UPDATE: Joss Whedon Offers Details On S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series

Reassuring fans that the prospective ABC series will include new characters, co-writer and director Joss Whedon has offered a brief update for his S.H.I.E.L.D. TV pilot, in a recent video interview!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 9/12/2012


During the Toronto International Film Festival, where the filmmaker was promoting his indie take on Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing, which Lionsgate recently acquired, Joss Whedon discussed with MTV News his prospective Marvel TV series, S.H.I.E.L.D.. Verifying that the show will have new characters, watch the video below; as well a bit from The Avengers' Mark Ruffalo discussing a stab at another solo Hulk movie.

UPDATE: In a separate interview with the New York Times, Joss Whedon offered a bit more about the show.

“It's trucking right along. I’m writing it with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, my brother and sister-in-law who worked on “Dollhouse” with me. And we’re planning to shoot it just as soon as we can get it up and running. It’s an ensemble show, so we’ve gotta find the right cast. We found a way to structure it so that what we’re dealing with are agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who are the humans in a superhero world and how they deal with that and how it makes them vulnerable.”



“It's new characters. It needs to be its own thing. It needs to be adjacent [to the MCU] but you don't want to do a show where you're constantly going, 'Iron Man just left, but he was totally here a minute ago.' You want them to do their own thing. Well, what does S.H.I.E.L.D. have that the other superheroes don't? And that, to me, is that they're not superheroes. But they live in that universe. Even though they're a big organization, that [lack of powers] makes them underdogs, and that's interesting to me.”






Source: MTV News
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IronDean2099 - 9/12/2012, 8:43 AM
Right on. Preach, Whedon, preach.
rockerdude22 - 9/12/2012, 8:46 AM
Interesting. I still hope we'll see some characters with powers though! Even just an episode guest-spot would be fine.
Vafrous - 9/12/2012, 8:48 AM
I'd like to see The Punisher in one episode, or maybe even Iron Fist...
IronDean2099 - 9/12/2012, 8:50 AM
I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the Punisher at some point in this. Possibly even Blade.
luffycapri - 9/12/2012, 9:00 AM
Can't wait for this show
OdinsBeard - 9/12/2012, 9:04 AM
would love for Cobie as Hill to be the lead but i'll tak what i can get because this show sounds awesome!

i hope they battle B, and C-list villains
DoctorDoak - 9/12/2012, 9:04 AM
Nifty. I'm as pumped for this just as much as I am for any of the Phase II films :)
Ha1frican - 9/12/2012, 9:08 AM
This has alot of potential. This could be the platform for smaller characters that dont warrant movies (Luke Cage, Iron Fist, etc) to break into the mCU without the pressure of having a successful movie and maybe make their way into Avengers or their tie-ins
Ha1frican - 9/12/2012, 9:09 AM
I think Cobie Smulders is really the only MCU star that makes sense to have in this
TheJester - 9/12/2012, 9:12 AM
@ Ha1frican

Reading is hard.........let me help you.

HE DOESN'T WANT TO DO THAT.

superpooper - 9/12/2012, 9:13 AM
Although I agree totally with what Whedon is saying I'm skeptical about whether or not a TV series that's based in the Marvel Universe but doesn't have any of the Superheroes we know already will have lasting appeal with anyone. Of course it's Whedon so one would be stupid to bet against him now, but I'm curious how this will play out.
Optimus83 - 9/12/2012, 9:16 AM
Jasper Stidwell or Phil Coulson as the main protagonist???
SpoonWielder - 9/12/2012, 9:18 AM
This is one of those times that I agree with grif. I really don't care about SHIELD enough to tune in once a week. I'm gonna have to see it before I make any further judgements though.
ATrueHero1987 - 9/12/2012, 9:19 AM
Yes, where is The Hulk love?! I would love a sequel to TIH. Joss can just write the script. :) Please make a TIH sequel where he goes up against The Leader & The Absorbing Man!
Jollem - 9/12/2012, 9:19 AM
never bought an avengers comic, definitely never cared about shield in the comics. show me what you got, mr. whedon
thewonderer - 9/12/2012, 9:25 AM
SHIELD is going to suck hard

