), James D’Arcy (Edwin Jarvis) and Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark), which Loeb said was just shot on Monday.
The clip showed Howard Stark, leaving on a speedboat, saying goodbye to Peggy Carter and introducing her to his butler, Edwin Jarvis, who tells her to call him if she needs him. That cuts to a fight scene between Peggy Carter and an unnamed assailant, culminating in her throwing him out of a window.
Loeb closed the panel in quick, straight-forward fashion: “Agent Carter, 2015 on ABC.”
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