SDCC 2014 Interview: Mark Waid Talks S.H.I.E.L.D.

Posted by inferiorego (23071 posts) - - Show Bio

For those who are enjoying the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, you're in luck because Marvel announced on Sunday that there's a new series coming to town: S.H.I.E.L.D., which is will be like the show but with an unlimited budget, taking place in the 616 universe. Writer of this upcoming series, Mark Waid, talked to us about the series and what we can expect.

COMIC VINE: What is the new S.H.I.E.L.D. series about?

MARK WAID: As the Marvel Universe becomes more and more perilous, Fury and Coulson bring a new strategy to certain missions--recruiting specialists whose skill sets line up with the mission at hand. Often, that's other superheroes, many without any prior connection to SHIELD. Sometimes, it's supervillains. Sometimes it's the most obvious candidate, often it's the least. But it's a chance to do a SHIELD series truly spanning the Marvel Universe.​

CV: Who is a part of this new team and what can we expect hero and villainwise in this book?

​MW: The main player in every story is Agent Coulson, and Fury will be a mainstay. Beyond that, what's exciting is the opportunity to introduce some of the other TV cast into the Marvel Universe proper, creating "Marvel Universe" versions of Mae, Fitz, Simmons, and the others. And in terms of guest-stars, the sky's the limit, but we've already figured out stories with guest-stars like Dr. Strange, Iron Man, Daredevil, Baron Mordo, Magneto, Invisible Woman, and the New Warrior kids. Just for starters.​

CV: What kind of tone will this series have? Are you going more along the same lines as the television series?

MW: ​To a large extent, but not by design--more because it's a tone that tends to echo the tone generally in my own writing. ​

CV: Is there any connection to the Hickman run of S.H.I.E.L.D. at all?

​MW: Keep reading.​

CV: Each issue is going to have a single mission. Are all the issues meant to be stand alone or will these stories be building to something bigger?

MW: ​It would seem to make sense that while every mission is a stand-alone story that there'd be some running connection, wouldn't it?​

CV: Another interesting thing about this series is that it has a rotating crew of artists. As a writer, what were the challenges in writing for different artists with each issue?

MW: No challenge, just opportunity. Carlos Pacheco does bombastic action terrifically. Chris Sprouse brings the humanity with a dash of humor, and Alan Davis can draw anything!​

CV: How much of the new Deathlok will we see?

MW: All 6'2" of him.

Thanks to Mark Waid and make sure to check out S.H.I.E.L.D. this December.

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#1 Posted by The Stegman (29553 posts) - - Show Bio

Why is male Thor there? Is that Steve Rogers? Why is he not old?? Why are the Thing and Spidey there at all?? So many questions!

#2 Posted by kilowog52 (750 posts) - - Show Bio

Marvel keeps putting out more and more series! And as far as I can tell, not many of the existing ones get cancelled!

#3 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (41013 posts) - - Show Bio

When this was first announced I got real excited because I thought it was Hickman continuing the book he stared. You can imagine how I felt when it turned out yo be Waid....

#4 Posted by blackhawk000111 (980 posts) - - Show Bio

Why is male Thor there? Is that Steve Rogers? Why is he not old?? Why are the Thing and Spidey there at all?? So many questions!

I have same questions,this book look so out of continut.y

#5 Posted by G_leno (1368 posts) - - Show Bio

Why is male Thor there? Is that Steve Rogers? Why is he not old?? Why are the Thing and Spidey there at all?? So many questions!

Because even the writers at Marvel hate the changes and are trying to ingore them. I hope.

#6 Edited by Mercy_ (93267 posts) - - Show Bio

Sometimes I feel like the only person who couldn't care less about Coulson.

Looking forward to this series, though.

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#7 Edited by Teerack (9558 posts) - - Show Bio

Secret Avengers has made Coulson one of my favorite character. I'm going to be all over this book.

This makes me wonder... is Storm back to being an Avenger?

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#8 Posted by MarcosVergara14 (528 posts) - - Show Bio

I love how they put every Marvel Hero on the cover to promote a book about the AGENTS of S.H.I.E.L.D. And being honest did anyone really wanted this characters so much to put them in the mainstream Marvel Universe they suck in TV Show?

#9 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (10512 posts) - - Show Bio

Ugh Hate SHIELD

#10 Posted by leokearon (1950 posts) - - Show Bio

@teerack said:

Secret Avengers has made Coulson one of my favorite character. I'm going to be all over this book.

This makes me wonder... is Storm back to being an Avenger?

I don't thing so, Waid mentions a number of characters that haven't been Avengers like Magento and Baron Mordo?!

#11 Posted by SynCig (898 posts) - - Show Bio

As a concept, I think this S.H.I.E.L.D book sounds pretty cool but I am getting a little tired of the films/tv shows so heavily influencing the comics. Part of me thinks I should just get over it because it seems like a trend that is here to stay, but I think including characters that aren't all that well liked is taking it a bit too far. Coulson made sense because he was a fan favorite but most of the characters from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are pretty bland imo. Although, with Waid writing it, there is a better than average chance it'll be good.

