Last week, production officially wrapped on Joss Whedon’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’, Marvel’s first TV show to be set in their cinematic universe. Very few details about the ABC pilot were released other than character breakdowns and the information that despite starring Agent Phil Coulson, the show takes place after the blockbuster film from last summer, ‘The Avengers’. At the Streamy Awards over the weekend where the ‘Firefly’ creator was nominated for an award for best guest appearance in ‘Husbands’, Whedon opened up a bit about the show to give us a little insight as we all patiently wait for the pilot to air and for the network to give the show a series order.
In an interview with TV Line, Whedon first talked about how this show will stand out from what’s already on television currently:
“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.”
He goes on to talk about the source material and how faithful the show keeps to the comic book version of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, while not including too many characters that have already been previously established on the page or on screen:
“We’re trying very hard to be true to [Marvel’s] ethos and also to the structure of their universe. So it is definitely a Marvel show. Right now, I want to involve people in the characters that we’ve created for the show and then we’ll worry about [the other stuff].”
Finally, speaking of familiar faces popping up, Whedon spoke about Cobie Smulders’ character, Maria Hill, appearing on ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’. Currently, she’s committed to CBS’ ‘How I Met Your Mother’, but the director said that though her schedule “will permit very little involvement, but if we can get a hold of her anytime, we will.” That is assuming of course that the show gets picked up and they make more episodes. (But let’s be honest here: How can ABC say no to Marvel and Joss Whedon?)
Are you on board with everything Joss Whedon has to say about ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’? How excited are you to finally see this thing? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Marvel’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Brett Dalton, and Chloe Bennet should be ready for the upcoming fall pilot season.