EW Staff
September 13, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Maurissa Tancharoen
”Fitz-Simmons was one of the first ideas we had, of having a character you think is one person but then when you meet them you realize it’s two people [Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge].”

Jed Whedon
”And we get a sense of how excited Simmons is to step into the field, which is something that Elizabeth really brought to the role, and we also get a feeling of how unexcited Ward is right here.”

Jed Whedon
”Ward [Brett Dalton] is not used to working with people. He’s stepping into a room with possibly the worst people you could be stuck in a room with, if you were not good at working with people. Fitz-Simmons are so used to only working with each other, they don’t have the social skills to ingratiate themselves to a stranger.”

Maurissa Tancharoen
”I mean, they’re cutting off every one of Ward’s sentences and disregarding his personal space and smashing apart his Comms.”

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
New Drama, 8 p.m., ABC
About The Show What makes Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. different from any other series on TV? ”The name’s longer,” quips exec producer Jed Whedon, brother of Joss (who’s also an exec producer). Well, there’s that, and it’s big-screen hit factory Marvel’s first-ever live-action show. S.H.I.E.L.D. resurrects The Avengers‘ top cop Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) as he gathers a group of nonsuperpowered crime-stoppers who crisis-manage global threats, all while cracking jokes. ”What I loved about The Avengers is it’s so damn funny, and that’s the case here,” Gregg says. Exhibit A: This scene from the pilot, where uptight Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) stumbles into the tech lab ruled by Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), a.k.a. Fitz-Simmons. Sept. 24

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