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It's going to be good, right?

By Robert T. Trate     September 23, 2013
Source: Marvel Entertainment

We are now counting down the hours to Joss Whedon’s return to television. With that being said, can Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. survive writing wise without Whedon penning every script? It will be interesting to see his continual level of involvement of the series as well as its progression in the Marvel U. 

 

Synopsis: Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson's team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet). 
 

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WarCry 9/23/2013 8:41:49 AM

  With that being said, can Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. survive writing wise without Whedon penning every script?

 

The answer is yes. Joss Whedon isn't like the other greatest writer on TV right now, Aaron Sorkin, who likes to have his name on every script title-page (and often no one else's). Whedon didn't write every episode of Buffy - he wrote 4, and is credited with the story of two more - in the first season.

Whedon lays out ideas and then lets other writers take it from there. I think you'll see a lot of writers and directors he's worked with in the past show up, so it will definitely have a "Joss" feel. I'm not worried at all that he's not going to be hands on, day-to-day with the show.

 

I'm honestly more concerned over the unwieldy title. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."?? Why not just "S.H.I.E.L.D." or even "Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D." if you're worried about someone confusing it with "The Shield" (which you'd have to be pretty stupid to do)? Just seems like the title-creators were getting paid by the letter.

monkeyfoot 9/23/2013 9:08:23 AM

LOL! I guess everyone online has to come up with an agreed upon abbreiviation for the show.

MAoSHIELD

MAoS.H.I.E.L.D.

MAoS

AoS

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audioslave69 9/24/2013 5:10:16 AM

@warcry

Totally agree with you!

 

BunyonSnipe 9/24/2013 5:57:42 AM

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Marvel Presents... Agents of SHIELD The Further Adventures of Agent Coulson, You Know, The One We Killed in That Big Movie Last Year.

 

BunyonSnipe 9/24/2013 5:59:55 AM

@ WarCry

The same goes for Vince Gilligan on Breaking Bad.

WarCry 9/24/2013 8:34:49 AM

 Yeah, the short and simple of it is that a good creator knows when to put the property into the hands of people they trust. 

The counterpoint to that, since I mentioned him, is when a writer has a singular voice. Sorkin ended his run after 4 seasons on The West Wing, and it definitely showed when he left. I don't know if it's ego or fear of letting people down, but Sorkin hasn't figured out how to share his vision for a property with someone else to carry the torch for him. Whedon surrounds himself not with yes-men, but with people who get what he's trying to say and who are able to pick up the ball and run with it when needed.

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