"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" premiered on Sept. 24 and transferred the Marvel universe to television with the spy organization. The Hollywood Reporter interviewed show creator Joss Whedon about his desire to keep things a secret on his new television series.
"Knowing very little intrigues people," Whedon said. "We know that people will have eyes on it, so we like the secrecy. Going in there without knowing anything is more rewarding."
Whedon previously created popular genre shows "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Firefly" and "Dollhouse," so this is a welcome return to television for the popular storyteller. He has always been good at surprising his viewers and the debut episode of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" provided more questions than answers.
Here are three questions that arose out of the "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" premiere.
What is Agent Coulson's secret?
Of course, Agent Coulson died in "The Avengers," yet he is alive and well here in the premiere episode of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD." So, what is up with that?
In the episode, Coulson said that Nick Fury lied about his death to motivate The Avengers, and that he was actually dead for eight seconds before doctors revived him. They then sent him to Tahiti to recover and now he is back.
The problem is that Agent Maria Hill said that he doesn't know the real truth and can never know what really happened. This should be a long-running mystery on "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" and one that will be a major part of the storyline and plot developments in the future.
One idea is that Agent Coulson did die and that this is a replica with his memories installed. There are even some who believe that Colson is actually from the World War II era and maybe died numerous times and has been a replica ever since.
Who are the bad guys?
The bad guys from the first episode seem to be some kind of evil scientists and rivals for SHIELD. The idea here is that it is possibly AIM, the same bad guys from "Iron Man 3." That makes a lot of sense because the Extremis virus was used by AIM in that movie and makes a reappearance here.
There is also a good chance that HYDRA, the SHIELD nemesis from the Captain America movies might have something to do with it as well.
Will this tie in with the movies?
There is a chance that some people could sift through here. Maria Hill was in the episode, but it appears that she might be on a few shows throughout the season. They mentioned Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Captain America in the episode to keep it grounded in the world.
More likely, this will be a proving ground for superheroes not yet introduced in the movie world, maybe to gauge their popularity. But, never say never when it comes to someone like Nick Fury himself making a guest appearance.
"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" airs on Tuesday nights on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.