“We started hashing out the second season before we even wrapped [Season 1],” Tancharoen tells Zap2it and a few other reporters at ABC’s summer TV press tour party. “We have our arcs, we have our tentpoles, and we have quite a few off the board. We’re starting production on our first episode next week, so that’s pretty fun.”
“Once we could say ‘HYDRA‘ and there were double-crosses and spies in our midst, the show got really interesting, and so [we’re] continuing that with SHIELD 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,” Bell says.
“Last we saw them, they were being hunted. They were no one’s friends. They’re in a bit of a pickle when we find them,” Whedon says.
Austin Nichols only appeared in one episode of Season 1 as Rising Tide member Miles Lydon, but he’s stayed in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. family as real-life boyfriend to Chloe Bennet. Tancharoen also suggests that Coulson may have to turn to the Rising Tide for help in rebuilding what’s been lost.
Whedon hedges also noting that Lydon may battle with Ward for Skye’s affection. Bell says, “We love who he’s become. He’s really fun.”
There is also the chance that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will tie into Agent Carter, which has Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas as showrunners. The “SHIELD” producers aren’t ruling out that opportunity, or a tie-in to “Guardians of the Galaxy” after that movie comes out Aug. 1.
“It’s a very cool opportunity that we have. Marvel, their whole thing is ‘it’s all connected,'” Tancharoen says. “Do we connect with ‘Agent Carter’? Do we connect with ‘Guardians’? Do we connect with anything else coming up?”
Just don’t expect any movie-TV crossover to be quite as big as the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” one in Season 1. “Fortunately there will not be a movie that comes out that destroys SHIELD, so our approach is definitely different this year,” Whedon says. “In terms of game-changers, that’s hard to beat.”
“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” Season 2 premieres Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.