Easily the biggest gamble Marvel has made in recent years is the airing of Agents of SHIELD. It didn’t start the Avengers and outside of Coulson and occasional cameos from Fury and Hill we didn’t know the cast. And, for a while, it was rocky, but it made it to the end, and it was rewarded by a renewal for Season 2.
Coulson himself (aka Clark Gregg) has opened up to Collider a little about what Agents of Shield Season 2 will be like, including talk about how it’ll be different scheduling wise:
“It’s going to be lo-fi. You’re going back to basics. You’ve got to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. from the ground up in a much more dangerous world where your group is outlawed. So it feels like the early, Sean Connery James Bond with the brass knuckles and not afraid to knock somebody off.”
He goes on,
“I thought there were so many things stacked against us last year,” said Gregg, “and one of them was where the ABC television schedule would put us on for three episodes and then take us down for four weeks. Nobody could get a momentum going and when the show started to be on consistently and having story that carried over in an episodic way, that’s when things started to click. So the great thing about the announcement was, A., we’re moving to nine, where it can be a little darker, like I think Marvel needs to be. Then they’re going to show, I believe it’s ten [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes], eight of [Agent Carter], then twelve [more Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]…For the most part, this is straight runs of our show, which is when I think it really works.”
So there you have it, darker tone, more stable schedule, later start time. Things may just be looking up for Agents of Shield. We’ll find out when it returns this fall.