The Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was packed to capacity on Friday evening at New York Comic Con, with security guards dressed as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents making sure no one had cameras or cell phones out at all, with secret footage planned.
As the room continued to fill up and the warmup comedian got fans who waited hours in line excited, the countdown was on.
Indeed the warmup talent promised that there would be "things no one else has ever seen before, and Marvel wants to keep it that way," confirming the new footage that would be shown at the panel.
Marvel's head of Television Jeph Loeb took the stage to eager applause.
"It's a little different this year. We're a little busier - we'll talk about that a little today, and a little tomorrow for those who come to the Marvel's Daredevil panel.
"But today we'll focus on what we refer to in the office as "The Mothership." New York Comic Con is such a special place to come back to. We announced our first live action TV series at this convention."
Loeb repeated his pump-up speach from the Marvel Animation panel, about how Joe Quesada claims the crowd at New York Comic Con is better than the one at San Diego, which got huge applause.
Loeb mentioned the show airs Tuesday nights on ABC, and thanked the other Marvel TV execs like Dan Buckley, Joe Quesada, Alan Fine, and more. "We have an extraordinary cast, writers, creators that work on this show."
"How many of you enjoyed season one?" Lots of applause. "Obviously, I've talked to a few of you. One of the things I hope you learned about Season 1, is that anybody can be Hydra" - he then pulled open his jacket to reveal a Hydra t-shirt, and Clark Gregg came out on stage to apprehend him. Standing O for Agent Coulson, and an impromptu "Coulson! Coulson!" chant from the crowd.
He leaned into the mic and said, "It's good to be alive!"
Loeb said, "The reason we are here and the reason there is an Agents of SHIELD is because of the extraordinary talent of our friend Clark Gregg."
"He was dead. You were out of a job, and we had to bring him back," Loeb said, because of the fan response.
Gregg has done four films, two one-shots - one with Sitwell.
"The cast got the scripts, and they didn't know until that moment that Sitwell was Hydra. Clark reacted like it was a legitimate betrayal!" Loeb said. He then asked Gregg about how he reacted when he got a call from Joss Whedon saying he was alive after all.
"Last week, Jeph was saying he had to be gone because he was going to New York. I said, "is it for Comic Con? Can I GO?!" and Loeb said, no! But I told him I had to because I was here two years ago and they showed a video saying I wasn't dead. I love New York, and those feelings got only warmer because I was resurrected here!" Gregg exclaimed. He then told Loeb that he had to do something to make up for him wearing the Hydra shirt.
"Is there anything I can do?" Loeb asked. "That's interesting because you have a lot of power, and Lady Sif pops into mind" Gregg joked.
"Can we see something that no one's ever seen before?" Gregg asked to Loeb.
They then introduced the next episode of the show, airing next Wednesday - the whole thing.
After the episode, Jeph Loeb thanked fans for their response to the episode (it was a GREAT one, lots of excitement and some big twists), and Gregg said, "Thank you, it was really fun to watch that with you!"
Before ending the panel, though, Gregg asked Loeb if "can we show something from Agent Carter?"
Loeb said, "They started shooting a week ago! So how on Earth could I possibly..." and Gregg cut him off "Could we please see a little Agent Carter?"
Loeb said, "If I was to show a World Premiere of a scene featuring Haley Atwell, James Darcy... if I do that, are we okay, Clark?" "If we do that then we're good," he said. He pulled a DVD out of his pocket, and they showed the first ever scene from Agent Carter, literally shot on Monday of this week.
The scene showed them pulling up to a dock. It's Peggy Carter and Howard Stark talking about a new thing he's invented. "We're not even sure it works - but let's face it, I invented it, so it works." They hug and he leaves in a motor boat. A 10 second clip of an action scene was shown, too, with her kicking some major butt. And that's all she wrote.