Joss Whedon Returns to TV for SHIELD Series
Fanboys Weep as Images of Joss Whedon with a SHIELD Logo Appear on Toast
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
I just wet my pants: Joss Whedon, one of today’s hottest writer/director combo superguy thingies, is confirmed to be returning to television for the first time since his troubled series “Dollhouse” limped to the finish line in 2010. But more importantly, in the time since his last high-concept show’s death, Whedon’s gone on to direct a tiny little movie you may’ve heard about: Marvel’s The Avengers, the third highest grossing movie yet produced. Pretty slick.
According to the release, Whedon will write and may direct the pilot episode of SHIELD, if his schedule permits. In addition to “the Man himself,” Whedon’s brother Zack will also write and produce the show, along with his wife Maurisa Tancharoen. Besides sharing in common writing duties on the aforementioned “Dollhouse,” the younger Whedon and Ms. Tancharoen also co-wrote the cult favorite web series, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog,” which took the web pretty much by storm back during the writer’s strike. Read on after the break for more details!
For those unfamiliar, (which, come on, guys, after watching the last 5 years’ worth of Marvel movies, how could you possibly be?) SHIELD, in the comics, follows Nick Fury’s secret organization which deals with all manner of threats to America—indeed, the world—ultimately working to bring together the Avengers. Whether Nick Fury, so far portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, will appear in the series as a regular with a new actor. The nerd in me hopes for at least a small recurring role by Jackson himself, but I’m not going to hold my breath. Still, Marvel’s been playing their hand really well the last few years, so maybe we’ll get lucky.
What we do know about the series is fairly slim: it will be set in the same Marvel universe as the past 5 years of films leading up to this year’s Avengers movie. Presumably it will begin following the events of that movie and play an interesting role in filling in some of the backstory and side story for the upcoming “Phase two” of Marvel’s cinematic adventures, which includes Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and culminates in The Avengers 2. Rumor has it there may be another Hulk movie on the table, but so far that hasn’t been announced, and given that ABC is also working on a Hulk television series, seems rather unlikely. Personally, I’d like to see Mark Ruffalo play Bruce Banner/The Hulk in his own series, with crossovers into SHIELD and perhaps even secondary roles in Marvel’s other movies (particularly Iron Man or Captain America—the Avengers 2 is a given).