‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season Four To Have More “Edge And Grit”, Says Jeph Loeb

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It seems like the words “edge” and “grit” are newly adopted buzz words that also mean, “good TV” when talking about comic book and superhero shows. If shows like Arrow, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones are any indication, fans like their shows dark. ABC has moved Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s fourth season to a new 10 pm time-slot, and as a result is reportedly going to be delving into darker territory as well.

Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, spoke with Comic Book Resources during Comic-Con and talked about how the time change will impact the show.

“By going to 10 o’clock, we’re going to be taking on just a little bit more edge, a little bit more grit. The show is pretty violent for something at 9 o’clock, but when we get to 10 o’clock, we’re going to be just a little hair of something that I think people are going to really enjoy.”

As Loeb said, S.H.I.E.L.D. is already quite violent compared to Marvel’s big screen properties. Moving to 10 pm will let it have even more freedom in that regard. Season four will be mixing the show up a bit, introducing a new director (Jason O’Mara), giving Mack, Coulson, and the rest of the team new positions, and essentially breaking off Daisy (now known as her comic book alias, Quake) from the team. The new season will also be introducing the Robbie Reyes version of Ghost Rider, which makes sense considering the show would have to go a bit darker to accommodate the nature of the character.

How do you think all of these changes will impact Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Make sure to let us know your thoughts down in the comments.

Source: ComicBookResources

Josh Behr

Josh Behr

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  • Steve Steve

    I think my biggest problem with this show is the 20+ episode format that leads to so much filler. It’s the same problem I have with the CW shows. AMC runs a 8-13 episode format and I think abc, nbc, cbs, fox, etc. need to follow suit. Shows are so much better when you condense them to their core stories and play them out appropriately.

    (I’m not a fan of Walking Dead either btw)

    Fargo, Better Call Saul, GOT, Stranger Things, Daredevil, Peaky Blinders, Archer, and others are fantastic stories told masterfully in a condensed format.

    Vikings, Jessica Jones, Preacher, Scream, and a lot more are very solid shows that also capitalize on the compressed season format.

    I need to catch up on Vikings and intend to start Black Sails soon too.

    All I’m saying is that every episode should really be worthwhile (even the “bottle episodes”).

    • DefJ123

      I totally agree with this. I love AoS but it would serve the show far better to have a max 13 episode season. Get to the action quick, don’t drag plot lines on forever. Personally I feel Flash S2 would have benefited from a shorter season a lot as well.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Oooooohhhhh, “EDGE n’ GRIT”! Aren’t those the usual trigger words to elicit a lil’ tingle in the garden-variety dceu fangurl’s nethers?

    • Joey Wabi-Sabi

      In other words, you’re admitting that Marvel is trying to be more like DC. HAH!
      Regardless though – no amount of edge and grit will ever save this show from its imminent cancellation.

      • Marquis de Sade

        Noooo, that was sarcasm.


    LMAO, I bet it does. Anything to keep from getting cancelled, I guess.

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    • Joey Wabi-Sabi

      Haha they have been trying SO hard to put a positive spin on their forced move to the 10pm time slot.
      “We wanted to move to 10pm! We wanted to be more edgy and dark! It was always part of the plan!”
      No…no it wasn’t. You’re moving to 10pm because no one watches your show. End of story.

    • Axxell

      You’ve been saying that for, what, 3 seasons now?

  • UnBoxingJon

    They’ll have more grit for the first five episodes until they go off and chase their tails in another direction like they always do.

  • Joey Wabi-Sabi

    I love how they’ve been constantly making excuses for why they were pushed to a 10pm slot…..as if that was intentional for the sole purpose of providing more “edge and grit”.
    No. You were FORCED to move to 10pm because the ratings are garbage, the acting is laughable, and the show is about to get cancelled.