When we started an online petition last year to prevent Joss Whedon's new TV show Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from getting cancelled before it got put on the air, we thought that it was just a fun little dig at Whedon's tendency to produce cult TV shows that quickly got cancelled.
Evidently, Whedon wasn't amused by the comment and got his revenge yesterday when he declared that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wouldn't be an "easter egg hunt" chock full of references to the comics. "The show is about the six people who are in the show,” Whedon said in an interview to IGN. “And every week we’ll meet somebody that they have to deal with. Some of those people will be very sympathetic, some of them will be evil, some will be from the Marvel canon, some will reference it — but it’s not an Easter egg hunt. It really is just about the lives of these people as they’re dealing with this super-world."
He then turned directly to the camera and said "The reason why we're not having easter eggs is because I knew the Outhouse was going to write a weekly column about them. Fuck those guys, I'd rather have no easter eggs at all." The Outhouse is currently home to Arrow Annotations, a hitmaking column about all the easter eggs in CW's Arrow, and recently announced its plans to have a S.H.I.E.L.D. Dossiers column covering the ABC show. Before IGN could ask any follow up questions, Whedon turned into a dragon and flew away.
We spoke to Outhouse writer and professional easter egg hunter ThanosCopter about the dramatic reveal. "Good," ThanosCopter said as he ruined a children's scavenger hunt. "It'll save me from writing up a half dozen columns before it gets cancelled like the rest of his shows." ThanosCopter then pointed out to a small child how his T-Shirt was a reference to Lost and that his parents had previously been extras in Smallville.
We'll keep you updated on the brewing feud between Whedon and the Outhouse as it develops.