Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Marvel's TV Boss, Jeph Loeb, Discusses Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, MCU Connections

Jeph Loeb is to the TV division of Marvel Studios what Kevin Feige is the the film division: the man.  In an interview with Wired, Loeb talks about how they hope to further embed the events of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. into the ever-developing MCU.  Find out what he had to say after the jump...

Wired led by asking Loeb, who is the baller-shot caller of the TV division, how the new show would deal with the fact that the MCU will keep adding new movies to the mix, changing the world in which the show exists.  Loeb's one-word answer, "Carefully." And nobody is going to argue that carefully is best, in this case.  The show has come under fire from critics and on social media for both it's lack of connectivity to the MCU and it's over-dependency on the MCU, which is very confusing.  I'm holding on to hope that the show is slowly building itself up, over time, and will eventually reveal something much greater that will have deep connections to the MCU (many, including myself, feel that might happen with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which will show S.H.I.E.L.D. as a fractured, or fracturing, agency).

Loeb addressed how the show will tie into the upcoming films when asked if the show would reference Thor: The Dark World, which releases in the US next week. "Wouldnt' that be fun?" asked Loeb. He went on to address it by saying:
 "Look, it's never been done before, which is kind of incredible when you think about how many dramas and how many big movies have been out there. There certainly have been television shows that have been spin-off from movies, but to have an ongoing, ever-changing mythology, which is happening first in the comics, and then in the motion pictures, and the movies are coming out at a rate of two a year--these giant tent-pole film that are reaching a billion dollars at the box office, which means that the mythology is being shared around the world." 
So, Loeb obviously is aware that with an ever-changing MCU must come a TV show that has to be flexible and change as it's big brother does.

The most interesting part of the interview came following the above quote when Loeb said:
"For us to tell stories that exist with not only similar characters, but often shared characters--beginning with Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson--sometimes we have to be very careful. We have to dance between the raindrops. But other times, if we know something is going to happen: Can we use that? Can we make that have an impact on the show? And I think we'll see some of that in a very interesting way."
We know that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is only good for 22 shows as of now. It's clear that Loeb and crew have tie-ins to films planned.  During that 22 episode run, only 2 new films are coming out: Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Logically, one can think that Marvel has something planned to tie it's TV show into the films, whether before or after...and that may just be the boost the show needs to get people back on board, or on board in the first place.  My money is that at the end of Season 1 a lot of people are going to look back at the show and say, "Oh, that's where that was headed..." I don't think we've got a failure on our hands, just a late bloomer.