With badges for the San Diego Comic Con going on sale this weekend we thought we would take a minute to talk about what we might expect from S.H.I.E.L.D. at the mega geek event of the year.
Last year the big announcement that ABC and Marvel were teaming up to create the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series came at New York Comic Con with a pre-recorded message from Joss Whedon and on stage appearance by Clark Gregg and of course several of the Marvel films have had a big comic con presence.
When discussing S.H.I.E.L.D. at the Television Critics Association press event in January ABC President Paul Lee spoke to The Hollywood Reporter and said “I know we’re going to have fun at Comic-Con.” which is enough to make us think announcing a series pickup is little more than a formality and that big things are in the works for this years San Diego event.
SHIELDtv.net's Comic Con expert James shares what we can expect
If there's even half the buzz and excitement surrounding S.H.I.E.L.D. at Comic-Con that there was for Avengers in 2010, we're in for a great ride. Despite everybody knowing who was going to be announced during the Marvel panel, the air was electric that day. I count seeing Robert Downey Jr. & Samuel L. Jackson announcing the cast of the Avengers and writer/director Joss Whedon as one of my top 5 Comic-Con moments in my 17 years of attending.
As for S.H.I.E.L.D. being at Comic-Con this year, you can expect Marvel and ABC to pull out all the stops for their first foray into series television for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I'm not even saying "if" in this case, they would be insane not to show up and promote the show where it will do the most good with/for the fans. Most likely, and at the very least, there will be promo handouts and prop displays at the Marvel booth. They love to give out shirts and hats, but be prepared to work for them. Similar to the Item 47 scavenger hunt last year they may do some kind of ARG around the Gaslamp to see a special screening of the pilot. What would be best though is a panel (in Hall H of course) and pilot screening at Comic-Con. If they're smart, they'll run the pilot during the preview night screenings so as many people as possible can see it. Personally I'd rather they not show it during the panel since I like more time for cast and crew to talk about the show and take questions.