Joss Whedon talks Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.

News Louisa Mellor 19 Feb 2013 - 08:08

The Avengers director has shared a few words about Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., Maria Hill, and the show's ethos…

Production wrapped last week on the pilot for Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. (an episode that bears the ‘pilot’ name in title only judging by the way ABC has been talking up its new Joss Whedon-created project). The sage bets are on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s agents finding their way to an autumn 2013 TV premiere, and rest assured, we’ll report back when they do.

At a recent awards do, writer/director Joss Whedon explained the S.H.I.E.L.D. team is “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." In his words, what makes it stand out from the rest of the TV schedule?

"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.”

While reports suggest that Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders may well make cameo appearances in the show should it come to series, Whedon explained that fans shouldn't expect "a ton" of familiar faces from the world of Marvel, though "there's a little bit of talk of that".

"Right now, I want to involve people in the characters that we’ve created, and then we’ll worry about [the other stuff].” Smulders' commitment to season nine of How I Met Your Mother for instance, will allow for very little involvement, "but if we can get hold of her anytime, we will", Whedon told TVLine.

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Any show by Joss Whedon instantly gets a look from me. I'd rather they spent the money on building up the show and its characters as a whole, rather than spending half their budget getting cameos from Samuel L Jackson and Robert Downey Jr, as awesome as that would be. Hopefully, they'll work appearances from them into the payment they are receiving for the movies.

What I'm still wondering is if we are going to see characters from the latest Marvel One-Shot: Item 47 in the series.

I think the the actors of Item 47,Bennie (Jesse Bradford) and Claire (Lizzy Caplan) said they be open to appear but at the moment both are staring in other TV shows (Guys with Kids and Masters of Sex)

I honestly CAN NOT wait for this show!

If it's not about murder or crime, what the heck will the superheroes be doing? I'm hoping for Firefly, but on Earth and with superheroes.

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