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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