Everyone keeps focusing on the fact that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set in the Avengers universe, but producer Joss Whedon has a message for all of us — it ain’t about the guys with capes (or big hammers, purple shorts and super-suits).
Whedon chatted with IGN about the series and was asked just how much the show would connect with the Marvel Cinematic Universe we’ve come to know and love. Basically? Yes, it’s the same world, but the upcoming ABC series will absolutely focus on very different parts of it.
Here’s what Whedon said when asked if any familiar heroes will be popping up this fall:
“I mean, the whole point of this show is, they’re just guys. They’re not The Avengers, they’re not the fancy ones. They’re the people that got sort of hit in the blowback of this super-world. So he’s kind of an everyman. He appears to be a very fierce everyman! ...
It’s not what the show is about. The show is about the six people who are in the show. And very week we’ll meet somebody that they have to deal with. Some of those people will be very sympathetic, some of them will be evil, some will be from the Marvel canon, some will reference it -- but it’s not an Easter egg hunt. It really is just about the lives of these people as they’re dealing with this super-world.”
Well, that pretty much sums it up. Whedon has always had a penchant for focusing on the little guy thrust into big situations, and it sounds like S.H.I.E.L.D. should hit that sweet spot. Heck, it’s pretty obvious: He brought the only “regular” guy from The Avengers back to life to head up the team.
What do you think? Should S.H.I.E.L.D. steer clear of big-screen crossovers and built its own mythology?