Exclusive Interview – Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon
Creators of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
ABC’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. exists within the Marvel movie universe, which is to say its characters coexist with the likes of THE AVENGERS’ Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Bruce Banner/the Hulk, et al. Indeed, the leader of this S.H.I.E.L.D. team is Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg. Coulson died in THE AVENGERS, something he only recently learned – he had been led to believe he recovered in Tahiti. He still has plenty of unanswered questions about his revival (as do we).
The rest of the team consists of physically tough agents Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) and Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), biology and technological science geniuses Leo Fitz (Iain De Castecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) – sometimes known jointly as “FitzSimmons” due to their nearly inseparable bond and habit of talking at the same time – and newcomer Skye (Chloe Bennet), a computer hacker who has just found out a few episodes back that her origins are so mysterious she may not even be human. The S.H.I.E.L.D. team travels the world, dealing with fallout created by rogue technology, aliens and general strangeness that is too much for general law enforcement, but also more than the Avengers can handle on their superhero schedules.
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. was created from Marvel’s original material by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon (Joss’ brother) and Maurissa Tancharoen. All of them are executive producers on the project. Jed Whedon and Tancharoen serve as show runners alongside fellow executive producers Jeff Bell and Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb.
Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon, married to one another since 2009, have written as a team on DROP DEAD DIVA and Starz’s SPARTACUS (where they also served on the staff of producers), as well as with and/or for Joss Whedon on DR. HORRIBLE’S SING-ALONG BLOG, its accompanying COMMENTARY! THE MUSICAL and the Fox series DOLLHOUSE.