Marvel’s ‘SHIELD’ TV Show To Feature New Characters

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Marvel TV Show ABC Marvels SHIELD TV Show To Feature New Characters

As part of Joss Whedon’s three-year exclusivity deal with Marvel Studios where he will write and direct The Avengers 2 and oversee the films leading up to it, he will also help develop a live-action television series for ABC. In listing Marvel TV show ideas, we speculated that it would focus on the secretive S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) organization and that proved to be exactly the case.

Following the announcement, speculation immediately was directed at the possibility of guest stars from the films making appearances and the series tying in with the upcoming films to cross-promote the larger Marvel cinematic universe. According to Whedon – who is writing and may direct the SHIELD pilot episode – that’s not exactly the plan.

Speaking with MTV while at TIFF premiering Much Ado About Nothing, Whedon emphasized that the SHIELD would need to stand on its own and not get bogged down with specific happenings and timeline continuity issues arising from events taking place in the movies.

“It’s new characters. It needs to be its own thing,” said Whedon. “It needs to be adjacent [to the MCU] but you don’t want to do a show where you’re constantly going, ‘Iron Man just left, but he was totally here a minute ago.’ You want them to do their own thing.”

What will be the selling point?

“Well, what does S.H.I.E.L.D. have that the other superheroes don’t? And that, to me, is that they’re not superheroes. But they live in that universe. Even though they’re a big organization, that [lack of powers] makes them underdogs, and that’s interesting to me.”

By that they mean it’s an absolutely certainty that the characters of the show, these SHIELD agents, will be interacting with and helping/hunting down extraordinary characters. So, expect plenty of geeky references to Marvel Comics, at least in terms of the properties Marvel Studios owns the film/TV rights to.

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Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Agent Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernandez)

While Whedon makes it seem that he aims to distance the show from the film universe, do not rule out the potential for guest appearances and references to the films. There’s a lot to benefit from cross-promoting the “Phase Two” releases over the next three years and supporting characters (notably Cobie Smulders) and the characters featured in the Marvel One-Shots (including Item 47 which releases with The Avengers on the 25th) would lend themselves very well to such a series and were seemingly cast for exactly that reason.

Joss Whedon is writing the show with brother Jed Whedon and Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen, both of whom Joss worked with on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Dollhouse.

S.H.I.E.L.D. will air on ABC but there’s no time frame yet.

On the film side, Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014 and The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015.


Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes.

Sources: MTV

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  1. Probably wont last 2 seasons. I know it will be good but I dont think it will be anything mind blowingly awesome. We also must remember they have a budget they must follow by. Plus a Marvel superhero show nowadays on ABC? I dont know…

  2. Man, you guys have been pretty slow on the uptake recently. This was on other sites like IGN about a week or so ago.

    • That’s strange. MTV only did the interview Wednesday and we interviewed Louis D’Esposito about it this morning before posting.

      • Boom! Keyes just droppecd some knowledge!!!

  3. Plus a Marvel superhero show nowadays on ABC?

    Why not?
    Disney Owns ABC and Marvel. Nice way to keep costs down so those savings can be applied elsewhere.

  4. they should off gone with a What If series instead, they could off done much more with it than with the Shield series, even the shield comics crosses over with the Marvel characters with out them, there’s no need for Shield.

    • Y’know something? If this thing goes past two seasons, I wouldn’t rule such a thing out…”an alternate universe” kind of like a Star Trek ‘Mirror,Mirror’ or that Doctor Who ep ‘Turn Left’.

      And yes, one day I would like to see The Watcher onscreen, big or small (wouldn’t Uatu be neat for a reboot of a character? “The previous franchise was part of an alternate reality…”

    • I would love to see a What If? show :)

    • I agree. Personally I would have much rather seen Joss handle the long asked for fan favorite “Damage Control”.
      It would be fun to see a series about the group that has to come in and “clean up” after all those super hero battles!
      Think of the cameos from across the Marvel U that could have been done there. It would also be a great way to introduce lesser known heroes that Marvel still has the rights to.

