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Joss Whedon discusses S.H.I.E.L.D. His AVENGERS tv spinoff

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


The biggest pilot this season has to be Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. The Avengers spin-off revolves around the titular agency, with fanboy favorite Joss Whedon co-writing and directing the pilot. The show takes place after the events of The Avengers and will see the return of Agent Coulson, but beyond brief descriptions of the new cast of characters, the overall premise for the show has been kept a closely guarded secret.

Whedon recently spoke about the potential show (ABC hasn’t officially picked it up, but it’s a safe assumption that they will), talking about the show’s connection to the Marvel universe and describing it as “very hopeful” in relation to network TV’s other programs. Whedon also discussed the possibility of an appearance by Cobie Smulders‘ Agent Maria Hill and spoke a bit about how Marvel’s cinematic characters fit into the TV show’s universe.

Speaking with TV Line, Whedon talked about how the show stands out in a network television landscape filled with grim and violent procedurals:

“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.”

Whedon went on to say that fans shouldn’t expect a ton of familiar faces from the Marvel universe to pop up, but he did admit that “there’s a little bit of talk of that” as the series goes on:

“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].”

Speaking of which, rumors recently surfaced that Cobie Smulders’ Agent Maria Hill character from The Avengers might be making an appearance on S.H.I.E.L.D. The actress herself said there are “definite talks” about the prospect, but her commitment to the CBS series How I Met Your Mother means she would only be available for brief appearances on S.H.I.E.L.D. Whedon confirmed as much when asked about Smulders’ involvement:

Whedon cautions that Smulders’ schedule “will permit very little” involvement, “but if we can get a hold of her anytime, we will.”

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