Not much has been revealed about the upcoming television project, “Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.” The series, which comes from genius Joss Whedon, will be a television counterpart to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We have previously discussed what fans and viewers will want from the series but Whedon recently sat down with TVLine to talk about the plans for the new show.
The pilot episode “Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D” wrapped production last week and is reportedly being fast tracked by ABC so it will be able to premiere this fall. Whedon remains enthusiastic about the series and is confident in its ability to do well with target audiences.
“I’m excited about the show because it’s a very hopeful show,” Whedon told TVLine in an interview. “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 also quelled fears that the show would be to far off target in regards to the comic book series and the films with in the Marvel Universe.
“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.”
Whedon is also acutely aware of the fact that fans are calling for some guest appearances from the movie characters. The show is about S.H.I.E.L.D. after all, an entity that appears in every film. However, Whedon revealed that guest stars are simply not on their radar at the moment.
“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.”
There is one character who is confirmed to appear at one point. Cobie Smulders, who played Agent Maria Hill in Marvel’s The Avengers, will appear on the show at some point if her current acting schedule on “How I Met Your Mother” allows.
The current cast for “Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.” includes Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na We as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons, and Chloe Bennet as Skye.
While the details surrounding the return of Clark Gregg has not been revealed, the studio has stated that the series will take place after the events of Marvel’s The Avengers.