Earlier this month, Marvel Studios and Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Joss Whedon would be back to write and direct "The Avengers 2," and would develop a live-action TV series for Disney based on Marvel characters.
The decision to make the Marvel TV show a S.H.I.E.L.D. one makes sense from a practical perspective: it will no doubt be cheaper to produce than a superhero show, which would undoubtedly require a signficiant investment of resources in expensive computer effects.
In terms of talent, Pajiba notes that Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury probably won't be featured other than a few cameos, but Whedon could bring back some of his usual suspects, among them Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau and Eliza Dushku. Depending on the future of "How I Met Your Mother," Cobie Smulders could even return as Maria Hill in the series.
Whedon, of course, is a busy, busy man: his live-action modern day take on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. Filmed in black-and-white in 12 days at the director's Santa Monica home, "Much Ado" features Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Ashley Johnson and Tom Lenk.