Will Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. feature unused heroes?

News Louisa Mellor 3 May 2013 - 07:15

Kevin Feige agrees that S.H.I.E.L.D. could become an "outlet" for some of Marvel's unused heroes...

Something creator Joss Whedon has been very clear about when it comes to Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (still not officially confirmed as going to series though everyone and their dog talks as if it has been) is that it's to be the story of the little guy, not the superpowered hero.

The story of the little guy has been told well in the Whedonverse, reaching its apogee perhaps in Buffy's sixth season, when a life-long friendship and a yellow crayon anecdote proved mightier than slayer power when it came to taking down the bad guy.

When Marvel boss Kevin Feige was asked if the new show could function as something of a testing ground for heroes as-yet unused in Marvel's big-screen adventures then, he equivocated a little, but replied in the postitive:

"If that works the way everyone expects it to work I think that would open up another avenue, another outlet for some of those characters. Maybe they guest star, I don’t know. I think they’re avoiding the cameo of the week on that show, which is very smart.”

That's a definite maybe from Feige. A vaguer we'll-believe-it-when-we-see-it response came from Robert Downey Jr this week, when asked if he would consider appearing on the ABC show: "You know what? There’s no telling. I am open to everything.” Er, just how big is Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. budget exactly?


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The budget for S.H.I.E.L.D. will be as big as Joss wants after what he has done in the box office. I could allow for a 2-3 hero per season spot that would allow Marvel to gauge interest in different heroes/villains. Good way to test them out to see of a big screen appearance or even full movie would be a move to consider. This show could end up be something REALLY cool! Also with only 2-3 guest spots on a 12-20 episode season would also help avoid "hero of the week" cameos!

Now the pilot is done, what's the process in it being made into a series? Is there still a chance it won't make it past the pilot? and if it does I take it we won't see the first series until autumn 2014?

If RDJ rewnews his contract, even if it's just for Avengers 2, you can bet Marvel will slip a guest spot or two of the TV show in there.

What was the Buffy yellow crayon thing?

Willow goes crazy with grief and tries to destroy the world with witchcraft and Xander stops her by reminding her of their friendship, via a yellow crayon story. :)

It could raise a few parallels with Arrow, which has been running through unused DC villains like nobodies business. It could work to let a few of the more minor characters, ones who no one is clamouring to see but who still have a more rich and detailed backstory than the vast majority of other characters on TV, have a moment to shine.

Well, the US network upfronts are coming up this month and there they will reveal there shows for next TV season. If ABC gives SHIELD the green light on that moment a full series could be starting in september/october.

Straighforward heroes/villains that don't require much CGI are bound to get a look in. I fully expect guys like Punisher or Daredevil to put in an appearance now as I think they've proven they don't work on the big screen but definitely have a chance on the small screen.

They could easily adapt the Punisher as a SHIELD agent who crosses the line for personal vengeance. Whilst Matt Murdock could be the equivalent of a guantanomo bay lawyer who is suspicious of what happens to people caught by SHIELD.

There's a lot of room for the street level guys too to interfere and get in the way of SHIELD until they become buddies and work together.

I honestly think that Skye might be a proxy for a young Jessica Drew. I think while the story is about the average person, it wouldn't hurt to have one super on the team. That being said, I could see them touching on Ronin, Constrictor, Grey Gargoyle, Eden Fesi, Daisy Johnson, or Songbird. But I think the villains will be a combination of Roxxon, AIM, and HYDRA, with possible cameo directly before a movie with the likes of Batroc or Crossbones. Maybe Crossbones does something in Season 1 like kills a Senator, SHIELD hunts him down, arrests him, but then he escapes just in time for CAP 2. So you might not need hero cameos. Villain cameos would work just as well...

How much would RDjr charge to appear on SHIELD? Well, John Wayne appeared on "The Beverly Hillbillies" and only asked for a bottle of scotch. Robert has lost everything before, and now understands that he makes a lot of money because people like him. And if he shows up on SHIELD, fans will like him even more.

I love your takes on Punisher and Daredevil. They could hire Matt BECAUSE he's blind. Matt couldn't ID the people he's defending, nor would he know where he's been brought.

I also hope Hank Pym is part of SHIELD's R and D division..

Since they just got Daredevil they should use a daredevil 2-parter as a backdoor pilot

How about a Journey into Mystery show for utilising less mainstream superheroes? It could also be used to flesh out secondary characters from the movies too.

Lets see, characters I could use in SHIELD? Iron Fist, luke cage, shang Chi, Black Cat, x-23, hank pym, moon knight, and may be Kate bishop while villains can be MODOK/MODAM, taskmaster, batroc, etc.

Have to have Tom Jane as Frank Castle if he comes back. If Blade comes into play...Roger Cross.

They should definitely feature Plastic Man and maybe even Dr. Fate. Oooh, Stephanie Brown as the Spoiler would be good too. (Runs and hides)

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