#12 Posted by StMichalofWilson (4918 posts) - - Show Bio

So it's basically Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in comic book form. I'm cool with that

#13 Posted by Spulk (128 posts) - - Show Bio

Out of continuity and more focused on the tv series maybe???

#14 Edited by darkbeam (2873 posts) - - Show Bio

No thanks not interested Marvel.

#15 Edited by Guardiandevil83 (7325 posts) - - Show Bio

@stmichalofwilson: Which is the main gripe people had about the show. The lack of Marvel comic elements.

#16 Posted by cdw101 (378 posts) - - Show Bio

Shield bores me!!!

#17 Posted by stormphoenix (1294 posts) - - Show Bio
#18 Posted by majingojira (42 posts) - - Show Bio

Waid alone, for me, is a reason to at least give it a look.

#19 Posted by The Impersonator (6827 posts) - - Show Bio

This series will most likely be shielded by readers.

#20 Posted by Teerack (9558 posts) - - Show Bio

@cdw101: I agree with you there sir. @teerack: Yes I would say she is.

No she's not. Waid said it was going to have a lot of non avenger team ups.

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#21 Posted by Wardishy (1131 posts) - - Show Bio

So, this is basically what people were hoping the TV series would be in the first place, and people are still complaining about it? WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE.

#22 Edited by akbogert (3289 posts) - - Show Bio

This book would make a lot more sense if they didn't say it's 616.

This is a show that has actually denied the existence of magic, and in which mutants are not known to exist by people who live a stone's throw from Westchester in the 21st century. The show itself has so deeply made clear the line between Marvel-owned cinematic properties and those owned by Fox and Sony that the idea that those characters could possibly be 616 characters is patently absurd.

#23 Edited by leokearon (1950 posts) - - Show Bio

@akbogert said:

This book would make a lot more sense if they didn't say it's 616.

This is a show that has actually denied the existence of magic, and in which mutants are not known to exist by people who live a stone's throw from Westchester in the 21st century. The show itself has so deeply made clear the line between Marvel-owned cinematic properties and those owned by Fox and Sony that the idea that those characters could possibly be 616 characters is patently absurd.

It's inspired by the show, not an adaptation, these will be the Earth 616 versions of Agents of SHIELD in the same way Coulson is the Earth 616 version of Movie Coulson.. The show exists as part of the marvel Mutliverse just like all movies and TV shows Marvel has ever done.

#24 Posted by akbogert (3289 posts) - - Show Bio

@leokearon: I recognize the latter point. I'm just saying that these characters would be very different had they lived in the 616 -- nearly unrecognizable from the people they are in the show. It's just a radically different place to live in. Think, they lived through the attack by the Chitauri; it's a major formative moment for so many of these characters, learning about aliens and superheroes and whatnot. That's an event that didn't happen in 616, and it's an event that would have played out far differently in a world with X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man.

So your point that it's inspired, not an adaptation, is kind of another way of phrasing why I think it's ridiculous: a comic version of the show would make plenty of sense; trying to integrate these characters into the 616 universe without radically changing who they are, not so much.

#25 Posted by Novemberx2 (505 posts) - - Show Bio

Am I the only person who got excited thinking this was a continuation of hickman incredible:

SHIELD: Architects of Forever

Instead its the Bland wannabe A-Team of Shield TV show in comic form. Urgh so much forced market market synergy!

stop trying to make stop trying to make "agents of shield" happen, its not gonna happen

#26 Posted by Mucklefluga (2648 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh FFS, Marvel are f**king mixing their cinematic universe with the comics once again. STOP CHANGING THE COMICS FOR THE MOVIES AND TV SHOWS.

#27 Posted by snarkybits (399 posts) - - Show Bio

stop trying to make stop trying to make "agents of shield" happen, its not gonna happen

Pretty sure it already has...

#28 Posted by Winter_Kills (1332 posts) - - Show Bio

@g_leno said:

@the_stegman said:

Why is male Thor there? Is that Steve Rogers? Why is he not old?? Why are the Thing and Spidey there at all?? So many questions!

Because even the writers at Marvel hate the changes and are trying to ingore them. I hope.

We can only hope, brother. It does my heart good to see Cap & Thor as they're supposed to be.

On the note of the series, I'm thinking positive about it. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.- the show- with an unlimited budget, or the budget of the movies, would be an awesome show. And I do like Phil Coulson, I think he's the best original character to be introduced in the movies, he's a likable & relatable character, & I do like him being brought into the comics(moreso than Sam Jackson Fury/Marcus Johnson, which seemed very forced.) & in the comics there are really no limits to the scope, not constrained by the budget & what characters they can or can't use. So this has the potential to be a good series. I'll definitely give it a chance.

#30 Posted by Guardian3712 (29 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll be reading this

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