SHIELD Producers Talk Season 2 Plans

ABC kicks off the second season of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” in a few weeks, and show runners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen have been out doing press rounds for the series.

Speaking with CBR, Tancharoen says “we’re diving into a new paradigm, just as far as the way the world perceives S.H.I.E.L.D. and how we have to operate and how Coulson has to rebuild it.” She also promises that the show intends to keep its moments of levity even amidst the dire situations the team finds themselves in early on.

While S.H.I.E.L.D. itself has shrunk, the cast is actually expanding next season to include new characters such as Adrianne Palicki’s Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird. Whedon says: “We used to be a ragtag group in a huge machine that was churning. Then, they were agents who had support. Now, that we have less, we sort of see all of them. So while our cast is getting bigger, it’s actually because S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting smaller, we’re using every resource we can.”

Asked if elements of “Guardians of the Galaxy” could come into play in some way, Whedon says: “It is very far removed. I think, of course, it’s all connected, and we want to play with it, but I think if we were to, it would be in more of an Easter egg fashion at this point. It’s literally a different universe within our universe.”