First aired on September 24, 2013, the last episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aired on August 8, 2020. Almost eight years ago, the husband-and-wife writing duo – Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen along with Jed’s older brother Joss were having a pitch meeting at a sushi restaurant in Los Angeles with two Marvel Television executives. The trio was discussing their latest idea – a TV show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe about the fictional Marvel Comics agency S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division is dedicated to investigating the paranormal and supernatural in the MCU. The series was centred around one of the film’s character – Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg).
After having a successful run on television for years, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ended on Wednesday with a two-hour series finale. This 8 year-long run seems wonderful owing to its rough debut in 2013. Some issues initially faced included critics wanting flashier connections to Marvel cinema as well as the show having to operate in the shadow of the movies that were released at the same time.
Talking about the main characters in the show Jed said, “We knew that our show would be character-focused, about getting to know these people, and slowly building a team that becomes a family.”
Halfway through the series, the show began reinventing itself, with new characters travelling through space, time and alternative realities. Once this was incorporated, the series started to soar even higher. Said Jed Whedon. “We could just make up our own stories. It was liberating.”
In the final season, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents moved through time with a pit stop in the 1980s.
Even though season seven doesn’t rank among the series’ best, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is one of the most successful science fiction superhero television has had to offer.
In a phone interview with New York Times on Monday, Tancharoen and Jed Whedon recalled the last day of shooting the series saying, “On the last day, we went over to see the last shot, and Chloe Bennet sat down with tears in her eyes. She joined the show [as Skye/Daisy/Quake] when she was 20 years old, she grew up on it, and now it was ending. It was so bittersweet. There was a lump in our throats at every turn.”
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