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Agent Coulson and ‘SHIELD’ Are in ‘a Bit of a Pickle’ in Season 2

New job, new responsibilities, new dangers.

When Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns in September for its second season, fans can expect things to heat up for Phil Coulson, recently appointed director of the recently dissolved Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

“Last we saw them, they were being hunted,” co-showrunner Jed Whedon tells “They were no one’s friends. They’re in a bit of a pickle when we find them.”

Coulson in particular will be having a hard time trusting people, given all of the Hydra betrayals at the end of the first season.

“Once we could say ‘Hydra’ and there were double-crosses and spies in our midst, the show got really interesting,” said executive producer Jeffrey Bell, “and so [we’re] continuing that with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Coulson not willing to trust people and not willing to bring people in, but having to because he doesn’t have as many resources; we think we can keep that ‘trust no one’ alive.”

Overall, the people running Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. feel much more confident about their second season than their first, which was panned by many critics, despite an uptick in quality with the final cluster of episodes.

“We have our arcs, we have our tentpoles, and we have quite a few off the board,” said co-showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen. “We’re starting production on our first episode next week, so that’s pretty fun.”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.


  • loubertvsqbert

    “co-showrunner”???? The fuck?

  • saintsaucey

    Bring back Patton Oswalt please.

  • saintsaucey

    Yeah her and her husband have been running the show together since season one.

  • Gerald Lee Florence II

    Love this show. Naysayers be damned.

  • David Fullam


  • alex

    Yes, then kill him again. :)

  • Ill Communication

    He IS back…remember the last episode?…But I know what you mean…you mean bring him BACK as a reoccurring character and I couldn’t agree more. He was great as Koenig!

  • Devil_Dinosaur

    How is this confusing to you?

  • Billy Bob Throrton

    yeah,it was like people really were dumb enough to expect movie budgets on a tv show

  • Johnny

    It was close enough!

  • Johnny

    The show is great. People need to get their heads outta their rears! They laid a proper foundation, as any good structure needs. Watch it take off now…

  • Dana

    We love this show! My son has watched the last 3 episodes over and over again and is anxiously awaiting the next season. The critics never know what the public wants or likes. This is a great show and I hope they don’t up and cancel it like so many others. Good luck with the rebuild Coulson!

  • Jack Saat

    He reads it like Joss Whedon and not understand that Joss and Jed are not the same person ;)

  • Jack Saat

    Hope he got many brothers and sisters like he may be killed off every ep :P

  • Truth_Quest30

    The show was decent enough to stick with, but the action scenes weren’t as compelling as they should have been. Especially when compared to what they do on The Blacklist.
    Coulson and Chloe Bennet are my two favorites on the show. Also the female scientist, Simmons.

  • Ill Communication

    That would be hilarious….that could be their sort of running ‘Kenny’ from South Park gag (only it’s a Marvel ‘life model decoy’ gag where they never ACTUALLY refer to the different Koenigs as LMDS) where he gets killed off every so often…lol

  • Ill Communication

    …let’s not forget that AOS will be the LONE Phase Two property leading directly into Age Of Ultron in May of 2015. I think the entire second season will be based on all that leads up to it with a LOT of Phase 3 teasers to boot. There won’t be much time to take a breath as you have Agent Carter’s entire run starting smack dab in the middle of the season.

    I expect that Agent Carter tackles the founding of Zodiac and the beginnings of Hydra…but what I’m REALLY hoping to see are Howard Stark’s early experiments and adventures…including his work on that “Synthetic Man” we all saw in the first Cap….and perhaps his further attempts to acquire more Vibranium. Seeing as how the MCU is leading into The Vision/Ultron/Wakanda/Black Panther territory…….just…..MAN.

    I can’t wait to see how this all plays out. It’s gonna be a fun ride, I’m sure.

  • CalvinballPro

    #itsallconnected indeed!

  • KidVector

    The first dozen episodes were pretty average and plodding but thankfully it did pick up the pace and excitement for the second half of the season. If they hit the ground running with season two, have good cameos and find a way to tie into the MCU again then it should be highly entertaining. Look, if a show as bad as Under The Dome can get a second season, then everyone should give Agents of SHIELD the benefit of the doubt and let them find their feet.