While he may be on a Marvel break at the moment to promote his new film, Trust Me, Clark Gregg hasn’t forgotten that every good Marvel soldier teases just a little bit of the fun to come when doing interviews. So, while speaking to Collider about his film, he also dropped some fresh tidbits about what audiences can expect from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Season 2.
Thanks to ScreenRant.com for transcribing: “It’s going to be lo-fi. You’re going back to basics. You’ve got to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. from the ground up in a much more dangerous world where your group is outlawed. So it feels like the early, Sean Connery James Bond with the brass knuckles and not afraid to knock somebody off.”
Very cool. It is true that Team Coulson did begin to rely more and more on their fancy S.H.I.E.L.D. tech as the season went on, but things did start to take an interesting turn when all they had to work with were some Howling Commandos relics. If Season 2 is going to continue the path of taking the show into more of an espionage realm instead of a comic-book one, than our expectations for Season 2 just went way up, and they were high to begin with.
In addition to story tidbits, Gregg also hinted at how the next season might play out from a schedule standpoint: “I thought there were so many things stacked against us last year, and one of them was where the ABC television schedule would put us on for three episodes and then take us down for four weeks. Nobody could get a momentum going and when the show started to be on consistently and having story that carried over in an episodic way, that’s when things started to click. So the great thing about the announcement was, A., we’re moving to 9pm, where it can be a little darker, like I think Marvel needs to be. Then they’re going to show, I believe it’s ten [‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ episodes], eight of [‘Agent Carter‘], then twelve [more ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ episodes]… For the most part, this is straight runs of our show, which is when I think it really works.”
There is no one that would disagree with the idea that the more episodes you can get in a straight run, the better off you are. If Gregg is correct and that is the schedule we can expect for next season, then odds are good things will be going into a much more serialized route in Season 2, and that’s better for everyone.
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