While Disney and Marvel’s The Avengers has owned movie screens this year, ABC is looking to bring the peacekeepers of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the small screen. The network (owned by Disney) has greenlit a live-action pilot to showcase the Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate (or is it the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division?). And who better to co-write and possibly direct the pilot than the man behind The Avengers, Joss Whedon himself. Whedon will of course be spearheading The Avengers 2, as well as being involved with other features in the Marvel universe. Hit the jump for much more on the first live-action Marvel TV project to be greenlit. [Updated: We've added quotes from Whedon after the jump.]
Deadline is reporting that the S.H.I.E.L.D TV show is looking to jump right into production. Whedon will write the pilot along with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, a married couple who were both writers on Dollhouse, Spartacus and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Joss Whedon proved that he had the writing and directing skills to handle The Avengers feature film, but television was his early bread and butter and it’ll be nice to have him back (if only for the pilot).
No details about the pilot or series have been released as of yet. Will we see Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) make a network jump and reprise her role in the new Marvel series? Will the show be in canon with the movies? What time period will they take place in? (I ask this last question because I’m curious if we could ever see some Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) screen time.) And what about Nick Fury? Will the major heroes and villains make appearances or will the series focus on some of the smaller goodies and baddies who haven’t been introduced yet? As far as I’m concerned, the sky’s the limit, and with Whedon on board, there’s a good chance we’ll get to see an expansion of the Marvel universe on the small screen while we wait for future features. (Excelsior!) Let us know what you think in the comments below!
[Update: Last night, Whedon was moderating a Q&A for Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me. According to Variety, Whedon "said the storyline for the proposed series will be largely 'autonomous' from the Avengers sequel feature that is also in the works," adding that it's not a spinoff.
Variety reporter Cynthia Littleton tweets that Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen will be the showrunners, but Joss assured the audience that he'll show up every now and then
"and take credit for everything."]