Joss Whedon Calls ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV Show ‘Hopeful’; Talks Marvel-Verse Crossovers

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Agents of SHIELD Cast Joss Whedon Calls S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Show Hopeful; Talks Marvel Verse Crossovers

The Avengers writer-director and architect for “Phase 2″ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joss Whedon finished shooting the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series pilot last week. Once editing is done, the executives at ABC will have a look and decide whether or not to give the show a full order (though, odds are in its favor).

In the meantime, we have more insight from Whedon about what everyone should expect from his Marvel show, including how it stands apart from what else is available on television (in the action department, anyway) and how it overlaps with the larger MCU – specifically, in terms of movie characters crossing-over.

ABC President Paul Lee has spoken in the past about S.H.I.E.L.D., generating hype for a show that will “bring the whole family around it” – by appealing to both men and women, going across the age bracket. Whedon reinforced that idea while speaking with TVLine at the 2013 Steamy Awards, by emphasizing the content and optimistic worldview of the show.

“I’m excited about the show because it’s a very hopeful show… It’s not about murder, and it’s not about crime, and it’s not people looking into their own belly buttons. It’s about people who are trying to help each other, and that’s one of the things I loved about comic books. They had costumes and the villains were cool [but] they stood for something, and I like doing a show that does that.”

The main cast features Chloe Bennet (Nashville), Iain De Caestecker (The Fades), Elizabeth Henstridge (Hollyoaks), Ming-Na Wen (Eureka) and Brett Dalton (Killing Lincoln) as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, who are expected to interact like a family on the series, similar to the characters from Whedon’s TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. How they go about protecting the world in a post-Avengers setting remains to be seen, but Whedon assures that:

“We’re trying very hard to be true to [Marvel's] ethos and also to the structure of their universe… So it is definitely a Marvel show.”

Cobie Smulders Agent Maria Hill SHIELD TV Show Joss Whedon Calls S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Show Hopeful; Talks Marvel Verse Crossovers

Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill

As for MCU crossovers, well, that’s a bit trickier. The cast of Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. show includes Clark Gregg returning as Agent Phil Coulson (the explanation for him still being alive is currently under-wraps), but there’s been nothing official to report about Samuel L. Jackson appearing as Nick Fury. Similarly, although Whedon is not ruling out the possibility of superheroes in the MCU showing up eventually, that’s not going to happen in the foreseeable future.

That said, Whedon says to expect “not a ton” of familiar faces from the Marvel-verse, though “there’s a little bit of talk of that” for any possible future the project has in primetime. “Right now, I want to involve people in the characters that we’ve created for the show,” Whedon said, “and then we’ll worry about [the other stuff].”

Lastly, while Cobie Smulders has confirmed “definite talks” about her reprising Agent Maria Hill and insisted her commitments to How I Met Your Mother aren’t much of an issue, Whedon is saying her overall schedule – which includes a handful of movie projects, including Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier – will be restrictive “but if we can get a hold of her anytime, we will.”

S.H.I.E.L.D. remains on-course to debut in the Fall 2013 television season.


Source: TVLine

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  1. Sorry for what might be a silly question, not a comicbook expert, but will the headquarters be the same as in the movie, does the organisation have multiple ships, or are they actually based somewhere on the ground.

    • I’m guessing it’ll take place in new headquarters built after the previous one were destroyed in the opening of The Avengers.

      • The facility that was destroyed in The Avengers, was only the base of Project Pegasus. SHIELD has bases all over the world.

        • I hope that they bring the “SHIELD Central” New York base into the live action universe sometime soon!

    • I’m pretty sure that ship got destroyed or at least majorly damaged

      • Helicarriers go down every other week in the comics.

  2. Joss Whedon never disappoints when it comes to television, every show he does is amazing. Even Dollhouse was good.

  3. Joss is amazing, I’m really looking forward to this show.

  4. Show sounds like it will be good looking forward to it

  5. I hope and pray that this show doesn’t get the same fate of firefly.

  6. Looking forward to the pilot episode.

  7. I hope this is like x files meets heroes (1st season) that way you get the agents investigating mutant activity every episode and we might get real characters from the comics. Even references like wolverines claw marks on a wall. Or reference to Spider-Man without violating the fact that there signed up to other studios.

    • As I understand it, Marvel still retain the TV rights to X-Men and possibly also Spider-Man, so there’s no worry about rights issues! Mind, they couldn’t use the Garfield Spider-Man for a variety of reasons.

      • Only for the cartoon/animation.

        • Fox has stated previously that they will not allow Marvel to do its own live action version of the X-Men on TV: they were concerned the Mutant X series, for example.

  8. Much success to this show if its anygood. Marvel however needs to start introducing new characters. This possibly just cant be a shield without marvels characters.

