They’re very smart, tough fans, Marvel for fans. And there’s no one I’d rather work for
“I’VE worked for Marvel movies and Marvel TV and there are a lot of similarities. And at the same time, there’s something kind of different that we get to do [with the TV series].
We get to explore the human element of what that’s like to be betrayed by someone you’ve been working side by side with, almost with more time to mess with it, because we do 22 hours in a season.
I’ve had this relationship [with fans of Coulson] – I stumbled into it.
My wife was on Dancing with the Stars, Jennifer Grey. She realised a couple of weeks into it that she really wanted to win, and she said: “I think we have to do this thing called the Twitter.” And so I signed her up.
And I pretended to be her, to get some votes. And I was, like, ‘Hey, guys’. And while I was on there, people would say, ‘Hey, say hi to Agent Coulson’.
I think I had done two of the movies at that point, and I was like, ‘Ah, they know who I am. That’s cool’.
They’re very smart, tough fans, the Marvel fans. And there’s no one I’d rather work for.
They’re very opinionated, and they’ve had this 30 or 40-year relationship, as I have, with a lot of these characters. And when Coulson [was introduced] at first they were, like, ‘Who is this Coulson? He’s not in the comics’.
And a bunch of the others went, ‘We like this guy. He’s snarky’.
And they kept him around, and they embraced him, so much so that when he was shanked [Coulson was stabbed and thought to be dead in one plot twist] they [the fans] weren’t happy with it, and they did a hashtag #Coulsonlives.
And I started getting these photos of, like, a beach in Kenya where Coulson lives and … I’m trying to remember my geography now. I’m praying to God that Kenya’s on the ocean.
I think it is. And so they brought him [Coulson] back. And so then they’re going to launch a Marvel show on television, and they’re going to use Coulson. They’re going to bring him back to life. And Joss tells me the pitch, and it’s incredible.
He thinks he had a near miss. No, it’s far deeper and more complex. We’re still playing that one out midway through Season 2. And the only character on the show anyone knew was Coulson. So it’s brand new characters being launched in that world, and it’s on TV, and, it was way too much pressure, in my opinion, to try to launch a show in.
And yet I marvel every day at the actors that they picked, who have stepped into that pressure cooker and stared it down when it was bumpy, and have really emerged.” MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. WEDNESDAY, 10PM, SEVEN