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Joss Whedon discusses MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.; Compares it to “The Zeppo” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 12:38 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


The must see new show this fall is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Avengers director and TV icon Joss Whedon is not going to he the showrunner but he did write and direct the pilot, as well as oversee the direction of the first season. Marvel has entrusted the future of their film and TV development to Whedon, and judging by what we have seen so far, his vision is spot on.  Whedon recently talked about what he finds appealing about the series. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on Tuesday, September 24th at 8pm (EST).

Speaking to EW, Whedon says he likes that the show pays attention to the characters at the fringes of the superhero universe:

“This is basically a TV series of ‘The Zeppo’ [episode of Buffy], which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a Buffy episode in order to star the person who mattered the least,” Whedon says. “The people who are ignored are the people I’ve beenwriting as my heroes from day one. There’s a world of superheroes and superstars, they’re celebrities, and that’s a complicated world — particularly complicated for people who don’t have the superpowers, the disenfranchised. Now obviously there’s going to be hijinks and hilarity and sex and gadgets and all the things that made people buy the comics. But that’s what the show really is about to me, and that’s what Clark Gregg embodies: the Everyman.”

Full disclosure here; I find Buffy boring, dated, and just plain awful. Ditto for Angel. So I have not seen “The Zeppo” and know nothing about it other than what I read after reading Whedon’s statement. I am sure my dread is unfounded, but couple this with the limited footage we have seen that looks like Heroes meets Alphas, and I am understandably concerned. Hopefully I’ll be way off base, and be forced to suffer another round of “Snackbar doesn’t know shit about shit” of emails and comments.  If Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the next big thing I will happily accept my punishment.


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