  9. I’ll be tuning in. I love all Whedon shows and even if he is slightly involved, I’m there. Of course, that means the Mutant Enemy logo will appear at the end. (BTW, has that been confirmed?) Also hopefully Whedonverse writers and actors appear on the show. Would love to see Summer Glau and Eliza Dushku to make an appearance. Oh and nice to see a Whedon show have no connections to Fix whatsoever. Gives it a chance not to get cancelled prematurely!

    • I love Summer Glau, but she’s the kiss of death for TV shows.

      Firefly, 4400, Terminator, Dollhouse, Alphas.

      The chopping block of cancellation does rather follow her about.

      • The Alphas cancellation really irked me. Just had to get that off my chest.

      • The 4400 went on for effectively 3 more seasons after Summer first appeared on it. I’m not sure you can blame her for killing, plus you know some shows just end.

        You could replace it with The Cape (although many would suggest it died of just being a crappy show, I liked it though).

  10. Fox, not Fix. Damn you, autocorrect on my iPhone!

  11. Please bring in Vision!

  12. My most anticipated show of the Fall… besides season 4 of The Walking Dead.

  13. How long can it last without the so called Heroes that MU is made of? People are asking for them however:

    “Right now, I want to involve people in the characters that we’ve created for the show,” Whedon said, “and then we’ll worry about [the other stuff].”

    While im giving it a chance what is going to set it apart from any other ‘family’ type show?

    • I suspect the primary antagonists are going to be Hydra and AIM. That way you don’t have to involve Marvel costumes yet still have it have that Marvel feel.

  14. Anybody else notice how the shield symbol looks really similar to the nightwing symbol? Screenrant should do an article on the many things marvel has copied from them and in reality made better smh

    • Well for one thing, the Nightwing symbol isn’t one of them. It’s a very basic and slick design for a costume that represents character I feel has infinitely more interesting aspects than a group of people playing a lazy version of Men In Black ordering a bunch of superheroes around. (I get the irony of MIB originally being a Marvel series)

      Thats just me though

    • While I agree that Marvel has made a career out of copying what DC does and then improving it… the Nightwing symbol isn’t a part of that. S.H.I.E.L.D. has been around since the 60s… Nightwing didn’t show up until the 80s.

  15. I’m glad Shield will focus on making their own characters rather then attempting to twist the world of the show in order to introduce characters from the marvel universe. It’ll be great to show them when they can but only when they can.

    Otherwise you end up either redesigning bad guys so the normal characters can fight them or having villains too powerful for the Shield Agents to fight. Although I think they should make a deal with the other Marvel IP owning companies so the show can have links to Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men and so on. I mean I can’t be the only person finding it annoying that this is a Marvel universe with giant aspects of the marvel universe missing.

    Also Mentallo. He has to show up at one point.

  16. Has anybody mentioned this being the “minor leagues” for lesser marvel characters? It would be cool if smaller characters could prove their worth and grow a fan base and following on the small screen, crossover on a main character’s movie series, and eventually spin off onto their own movie franchise. I think that would be awesome.

    • that’s what i’ve been saying. they could introduce black panther, luke cage, iron fist, etc… there are so many directions this show can take. i’m looking forward to it as well.

      • Yes, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, the Daughters of the Dragon, Shang Chi, Paladin: there are a lot of characters that could be used and perhaps even spun off into their own show.

  17. So if this show was made by fox then they could have had x men characters?

    • That’s a tricky question. ABC is owned by Disney so ABC can easily get the rights to use Marvel characters who are not being licenced to other studios / networks. It is also a lot easier for future Marvel movies to use characters that have been introduced on the SHIELD TV show. Having a SHIELD TV show on Fox could create problems if you later want to use a character introduced on the TV show in a movie made by Marvel studios.

      There’s another problem: Fox television may not automatically have the rights to make a live action X-Men TV show just because the movie studio has the rights to make movies. Consider, for example, the CW: it is partly owned by Warner Brothers but they still have to ask permission from Warner Brothers to use DC characters on TV shows, obviously. The makers of Smallville, for example, wanted to introduce Bruce Wayne in Season 4 but somebody at Warner Brothers said “No” because Nolan was working on Batman Begins by this point and they didn’t want two different live action Batman origin stories contradicting each other. That’s why the writers introduced Green Arrow on the series instead.

      Besides, mixing X-Men and Avengers characters should happen one day on the big screen and not just on TV where the lower budgets involved would inevitably make it a non-event. The salaries alone needed to pay the actors would make most studios balk. For example, in the original script to X2: X-Men United there is a cameo by the Fantastic Four. (When non-mutants are attacked by Xavier there was supposed to be a scene with the Fantasic Four reacting.) The studio didn’t see the point in paying for the actors for a cameo like that.

  18. This show will probably die like many of his others… Joss Whedon is either hit or miss mostly miss… The Avengers was ok. A few flaws and continuity just doesn’t flow that well throught the Marvel movie universe…

  19. Looking forward to this Joss Whedon version of Heroes!