Joss Whedon Talks S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot and Maria Hill’s Return; Says It’s a “Very Hopeful” Show

     February 18, 2013


Though we’re still halfway through the current 2012/2013 TV season, many fans are already looking ahead to this coming fall when they hope Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series will be gracing the small screen.  ABC ordered a pilot for the spinoff show that revolves around the ongoings at the titular agency, and the impeccably talented Joss Whedon came onboard to co-write and direct said pilot.  We know that the show takes place after the events of The Avengers and will see the return of Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson (hopefully not as Ghost Coulson), but beyond brief descriptions of the new cast of characters, the overall premise for the show has been kept tightly under wraps.

Whedon recently spoke a bit about the potential show (ABC would be crazy not to pick the pilot up to series, but they haven’t made a decision just yet), 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 elaborated on a possible appearance by Cobie Smulders‘ Agent Maria Hill and spoke a bit about how Marvel’s cinematic characters fit into the TV show’s universe.  Hit the jump to read on.

the-avengers-joss-whedon-samuel-l-jackson-imageSpeaking 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].”

avengers-movie-image-cobie-smulders-maria-hillSpeaking 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.”

As pilot season winds down, we should hear a decision one way or another regarding S.H.I.E.L.D.’s series pickup by ABC soon, but again it’s highly unlikely that the network will pass on the show.  This is an excellent opportunity to capitalize on The Avengers’ massive success, and Whedon’s involvement ensures that the quality of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be up to snuff.


  • Get Em

    I don’t like the fact that Clark Gregg is involved bc of his fate in the avengers. Unless they do some crazy ass rewrite to bring him back but that is highly unlikely. Maybe as a flashback/secret project he had left the door open on before his demise would be ok I guess . However I did love his character lol

    • david fraser

      great character but it’s almost like when you were younger writing a story in English class and ending it with ” and then I woke up and it was all a dream”. FAIL!!!

  • Alex

    There’s always the Life Model Decoy explanation. Not to mention the old rumors of Agent Caulson becoming The Vision could also work.

  • LEM

    Will Lizzy Caplan be in the show? She joined them in that marvel one shot “Item 47″.

  • Old Soldier

    Nick Fury did “lie” about where he found the Capt. America cards. Maybe he did the same about Coulson’s death to inspire them further. Hmmmmm…….

  • sense 11

    I soooooooooooo want this show to get picked up and be good.

  • Ash Talon

    The Coulson in this show could be the LMD. It could be an interesting dynamic to the character to know he’s not the real Coulson, but he still has the same personality and memories.

    I’m not sure of how I feel about this show. Obviously, I’ll have to see it to pass judgement on it. Since the characters are new, I have no connection to them. Will they be facing villains from the comics or stuff made up just for the show? I feel like Marvel/Disney should have put their resources into turning one of the superheroes into a TV show instead. Daredevil or Punisher for instance.

  • Martin Payne

    It’s a damn shame they never said how he came back yet! This could be a copy or something odds are the show could make a good series but they need to come up with good reason why he is back.

  • spongefist

    It was so obvious in the movie that Coulson did not die. Those that claim he did were just in denial.
    He will be back fresh as ever, in his original human form, as he should be

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  • Adam Johnson

    You could be onto something. Great point. Hope you’re right.