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S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC
Published on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by

Deadline reports that Joss Whedon’s Marvel movie television show for ABC will be called S.H.I.E.L.D..

Joss Whedon is known for the short lived Firefly and Dollshouse that became cult classics. He also is known for Buffy and Angel which were long running shows and cult classics. He also directed the recent Avengers movie which sold millions of tickets and caught the interest of the world. If anyone should try to bring the Marvel movie experience to the small screen it should be Whedon. Luckily, he’s signed a deal to get a chance to do that and direct the cinematic Avengers 2.

 

I was rumored earlier this month that Joss Whedon had signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios to, among other things, help develop a new live action series for Marvel Television at ABC. Today, Deadline has revealed that ABC has greenlit the series titled “S.H.I.E.L.D.” and will focus on the top secret defense organization featured throughout the Marvel cinematic universe.

Whedon will write the pilot alongside his brother, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen (who previously worked with Whedon on “Dollhouse” and “Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”). All three will also join Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb as executive producers. The site notes that Whedon may also direct the pilot, but that nothing is confirmed at this time.

It remains to be seen which, if any, actors and/or characters from the Marvel Studios films are planned to appear on the show, though it’s very likely that “S.H.I.E.L.D” will have direct ties to future Marvel Studios cinematic entries, including the Whedon scripted and directed  Avengers 2 set for release on May 1, 2015.

Deadline is also still discussing a possible Hulk live action series.

So the news is limited but it is great. No news has been confirmed anywhere on the world wide web about what characters will make up the television S.H.I.E.L.D. Can it be completed without a Nick Fury character? Most of the S.H.I.E.L.D. comics that I’ve read have had Momma Fury’s son either working for the agency, heading the agency, or trying to bring down the agency. If they use Fury will they replace big screen Sam L. Jackson as easily as they’ve replace the Bruce Banner actors? The Avengers franchise is known for using consistent actors with some exceptions like Bruce Banner and War Machine’s actors. Does that mean that Sam L. Jackson—who was a Pee Wee’s Playhouse character—will be coming back to the small screen?

Will small screen veteran Colbie Smulders find her way to S.H.I.E.L.D. on television?

Whatever happened to the live action Punisher series that has no relation to this ABC announcement?

 

 

2 Responses
    • Doesn’t surprise me. When it was first announced that Whedon would be doing an Avengers-connected series on TV I immediately thought it would be SHIELD. Which works because the spy show can work on television. I’d imagine would get a whole new cast, probably with familiar names like Jimmy Woo, Dum Dum Dugan, Jasper Sitwell, Clay Quartermain, Sharon Carter, etc.. Cobie Smaulders might show up as Maria Hill but doubt we’d see Nick Fury appear on TV.

      • S.H.I.E.L.D. would work well on television. Damage Control would as well.

        Cobie Smaulders should show up. Then she can report to Fury off-screen like when Alfred called Bruce at the end of Birds of Prey.

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