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‘Avengers’ in ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.': Whedon Won’t ‘Go Begging’ For Favors

Coulson lives, but will he cross paths with the one-eyed super-spy known as Nick Fury ever again? Joss Whedon certainly hope so.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron director spoke with press at the Television Critics Association presentation of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and stressed that he would “love to have” Samuel L. Jackson make an appearance on the new ABC television series. Indeed, Whedon added that he would happily place phone calls to Jackson and other members of the Avengers cast to appear on S.H.I.E.L.D., if such requests made sense for the story.

“I’m not going to go begging,” he said, “and I’m not going to use up favors I need for The Avengers 2. As I say, the DNA of the show is the show. Those guys would be a delightful bonus, but we’re not building our arcs around them.”

“The good thing about the universe is that they’re superstars in that universe. So if they showed up, if they overbalanced it slightly, that would actually make sense,” Whedon said of the star-power the Avengers characters would bring to any possible S.H.I.E.L.D. appearances. “That’s how people would react to them in the universe of the show, so I don’t think that’s a problem. I do think it’s a problem if you have them too regularly and people are just wondering, ‘When do I get to see a movie star again?’ Instead of concentrating on these guys.”

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Sept. 24 on ABC)

(source: IGN)


  • Nightfall

    All I care about is if we get someone like Annihilus or maybe Kang on the TV show…THEN you call in the Avengers!

  • Kyle Rayner

    I really doubt they would put either of those villains in the TV show. Those guys need to be in the Movies.

  • Figwit

    I dunno. I see your point about them being, in the comics universe rather big names when it comes to villains, but I don’t think they’re too big for the TV show if done right. If it was just a monster of the week appearance then sure but they could easily be a recurring or even a main villain for an entire season. IT’s probably too early for them but if the show survives a few seasons then I think it could handle introducing either one.

  • Jeff Forehand

    I imagine Fury could appear at the end of the season, to congratulate the team on taking care of a major case that went throughout the first season, then to tease a new major villain who would appear in season two.
    But Coulson needs to meet up with Cap again, that should be the first favor Whedon calls in.

  • Mathias

    Get Daredevil on this, and turn it into a spin-off. That’s all I care about.

  • abugadi13

    it would be great to see Hawkeye and The Black Widow in the show since they are after all fulltime Shield Agents which served as fillers for Antman and The Wasp who were not in the The Avengers movie but are in the comics and animated series (Avengers EMH) :D

  • Brad O’Leary

    would love it if he had Spider-Woman or Jessica Drew make appearances or better yet, regular cast members. Spider-Woman’s revamp was entrenched in S.H.E.I.L.D, so it’s a no brainer. I wonder what her status is media wise? Is she off limits because of Spider-Man or can Whedon use her because she’s more well known as an Avenger??

  • BarryTheMuslim

    Wheadon hates Capitalism, yet has no problem profiting from it.

  • Jesse Nitschke

    Figwit shut up with your trolling

  • Geo

    Life is about finding a happy medium in everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, otherwise things fall apart. Still vying for a Wendell Vaughn SHIELD agent that slips his wrists into a pair of yellow bracelets! I hope Joss doesn’t let me down as I will be watching…

  • Geo

    Kang is a good option because it doesn’t take super powers to defeat a numbnut in a time travel suit. The Next Generation and Voyager cast did that a few times, no super powers needed…

  • Squiter

    Have you never seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

  • Squiter

    They need to have a regular superhero character on the show. Who?

  • Bann Man

    Thanks for that update

  • Bann Man

    Spider-Women would be cool and do-able. She spends most her time hand to hand with some stinger power shots which are easy enough to do FX wise. Even keep her out of the suit most of the time.

    One cool idea is having a few new super hero reveals a season. Just one off episodes where they introduce people like Nova, Quasar, Powerman etc. People that have somewhere else to be but can come back for an Avengers movie or GOTG film or (insert team) movie. The occasional reference on the screen. “File that red vigilante spotted in Hell’s Kitchen for follow up.”

    If done right these could all be very cool.

  • Ridgecity

    That’s what made Glee lame. It was a great show about unknowns until they started focusing on celebrity guests.