The Marvel universe is constantly expanding and thanks to the mind-boggling box office gross of “The Avengers”, that universe will now expand into television. ABC has officially given the green light to produce a pilot for “S.H.I.E.L.D.”, a TV series that will have same-universe ties to the film series. Whedon, who has been appointed the overall show-runner of the Phase Two of the Marvel adaptations, has not said how much will tie in with the movies and that “S.H.I.E.L.D.” will be autonomous within the universe.
Joss Whedon, who co-wrote and directed the movie, will write the pilot with his brother, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen. The three previously worked with together on “Dollhouse” and “Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”. Whedon, who may or may not direct the pilot, will certainly have a great bit of influence, especially as he gears up for the “Avengers” sequel, but Jed and Maurissa will be the show-runners of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” as it goes forward a a TV series.
Did you know?: S.H.I.E.L.D. originally stood for “Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division”. In the movies, the acronym was changed to: “Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division”
This seems like it would have been the perfect vehicle for Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Phil Coulson, but well….it is fantasy filmmaking so it still could happen, depending where this takes place in the storyline. No matter who the stars are, having the show focus on the shadow agency certainly gives the filmmakers and the studio a chance to expand on a lot of things that may get glossed over in the movies. It remains to be seen if they will use this to explain Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), his origin and how he came to be Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Depending on when “How I Met Your Mother”, it could be a possible transition for Cobie Smulders, who played Maria Hill in the film. The series will be able to introduce minor characters; more specifically S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who may just be just a walk-on character in a movie, and expand on their character and background. For example Jasper Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernández), who has appeared in “Thor”, “The Avengers” and a few of the “Marvel One-Shot” shorts; and Titus Welliver, who plays Agent Blake in “Marvel One-Shot: Item 47”, could be recurring characters on the TV show.
After a record breaking opening weekend, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the highest grossing movie of 2012 so far and is third on the all-time list with over $618 million. “The untitled Avengers sequel” will be released on May 1, 2015.
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