by: S. Scott Stanikmas
It’s funny that a man who worked so hard to get so many shows on television would feel that TV shows were making his life harder. But that’s how Joss Whedon feels.
In an interview with IGN, Whedon recently let loose and made some statements that serve to undermine the TV shows coming from Marvel Studios.
During the interview, Whedon alludes to tension between the film and television divisions stating, “I think actually the movie people were a little bit cross about the TV show. They were sort of like ‘Well you can have this but not this. And this but not that.’ It’s complicated enough as it is without me adding another layer of complication. We also created a TV show called S.H.I.E.L.D. right before they made a movie where they destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D.. So everybody’s having a GREAT time!”
I will say that keeping the show in step with the films was a huge reason why I fell out of watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a while during the first season. Everything had to tie in just right with not only Thor: The Dark World but also Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This created a lot of weird periods when we’d get two weeks of no episodes, then a new episode, then three weeks of no new episodes, then three new ones, then another month off.
Yes, there was the Winter Olympics during some of those intermissions, but there was just too much plate-spinning involved to try and help tie everything together.
While I appreciate Whedon’s candor, his comments further complicate the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon by stating that even though we are supposed to acknowledge that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. exists and is intertwined with the film universe, Agent Coulson is dead in the films but not on the show. Wait. What??
“As far as I’m concerned in the films, yes he’s dead. In terms of the narrative of these guys [The Avengers] his loss was very important. When I created the television show, it was sort of on the understanding that this can work and we can do it with integrity, but these Avengers movies are for people to see the Avengers movies and nothing else. And it would neither make sense nor be useful to say ‘Oh and by the way remember me? I died!’”
I really hope that Marvel addresses this sooner rather than later, as people are watching the show in good faith that it’s all tied together. If it’s not, then what the hell is the point in tuning in?
I’m not one to argue with the almighty Joss Whedon, but I’m not having a problem following the movies and the shows…yet. For a time, I was a little concerned that in order to follow Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the spring you needed to have seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but most comic geeks (myself included) would have seen it opening weekend. But the casual fan, even after being told to see TWS after that week’s episode, may not have deemed it a priority.
When the fans begin to either get burned out or begin to get confused due to comic book style continuity issues, look for Marvel Studios to make some major changes. Until then, the machine will continue to run the way it does until the money stops coming in.