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Joss Whedon Says 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV Series Will Star 'New Characters.' Like Who? (Survey)

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 12, 2012 4:55 PM
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Announced at the end of last month... the espionage and secret military law-enforcement agency in the Marvel Comics Universe, known as S.H.I.E.L.D, is heading at ABC as a serial, with Joss Whedonwho wrote and directed the big-screen version of The Avengers, shepherding, along with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse).

Josh Whedon will also executive produce, with Jed, Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb of Marvel Television.

In that initial announcement, I wondered whether Samuel L. Jackson, who plays S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury, will be involved with the series in any way, and what S.H.I.E.L.D. agents will be included in the cast of characters, adding that I'd expect Whedon will work on turf that's most familiar to mainstream Avengers audiences. 

Skip ahead to today, speaking with MTV News while promoting Much Ado about Nothing at the Toronto International Film Festival, Whedon revealed that he's "very far" in the process of creating the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV universe, and has even already built and assembled "a full framework and a full cast," that would consist of all new characters, instead of those we've already seen in the Marvel movies.

Great idea! Give some new characters life, instead of recycling the same ones.

Whedon doesn't share what S.H.I.E.L.D members will be in the series, so we'll just have to wait for that official announcement.

Those in-the-know would be aware that there are dozens of S.H.I.E.L.D agents/members, and as you'd suspect, some of them are black. So, for all you comic book pros, I'll hand the mic over to you folks for your own S.H.I.E.L.D dream team. What would it look like? Who would be a part of that universe?

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  • VichusSmith | September 12, 2012 6:40 PMReply

    It just means Cobie Smulders will most likely not reprise her role from the movie, and Sam Jackson is probably not going to do it, either. S.H.I.E.L.D. members? I don't know, because aside from those you've seen in the movie, there are not many notable agents. I think Howling Commandos members are notable in S.H.I.E.L.D., but the nature of the Commandos in the modern world has not been approached in the Marvel Movie universe yet, and I don't think they'd have them time jump like Cap did.

  • No | September 12, 2012 6:31 PMReply

    How did Nick Fury morph into a black one? Originally, there was a Sgt. Nick Fury and his Howling Commando, which was Marvel war magazine saga. Later, Nick Fury, still white but a colonel, was running SHIELD. So, was he blacken during the film version of Iron Man? Did this happen to him in the Marvel comic universe? Does anyone know?

  • VichusSmith | September 12, 2012 6:41 PM

    You've been gone for a while. Marvel came up with the Ultimate Universe, and in that line of comics, Nick Fury is black, and he looked like Sam Jackson years before he took the role.

  • Fahad | September 12, 2012 5:48 PMReply

    I'm hoping Whedon & Co. uses the characters they introduced in 'Item 47'! I'm also with Jug in hoping they use Marcus/Nick Fury Jr.

  • kirk | September 12, 2012 5:39 PMReply

    That's awesome! Now how bout some black superhero's in the movies?!?

  • Jug | September 12, 2012 5:15 PMReply

    I claim Marcus Johnson aka Nick fury Jr. Done.

  • VichusSmith | September 12, 2012 8:44 PM

    If they put a younger bald man with an eyepatch and call him Nick Fury Jr, I will not be the only one who will laugh at it. A son for Nick Fury who's in SHIELD, however, isn't a terrible idea.

  • Jug | September 12, 2012 6:50 PM

    While that may be true, it doesn't mean it can't be done well for the show. No one complained when they obviously made Fury look exactly like Sam Jack because, hey, they could. And how much everyone said "Holy shit, that's an awesome idea!" But they were so obviously riding SHAFT 2000's jock. Look at all the Green Lanterns of Earth-specifically John Stewart & how popular he became. Just because it's an obvious plan to pull full synergy between all facets of Marvel's business, doesn't mean its a bad one.

  • VichusSmith | September 12, 2012 6:43 PM

    Nick Fury Jr is a hack-ass, lame shoehorned idea to get a black Nick Fury in the regular Marvel Comics. If he shows up, I will laugh my ass off.

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