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Joss Whedon Talks S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series: ‘It’s New Characters’

We might not be seeing The Avengers 2 until 2015, but we’ll see Joss Whedon’s work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before that time. The director is going to have his hands busy developing ABC’s recently greenlit S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, and that’s got Whedonites pretty excited.

In an interview with MTV News, Whedon said he’s “very far” in the process of making the show, with a “full framework, a full cast” and a full pitch that ABC has already picked up. He also said the series will introduce characters we haven’t met before.

“It’s new characters. It needs to be its own thing,” Whedon said. “It needs to be adjacent [to the MCU] 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 go off on their own thing and say, ‘Well, what has S.H.I.E.L.D. got that the other heroes don’t have?'”

He continued, “Part of that, to me, is that they’re not superheroes, but they live in that universe. That makes them a little bit — even though they’re a big organization — underdogs, and that’s interesting to me.”

That is similar to what Whedon has said in the past about the project, although it’s exciting to know he already has his group of characters picked out. Whedon works best when he has an ensemble (look at The Avengers and Firefly), so S.H.I.E.L.D. really does seem like the perfect launching point from which he can make a new TV series. Here’s hoping he rounds up some of his regulars for the show (he already used most of them recently in Much Ado About Nothing).

Whedon will co-write S.H.I.E.L.D. with his brother, Jed Whedon (Spartacus: Vengeance), and Maurissa Tancharoen (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena), both of whom also worked on Whedon’s Dollhouse series at Fox. S.H.I.E.L.D. marks Joss Whedon’s return to television, where he created the critically acclaimed Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse.

Production on S.H.I.E.L.D. will begin immediately, but there are no further details regarding casting for Marvel TV’s first live-action project.


  • Greg N

    Please give us Jimmy Woo!

  • Fahad Arman

    I’m hoping Whedon & Co. use the characters they introduced in ‘Item 47′, I mean it would be pretty much a waste if they didn’t. And any excuse to see more Lizzy Caplan is a good thing. 

  • legionquest

    Yeah, I could imagine actors like Fran Kranz and Sean Maher as SHIELD agents easily, and who better for Agent Jessica Drew than Whedon favourite, Eliza Dushku?

  • Richard Casey

    Jimmy Woo. Abigail Brand. Jessica Drew. But honestly, what’d be really great more than anything, is to have Coulson come back. That said, he’s not a new character, unless they’re gonna use Vision somehow.

  • darthtigris

    I’m just happy we get another tv series from Joss.  The fact that it’s a MCU related series and is about S.H.I.E.L.D. is just pure bonus.

  • Rollo Tomassi

    On the other hand, having someone make a comment like “Oh! Thor’s in the bathroom right now!” or “You JUST missed Captain Rogers!” in every single episode would crack me up. It’d be like a running gag.

  • Donald

     Jewel Staite as Abigail Brand! 

  • sandwich eater

    I want to see Jasper Sitwell and Clay Quartermain.  (I think they might have been extras in the movies though.)

  • Silversurfer

    Uhh, probably not a good idea mentioning Dollhouse which was pretty horrible. I still don’t think it is going to work if you set them in a world of superheroes without actually having superheroes. However, I will remain hopeful and optimistic that it works out.

  • Al D.

    Coulson’s LMD as the “Charlie” who sends the teams on missions!  Nick Fury doesn’t even show his face, leaves it up to his underlings 

  • Hypestyle the Hype Man

    They had better bring in Whedon-verse actors not tied down to something else.. bring in Sarah Gellar, Charisma Carpenter, Summer Glau, Eliza Dushku, etc.

  • Monkeyhelpertrainer

    ^I have always been saying that Sarah Michelle Gellar would make the perfect Jessica Jones. Jones, Carol Danvers, Bobbi Morse, Sharon Carter, Jimmy Woo, Abigail Brand and Henry Peter Gyrich are musts for this show.

  • Displace

    NO! I hate Dillon’s flat, gap-toothed, vacant-staring characters!

  • Orphan

    Quite frankly as much as I would like to see these actors back I think the “all new characters clause” that Whedon seems to be operating from should include brand new actors.The Whedon crew deserve to move on to other things Whedon produced or otherwise.Besides the signing on contracts and bonuses would be double that of  a new cast.

  • Orphan

    Well if he hadn’t been wasting his time with the ridiculous Wonder Woman project at around the same time maybe he could have concentrated on making Dollhouse work.How hard could that have been since Dollhouse was stolen from about a dozen Science fiction writers as it was.

  • Orphan

    Only if it leads to an Agents of Atlas project.It offends me to think that Woo would only be there to play second fiddle to Shield or the Avengers.

  • I_Captain Blanco

    Jessica-“Jones-as-in-ALIAS” Jessica Jones??  Nah, don’t see SMG in that role at *all*.  Not world-weary enough, for one thing.  Besides, I doubt Bendis would let Whedon play with one of his toys to that degree.

    I don’t think Marvel Studios have the rights to Henry Peter Gyrich either–I’m pretty sure he’s stuck at Fox with the X-Men franchise.

  • Guest

    Please, please, please none of his regulars.  I don’t need to see Avkerman, Gellar, Dushku, or Fillion (GOD NO FILLION). I want something NEW.

  • Joshua Sinason

    Jake Fury?

  • Man With No Name

    It’s also possible that Maria Hill could be the lead of the show. “How I Met Your Mother” is currently planned to end this coming season (though CBS is trying to convince them to do one more next year).  If it does end, Colbie’s schedule would be wide open and I could see them bring her onto the show to help bridge the gap between tv and movies.

  • thesnappysneezer

    I have now lost all interest in this show. Hope it gets cancelled fast.

  • chrisdvanne

    I can’t imagine for one second that Whedon went with Summer at the recent Celebration of Dance gala only to speak about the good old time. Their little getaway was mostly social gathering but it could also be an opportunity to discuss future (or ongoing ) projects. @summerglauwiki:twitter 

  • Ian

    Eliza Dushku would be far better placed into the role of HYDRA’s Viper, IMO.

  • Ian

    I too would actually like a running gag like that ;)