Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. SDCC 2016 Interview: Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon

We were left with many questions at the end of season three of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and we took the opportunity that we had at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) to chat to producers and creators, Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon about the past season and what’s coming next.

Regarding Ghost Rider, Maurissa Tancharoen said that they are very excited to have Ghost Rider on the show, particularly the Robbie Reyes version. When asked why they picked Robbie Reyes over the various other Ghost Riders over the years, Jed Whedon said that they wanted it to seem new and different and most people aren’t familiar with that version of Ghost Rider but also because the character is new it gives them a bit more latitude and they liked the character and it fits in well with their dynamic on the show.

We asked how the sacrifice of Lincoln would affect the other characters – especially Daisy and Tancharoen notes that in the flash forward we see that Daisy has gone rogue and that’s an example of how she has isolated herself after the events of Lincoln’s death. Whedon commented that Daisy is trying to do good, and honor what Lincoln said which was that he believed that she was made for more than this.

They responded to questions about the new 10p.m. time slot by saying that it allows them to go a little darker and also a bit sexier – noting that Fitzsimmons is now in a relationship. The new time slot is also what factored into them adding Ghost Rider to the show.

About Fitzsimmons, they we asked if the couple was planned from the beginning or if it resulted from the storyline and the actors’ chemistry. They said that the writers went back and forth around whether they should get together, but after all the obstacles that they put in their way it felt almost wrong to keep them apart anymore. But Maurissa Tancharoen did note that even in relationships there are complications especially when they work together, live together and we’ll see how that will pan out.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for season four on September 20th at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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