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The ABC drama series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is returning for Season 2 on September 23rd with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) as the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and rebuilding the organization torn apart by Hydra won’t be easy. In the meantime, you can either catch up or relive the action-packed twists and turns of the first season’s 22 episodes, and all of the behind-the-scenes features and deleted scenes, on Blu-ray/DVD.

The lovely people at Collider were lucky enough to have an exclusive phone interview with, executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen who talked about what they were most proud of with the first season, stand-out fight scenes, whether they always knew the twist with Agent Ward (Brett Dalton), viewing Season 2 as a sequel where they can just pick up where they left off, that the questions asked last season will be answered soon, the journey of the new wild card Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., what Lucy Lawless is bringing to the show, Easter eggs, funny behind-the-scenes moments, deciding which comic book characters to introduce, the dog controversy, and the new later time slot. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Collider: Looking back on the first season, what are you guys most proud of, with how it all played out and what you were able to set up for Season 2?

MAURISSA TANCHAROEN: There were many challenges, as we dove into the first season. One of them was that our cast of characters we were introducing had not yet been established in the Marvel universe. We had to spend a good amount of time developing those characters, and letting the audience grow to know and love them, hopefully. By the end of the season, we feel that it worked. Going to Comic-Con this year, after having the first season under our belts and seeing the response to our actors up on the stage, they weren’t calling their actual names, they were calling their characters’ names. And there were people in cosplay as Agent May, Ward, Fitz and Simmons, and Skye. It was really very nice to see the response.

JED WHEDON: Yeah. We obviously had a huge monkey wrench in the middle of our season, with The Winter Soldier coming in and making the name of our show irrelevant. We’re proud of how we navigated that. We weren’t allowed to say the word Hydra. We weren’t allowed to have any moles in our team, or in S.H.I.E.L.D., in general. So, the use of The Clairvoyant, and how we built into and out of that, carried through to the end of the season. We’re proud of how those stories played out, and how everyone we worked with stepped up to the plate.

TANCHAROEN: We’re most proud of how we actually pulled off keeping the secret.

This awesome interview goes on and on and has so much more to say. Make sure you check it out here.

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