Jed Whedon, co-showrunner on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., is set to make his directorial debut on Tuesday's upcoming episode of the series, which is entitled Self-Control.
The upcoming episode is a pivotal one as it will conclude the current L.M.D. story arc and kick off the final pod of episodes for the season. Whedon, who also co-wrote the episode, informed IGN that he'd always wanted to try his hand at directing, and decided that Season 4 of the hit ABC series would finally be his time to get behind the camera.
"Now the ship is up and running," he said. "Last year [co-showrunner] Maurissa and I wrote ['Spacetime'] and Kevin [Tancharoen] directed it and I did a little second unit stuff on that, and that was a special one to us, so I was like, 'Alright, let's not wait. We'll schedule it and see what happens and see how life gets in the way.'"
Series leading man Clark Gregg says that he is looking forward to working with Jed Whedon, a man who has spent most of his time on the show needed in the writer's room.
"It's kind of amazing. They're cooking up this vast world we have all the time and we don't get to hang out with them as much as we did Season 1, so it's really nice to have him down here," said Gregg. "He wrote this episode too, so there's really no filter between the voice of this really wild episode that we're shooting right now and us. It's really kind of a pure conduit, which is great, because there's some very radical stuff happening, so it's great to be able to talk to him about it."
Actress Chloe Bennett feels the same way.
"I can't even tell you how overwhelmingly relieved I am to have him down here," she said. "The vision is so clear. There's a lot more room to play, like 'what about this?' and the enthusiasm because he wrote these words, he knows what's coming next. It's been so much fun. I hope he can direct all the time. I hope he does in the future."
Whedon's episode of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday, February 21st at 10pm.
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