Marvel’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Pilot Moves Forward at ABC With Joss Whedon
Last month we reported that Marvel would be making new show for ABC, set inside the Marvel film universe. Not long after, we discovered Joss Whedon had signed a three year deal with Marvel, where he would not only be writing and directing ‘The Avengers 2′, but he would be fully involved in the development of Marvel’s Phase 2, as well as helping develop the new Marvel show. At the time, we had no idea what the Marvel TV show would consist of, but I had a sneaking suspicion at the time we may be doing a TV show set within Marvel’s secret agent division, ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’. It seemed like the best idea at the time as a series, something that could be produced on a solid budget without being too expensive, and something that would allow us to explore a side of the Marvel universe we don’t normally see. Well, Deadline is now reporting that ABC has greenlit ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ to pilot, with Joss Whedon on board to produce, co-write, and possibly direct. Hit the jump for more.
The most brilliant thing about this pilot, is not only do we get our first chance at seeing a new side of the Marvel Universe we don’t normally see, but this has a chance to be something very unique and special. The idea is that the series will be set inside that Marvel film universe, which means that now we’ll be seeing an even more expanded universe, and it’ll give us a chance to get know some of these characters we only see in the background of these films. If you remember from the films, Samuel L. Jackson plays Nick Fury, the director of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, or more simply, S.H.I.E.L.D. They’re the espionage side of the Marvel universe, which means we’ll be seeing a really cool spy show set within the universe, that also means we may be seeing the background of some of the things we see in the movies. I think it’s safe to say that we’ll see Samuel L. Jackson pop up in some capacity in the show, or at least in the pilot. The interesting thing, at least to me is, is what does this mean for Cobie Smulder’s Maria Hill, who we met in this summers ‘The Avengers’? With her commitment to CBS’ hit show ‘How I Met Your Mother’, would she be able to involved in this? There are rumors that ‘How I Met Your Mother’ could be ending next season, so if that’s the case, there is a chance they could sign her on to star in this show, if they’re aiming to hit by next September for a pilot air date.
With Joss Whedon at the helm as show runner and co-writer, this show definitely has the chance to be very, very cool, and very special. This is his first time back to television since Fox’s ‘Dollhouse’ was cancelled a few years ago. Whedon started off on TV, creating the very popular ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, ‘Firefly’, and ‘Angel’. His shows are almost completely brilliant across the board, and to see him jumping into a new TV series, and to have it set in the Marvel universe, is incredibly exciting to me. As long as he has time permitting, he is set to direct the pilot episode as well. Disney has hit a home run getting Whedon to be so fully involved in their ever-expanding Marvel universe, and I for one can’t wait to see how this plays out. This has just become one of my most anticipated shows of the next few years. The shows production will be beginning immediately, so I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be seeing this show next season.
What do you guys think? Are you excited to see Marvel coming to TV with a new show set in the background of the Marvel universe? Do you think we’ll be seeing cameos from certain superheros as well, or are there ones that you are hoping to see it? And will you be tuning in? Because I know I will be. Let me know in the comments below, only here on Chip and Company. We’ll bring you more news about the show as we learn it.
- Marvel and ABC discussing TV series set in Avengers universe (chipandco.com)
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- Marvel Officially Sets ‘Avengers 2′ For May 1, 2015; Film Is Currently Untitled (chipandco.com)
- Joss Whedon Signs With Marvel Through 2015; Will Do ‘Avengers 2′, a TV Show, and More (chipandco.com)