Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is produced by the creative trio of Joss Whedon, and husband and wife team Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Hot on the heels of the series premiere, THR has posted an interview with Jed and Maurissa discussing the series. One of the biggest tidbits to come out of that interview is the one big NO-NO word that no Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. can ever utter.
What word is out of bounds? What word could be so bad that it can never be said?
What kind of rules exist in the SHIELD universe?
Tancharoen: We can’t ever say “mutant.”
Whedon: There’s a database that’s tailored to our show with the properties we can use as well as the properties that are owned by other studios and things that are flagged for major franchises. There are certain areas we can’t go because we don’t want to step on the toes of the movies. We’ve had free reign. There are certain rules in terms of the Marvel brand. Marvel is very focused on being grounded — and it is our world with the one twist that they’re superheroes. There’s no Metropolis, there’s no Gotham. It’s New York City and Chicago, and in the cinematic universe the process of powers is pretty young. They say it’s only been a couple years since Iron Man in terms of our timeline in the universe. So the idea in our world that powers exist is new to the population and SHIELD’s job description. It used to be keeping those things secret and that has now changed, so we’re dealing with some of that.
Until those studios that own the rights can come up with some kind of agreement, we’re not going to see some of the characters we’d all love to see together. It’s a shame, a down right shame, but its something fans are going to have to learn to live with.