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October 12, 2013

NYCC: ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ previews new episode (spoilers)

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Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen shoot a scene for Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Director Roxann Dawson, second from left, talks with Clark Gregg, while script supervisor Dawn Gilliam, right, shows them the script. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Chloe Bennet, left, as computer hacker Skye and Ming-Na Wen as agent Melinda May get last-minute touch-ups before shooting a scene. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Clark Gregg, as agent Phil Coulson, films a scene inside the command center of the Bus. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Between scenes, Clark Gregg shows Ming-Na Wen a recent press clipping on his phone. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

A camera operator focuses on Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen during filming. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Ming-Na Wen, who plays agent Melinda May, watches a monitor on the set. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Before a scene is shot, Clark Gregg's mike is adjusted as he talks to Chloe Bennet. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg catch up on text messages while on the set. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet and Clark Gregg joke between scenes. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton and Chloe Bennet between scenes. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Inside the command center are Brett Dalton, left, Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Clark Gregg as agent Phil Coulson during a scene. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
For more behind-the-scenes images from "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." visit our Hollywood Backlot gallery.

Between comic book news and details about a touring live attraction, Marvel had plenty of information to share with fans at New York Comic Con Saturday. The company’s big push into prime time, ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” also managed a moment in the spotlight with Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb, and actors Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, who play lab geniuses Fitz and Simmons, turning up to preview Tuesday’s episode and talk up the show.

(Those who don’t want to know details about the upcoming episode should stop reading now.)

This episode introduces a new character — a former protege of Agent Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) named Amador, who’s equipped with a camera in her eye — and opens with an elaborate action sequence on the Stockholm subway, one that was actually filmed in Sweden, just as the pilot was shot partially on location in Paris.

Loeb promised more globe-trotting episodes are in the works to lend the show “an international feel.”

The audience at the Javits Center seemed particularly interested in the potential for cross-pollination between the series, a spin-off of “The Avengers,” and other Marvel properties, though for a variety of legal, budgetary and creative reasons, it’s unlikely many established Marvel characters will turn up on a regular basis.

“As much as we would like to, we can’t have 30 Iron Men show up at the last act to save the day,” he said, adding, “We’re trying to tell stories about people.”

As for restrictions placed on the series by Marvel’s other divisions, Loeb explained,”We have about a nine-lane highway, and we try not to hit the guardrails.”

Following in the footsteps of Cobie Smulders, who appeared in the show’s pilot, and Samuel L. Jackson, whose Nick Fury appeared in Episode 2, other “Avengers” actors will be making occasional visits to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” But, Loeb warned that he and Whedon did not plan to turn the series into “an Easter egg farm.”

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As for whether any of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents would pop into Marvel movies, Loeb was cautiously optimistic: “The longer we’re on the air, the greater the chance of that happening.”

Loeb promised the show’s writing staff had a very clear vision for fleshing out each individual back story over the season ahead — the show was just given a full season order by ABC on Thursday.

“There is a plan,” he said. “You don’t have to wait five or six years to find out if it’s an island or if it’s a turtle.”

– Meredith Blake

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