  5. I’ve never been so excited about a TV show yet so worried at the same time.
    Like Anthony said on the podcast a few episodes ago there are so many things that have to happen for this work that it raises more questions than answers. One of the biggest is scheduling. On what night and time does ABC schedule a high concept, extremely expensive Sci-Fi show? And as popular as the movies are will their be enough people watching? Because 8-10 million isn’t enough. It will have to be one of the highest rated shows on TV to be a success and last.
    I really hope it works out though, I really really do. I’ll be watching no matter what so I hope I’m wrong.

    • Same night as ‘Once Upon A Time’?
      Or, as I’ve always lobbied, ‘Castle’….just because of Nathan Fillion starring in it. :)

    • It doesn’t HAVE to be a super-expensive Sci-fi show, especially since I assume that there will be minimum superhero effects needed. This will be more like a spy show than a superhero show. Yeah, they have the helicarrier and stuff, but you can minimize the amount of times their shown and save on the costs. Look at Star Trek: TOS. They reused so many of the same shots for different shows to save money. Not sure why Disney wouldn’t be able to do that.

  6. Hopefully the series will be good and i hope it lasts as long as it deserves, a lot of times i feel like some tv shows that are based off of super heroes or comics of any kind have tv shows and they don’t last all that long, i can’t remember the last time i watched a live action super hero tv series other than smallville (which by the way is one of my favorite shows) so i look foward to this one. I also really liked the idea of Marvel making a Daredevil tv series i’d love that to death hope it happens, maybe not but hopefully it does.

  7. Maybe they will introduce Ms. Marvel, Black Panther, and Heros for Hire?

  8. Smallville was on the air for 10 years…this may not have that kind of potential but i feel like TV is getting superhero saturated…Arrow and Amazon (Wonder Woman) on the CW, now SHIELD on ABC. whats next? a superhero show on FX starting Charlie Sheen? haha

    I’m a huge fan of the MCU and i just hope they do this thing justice (no Justice league that is, haha). I feel like cameos from some of the movie characters (Hawkeye, BW, M Hill, N Fury etc) are needed to keep the general audience interested. They need the “Hey! didn’t i just see that famous moviestar in The Avenger?” moments. Plus who doesn’t want to see the Hulk smash!?

    If their smart these will be along the lines of the Marvel shorts they’ve released. I trust in Joss and i want this show to do well, really well…i just don’t see it having longevity without bringing in some big name peeps

    • Hey Charlie was almost Spiderman once upon a time :D

      • 0 percent chance actors like Jeremy Renner Will go on a television show even for a cameo

        • How do you know what is in their contracts?

          • Exactly, my thoughts. Plus even a few episodes on a decent tv show might be enough to help reinforce an actor’s image of how a character “should” be. If Renner got to be squad leader in an assault on a HYDRA base, maybe he would feel like he was portraying “his” Hawkeye better.

            • You make a very good point sir…

    • Amazon never aired and it’s on hold. Right now, it’s Arrow and S.H.I.E.L.D., which is a group of secret agents. It’s hardly superhero saturated.

  9. It would be cool if cobie smulders isnt to busy, have her be a regular on the series. and maybe have sam jackson guest star in a couple eps. they dont have to be there to constantly reference the films. just be there to lead and do their job as part of shield. i think that would be cool.

  10. they should do a “What If?” animated series this way we can have more super heros and they can test out charecters to see if people would like to see more of them.

  11. I’m interested in how this show comes about. I didn’t expect any cameos from the major players from the movies, so if any big name actors/actresses show up, that’ll be a bonus. S.H.I.E.L.D. has so many possibilities and doesn’t necessarily need the super human element…although I wouldn’t complain if we saw some on the small screen. It could be a fun military/spy show with interesting Stark, Hydra, and alien technology.

  12. But surely Cobie Smulders will be in it?
    I mean, come on. She’s a TV actress and second in command of SHIELD… how could she not star in the show?

    I really hope they won’t drop the ball with cast and characters :(

    • And she needs a chance to be replaced by a skrull princess too, right??

    • I think she will be. There’s a reason Whedon brought her in and there’s likely only going to be one more season of How I Met Your Mother.

