In the fall of 2013, the Marvel Cinematic Universe made their way to the smaller screen for the first time. Before Netflix hit it big with Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Executive Producer Joss Whedon brought fans into the heart of the Marvel Universe with his newest series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The show followed fan favorite Agent Phil Coulson who’d been resurrected, after his untimely death in The Avengers, because of a very successful fan campaign known as #CoulsonLives. With a juggernaut premiere episode that broke records at the time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was set to become the very important bridge between all the Marvel films that we would be watching on the big screen.
It’s been a rocky road full of shocking twists and turns but after two years, the series has celebrated a TV milestone with their 50th episode of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel Entertainment took fans behind the scenes with the original cast and producers to reminisce on their favorite moments of the series.
Throughout the clip, cast members talked about their most memorable moments with their own characters over the course of fifty episodes. But when it came time to talk to the producers of the series, the nostalgia kicked into high gear.
Jed Whedon mentioned the show’s most iconic hour “Turn, Turn, Turn” and the shocking reveal of Grant Ward being a Hydra Sleeper, while Maurissa Tancharoen remembered pranks on set between their younger cast.
Jeph Loeb, who is the head of Marvel TV and serves as an executive producer on the show, named the Pilot as his most memorable moment. He described the cast and crew’s first day on set, painting an extremely vivid picture of what that first shot was like.
“I remember the first morning. It’s about 6:15. Everyone gets to set. It’s the first shot. It’s Ward walking up to The Bus, the big giant airplane. Of course there is no big giant airplane; it’s just a big empty hangar. And Brett comes walking across as Ward and looks up at it and has this look of amazement on his face; that he’s going to join S.H.I.E.L.D. And I think we all had the same look of amazement, largely because we were looking at a big empty hangar and that somehow in the middle of big emptiness, there was going to be magic.”
Now that their fiftieth episode has aired, the cast and crew of this series are looking ahead at their next fifty. With their significant connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe still very much present, the show’s extremely passionate fan base is looking forward to seeing what the next fifty hours of television has in store for them.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is currently airing Tuesdays at 9PM on ABC.