Thanks to Comic Book Resources, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen took some time out to answer some questions from fans. We’ve posted a couple of them below but be sure to click through for the whole interview. The questions range from fan reactions to S.H.I.E.L.D. history and the possibility of tying in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier
CBR News: Jed, Maurissa, before we get to the fan questions, let’s muse a bit about viewer relations in general. In however much you’ve been able to monitor it, what’s your current gauge of fan reaction — be it Twitter, in-person, general word-of-mouth — to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so far? And how important to you both is a strong relationship with fans for a show like this one?
Jed Whedon: They seem to love it on iheartMAOS.com and less so on areyoukiddingmeyouidiots.net, but overall the response has been positive. But there was also a lot of anticipation for this show and inevitably, not everyone got what they wanted.
Maurissa Tancharoen: We hear everyday from people who love the show and are passionate about it. We’re grateful for the fans; a relationship with them is something that’s very important to us. Our first experience with the power of fandom was “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” It was so unexpected and overwhelming that it will stick with us forever. We feel interaction with the fans will always be an integral part of our work. The joyous part.
An even longer-tem question comes from R. Smith: “Has any of the criticism the show has received made an impact on how you intend to proceed with you two year plan?”
Tancharoen: As writers, we only aim to please. Or we aimed to please as children, which is why we became writers.
Whedon: When you’re in a band and you play a song and the crowd goes to the bar to get a drink during that number, you don’t play it again. So we won’t keep doing things if people don’t respond to them, and we take fan reaction into consideration, of course. However, we’ve always had a plan in place that all involved parties feel is both rewarding to those who already love the show, and to those who feel they are not getting everything they want out of it yet. But you can’t please everyone, and when you don’t, they seem to tweet at you.