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'S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV Series Moves Ahead, Joss Whedon To Write & Possibly Direct

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 28, 2012 9:59 PM
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S.H.I.E.L.D. Joss Whedon

Well, that didn't take long. Mere weeks after inking a 3 year deal with Marvel, parent company Disney has put Joss Whedon to work, and it will find him expanding the comic brand to the small screen.

Deadline reports that Whedon will co-write and possibly direct the pilot for the live-action "S.H.I.E.L.D." if he has room in his schedule. Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen will co-write and, while exact details are still coming together—probably because Whedon still has to put pen to paper (or cursor to screen)—it's a pretty no brainer idea. If Marvel wants to use the small screen to introduce B-level characters that could possibly crossover to the movies, there's no better way to do it than through S.H.I.E.L.D. which could act as a clearing house for that kind of stuff. And we'd reckon that's the way they'll go.

Whether we'll see any of the big screen heroes and villains make small screen appearances remains to be seen, but that too seems like an obvious thing to do, at least for some of the secondary folks (ie. you don't want to waste one of Chris Hemsworth's contractual obligations on a TV cameo). Now that production is officially underway, with ABC ordering up a pilot, and gears turning on this, hopefully we'll find out more soon. And yeah, you can bet that under Whedon, "S.H.I.E.L.D." will tie into the Marvel universe of movies and the slate through 2015 and "The Avengers 2."

Exciting times ahead for Marvel and more evidence that they are leaving DC Comics way, way behind. 

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  • Jug | August 29, 2012 1:56 PMReply

    Why can't we have Marcus Johnson, aka Nick Fury, Jr., as one of the leads on this?,_Jr._(Earth-616)

  • REZA | August 29, 2012 12:04 AMReply

    DC desperately need to pick up their game.

  • Jack | August 28, 2012 10:27 PMReply

    This is...interesting. Though shouldn't expect Maria Hill since Cobie Smulders works for CBS. Wonder what characters will be on it.

  • berk | August 28, 2012 11:45 PM

    HIMYM had only been renewed for its upcoming eighth season. If it doesn't get picked up for more, Smulders would be free to shoot the SHIELD show next summer. With Clark Gregg's Agent Caulson out of the picture (prequel series! Life Model Decoy! flashbacks!), that leaves Titus Welliver's agent and Agent Sitwell who were both introduced in the short films from the dvd extras.

  • Andrew | August 28, 2012 10:07 PMReply

    Toss Sam Jackson an executive producer credit in exchange for doing a few episodes a season. Problem solved.

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