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Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. ‘Very Joss,’ Seems Likely For Series Order

Although production is only now beginning on Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee appears confident the Marvel project will receive a series order.

“We fast-tracked that and we’ll see it a lot earlier than the others,” The Hollywood Reporter quoted Lee as saying Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s winter tour. “We’re very hopeful that’s going to go to series. … It’s a great script.”

How great? “It’s just very Joss,” reports Lee told journalists. “You know how Joss is so high-low? And he’s able to be intense and epic and suddenly funny and silly? He’s just got that ability to be super-entertaining and sort of super-educated.”

Targeted for ABC’s fall 2013 lineup, S.H.I.E.L.D. centers on the global espionage and law-enforcement agency that’s helped to provide the connective tissue between the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whedon will direct the pilot, which he co-wrote with his brother Jed Whedon and Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen. The project, which begins filming this month, stars Clark Gregg as fan-favorite Agent Coulson, Ming-Na as Agent Melina May, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward and Chloe Bennett as Skye.

According to EW, Whedon is working on scripts beyond the pilot, which a network source says were requested on the assumption that S.H.I.E.L.D. will be greenlit, and that the filmmaker will be unavailable later in the year.

Lee wasn’t quite as forthcoming about the status of The Incredible Hulk, the live-action revival from Guillermo del Toro and David Eick announced in late 2010. While Variety notes the executive wouldn’t confirm or deny that the project was still in development, del Toro revealed in a recent interview with MTV that, “I haven’t heard anything in months about the show, but obviously Avengers is a game-changer for Marvel. It’s their property, and if I don’t make it, at least I’ll watch it.”

However, ABC’s Lee did say the network plans to further exploit the Marvel catalog. “We’re developing a lot of Marvel shows and we think Marvel is huge for us, there’s an opportunity in it for us,” he told reporters. “You’re seeing us as a network — we did it with Once and we’re doing it with S.H.I.E.L.D. — doing shows that can really help widen the Walt Disney Co. The ABC brand is not the Disney brand, it’s not the Pixar brand and it’s not the Marvel brand. But it’s really fun in this job to be part of a company that owns so many strong brands and be able to help build and reinvigorate some of those brands.”


  • matt

    Can’t wait for the obligatory bad guy turns into a good guy thing and when he kills the fan favorite character (the conscience) and OH yeah when drew goddard inevitably guest writes an episode and its about maria hill hanging out with hyena people and accidentally turning into a were hyena

  • Starleafgirl

    Hmm, so because both Marvel and ABC are owned by Disney, they can have mutants on this show or, well, any Marvel characters on TV…? That’s an exciting prospect; too bad the rights are split up for film. Or maybe the film rights are the same as TV rights, meaning if you wanted a live-action X-Men show, it’d have to be on FOX…?

  • darthtigris

    Is there anybody that thought this wasn’t a shoe-in to go to series???

  • dusk

    There was a series called Mutant X that ran for 3 seasons back in the early 2000s. Fox sued Marvel back then, but I believe they settled out of court, even though the court allowed Marvel to continue the series as long as none of the X-Men appear in the show. So, perhaps the same would apply here? As in, mutants are okay, but no established characters from the X-Men property.

  • SaucySnoop

    Whedon tries to make new with the old… again. Considering his latest bombs and the failed cast, this will go down as it’s supposed to pretty fast. At least he’s too busy to ruin Xmen anymore.

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  • Green-O

    lol what are you even talking about? I think you’re getting your creators mixed up there, amigo.

  • Jonathan Komar

    I think the ruling on Mutants in non X-Men films is that they have to have never appeared, in named format, in an X-Men film. That being the case, there’s a ton of Mutants not yet named. They may have been eluded to, but they weren’t named in some of the movies.

  • Jonathan Komar

    I’m hoping this will be the way we get to see what’s going on with Hydra and maybe even the Zodiac. I’d also love to see some of the villains that might not work as well for big movies, like Taskmaster or Crossbones.

  • R-Squared

    Was picked up by ABC.