  13. I see this happening as a cross between NCIS:LA and Alphas with a Burn Notice feel. A small team stationed somewhere outside the helicarrier and New York(way too many main players around there not to mention them), probably on the west coast where we can run into a number of secondary heroes(runaways) to throw in but be able to take on real world threats as well. I’d have Agent Quartermain led the team.

    That’s just me. Some say I watch too much TV.

  14. I don’t like this stand-alone thing very much. I think knowing that all these heros are out there but never have them appear on the TV show would be a big mistake. I appreciate that there are some contractual problems behind the scenes (the The Avengers actors are absolute A-List cast now and thus are very expensive) but they should find a way to make it work and at least have the occasional cameo of one of the big shots. Let’s face it: SHIELD in itself isn’t much of an audience magnet. People watch Marvel movies for the super heroes. Knowing that there won’t be any on the show in advance would be the death blow for that show right here and now.

  15. Is this going tbe like Mission Impossible but with more sicence fiction.

    • This

  16. 1) I can’t see this getting past two seasons heck even that would be somewhat of a miracle. Sorry but American TV companies are the worst, they have no faith in anything and there’s no way something like as big as Star Trek or The X Files could have survived in the business today as long as it did.

    2) The idea of new characters sounds good, I’d hate for the entirety of this show to be a big meet and greet of past Marvel characters so new characters is good.

    3) Maybe you could have the superhero characters appear every now and then, I’d like to see events from Maria Hill’s point of view maybe how annoying people like Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are when they just run off knowing full well Hill is cleaning up the mess, I’d imagine that would work your nerves eventually.

  17. A What If…? show would alienate viewers with labyrthine continuity questions. The characters we will get won’t be well established to tv or necessarily even comic audiences from the get go. You can’t just ask, now what if Tony Stark didn’t have the drinking problem that hasn’t been established in the films, but Agent Newb’s puppy never ran away to Latveria? Unless they’re dancing with stars total strangers aren’t that entertaining. And even then. Anyway I’m sure Joss knows what he’s doing. That “Iron Man was just here” line shows he’s looking at … what ifs.

  18. This show will be worth a watch,Ii am sure. You know, I was wondering recently what the agents of SHIELD would think of the Sentinels program (now there’s a crossover between Shield/Avengers/X-Men for you!).?

  19. Uhmmmm sorry if it’s off topic, but since this is an Avengers thread, I’d like to post this if it’s okay:

    Please spread the news, especially to those who’ve preordered the set and felt disappointed with the delay… (and no, I’m not one of them)

    • Wow that’s awesome of Amazon and SR should probably re-report this in it’s own separate article so everyone eligible is aware (and no, I’m not one of them either :P )

  20. Right now, this is a pilot .
    There has been no series greenlit yet .

  21. I think this could turn out very well. I think that they could learn from the ‘Front Line’ issues, telling good stories, of non-supers, that are affected by bigger events in the MCU.

  22. I think this is just a bit of over-marketing to me. The company owns a TV network, so why not use it to market their current most successful property? Like was mentioned on the podcast, there are so many more things that can go wrong with this series than go right enough to not just be its own success, but to add to the Marvel universe. There’s so many ways you go with the concept of the series. I hope it’s not an episodic procedural where it’s like a bad guy or monster of the week deal. I hope it’s more in line with most of the better series out there where it’s an extended mini-series of 12-15 episodes a season. Unfortunately, that’s why series on the broadcast networks tend to suck because they require at least 20-25 episodes a season. So you either water it down a lot, or you make it episodic. It has to be big enough to justify itself. It has to have stakes otherwise the viewer will not feel the need to invest in the outcome of the show.

  23. I think they might have a different kind of Bruce Banner in shield TV series working on a experiments. Maybe shield might have a laboratory for a different better younger Bruce Banner.

  24. So yea….. this show is going to blow
    Who really cares about S.H.I.E.L.D.? Too me sounds like this dip$h1t dont know the fans of the comics dont care about S.H.I.E.L.D. one tiny bit, let alone enough to make a show out of it.
    im guessing 5 episodes tops before getting the boot.