No superpowers? How is this a good idea?
Temple - 9/12/2012, 9:36 AM
@Grif obviously you do, if you clicked on the article. Smh, dumbass.
soberchimera - 9/12/2012, 9:37 AM
They should do a Punisher tv series based on Garth Ennis' run. The "Kitchen Irish" storyline was probably the best comic arc I've read in a long time. They would probably have to put it on HBO or Showtime to do it justice though.
Kayo - 9/12/2012, 9:38 AM
sounds awesome
ATrueHero1987 - 9/12/2012, 9:38 AM
@thewonderer How the hell do you know and you haven't seen a tv preview or set pics?!

Jollem - 9/12/2012, 9:41 AM
@soberchimera61 - Kitchen Irish was great
CorndogBurglar - 9/12/2012, 9:58 AM
@ optimus

apparently you missed the part where Coulson died in the Avengers.
GodzillaKart - 9/12/2012, 10:02 AM
Wow! Amazingly honest answer from Ruffalo. Hopefully they figure it out soon, I would love to see another IH now that they seem to finally have the character right.

The shield show will rely entirely on it's quality as a drama. They aren't starting with beloved characters, so they will have to build it and make an interesting show. I have faith in Josh to make it entertaining. I hope it is simultaneously a good drama.
Chewtoy - 9/12/2012, 10:06 AM
There will be superpowers in the show... it's just that the lead characters won't have them. That's the "underdog" angle. They're obviously going to go up against super-powered characters.

I'm expecting a more action-oriented "X-Files" kind of show. Reports of something strange going on somewhere, SHIELD agents sent to investigate, some of those incidents are going to be the origins of super-villains, I'm willing to bet.

Also, anyone who knows Buffy and Angel know that he loves season-long story arcs with a big bad working against the cast. It's perfect for building up some great characters that perhaps wouldn't be on the short list to be movie villains, or setting some up for possible roles in future flicks.
UncleDrew - 9/12/2012, 10:10 AM
Please let Clay Quartermain be one of the leads!!!!!!!!!!
Mr2099 - 9/12/2012, 10:14 AM
I hope they allow open casting calls so I can try out for Clay Quartermain. Please HEAR MY PLEE, OH GREAT AND POWERFUL WHEDON!!!!!!!
M6 - 9/12/2012, 10:21 AM
Really? WHY!!! Mark Rufallo was awesome in the Avengers and they finally got a great-looking Hulk, so who cares about a stupid 'Shield' show, we need more HULK!
DioFoRio - 9/12/2012, 11:09 AM
Bring us a hulk flick...it can't be that hard.
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 9/12/2012, 11:20 AM
Sweet! As long as Joss keeps bringing in the goods (intro to other characters, more SHIELD agents, good script writing/dialogue/etc.) then I'll be happy. Also, I would like to see an episode showing Nick back in his early days...


:P
tazmaniak - 9/12/2012, 11:58 AM
When he says the show will feature new characters, is he saying comic book characters who didn't appear in the movies or new as in newly created for the show?
Fogs - 9/12/2012, 1:05 PM
I have a question: Does the Fox/Sony contracts cover TV series as well? Could we see something they own in movies on this SHIELD series??
Ha1frican - 9/12/2012, 1:34 PM
@TheJester he said the main characters wouldnt have powers, but what do you think SHIELD is going to be dealing with? Regular criminals? we have that already its called NCIS/CSI/Law and Order. Don't be such a jackass
Ha1frican - 9/12/2012, 1:35 PM
@TheJester he said it needs to be its own thing as in not be dependent on the films but that doesnt mean it doesnt work the other way around and characters from the show work into the MCU
Ha1frican - 9/12/2012, 1:39 PM
@Fogs i believe Marvel retains TV rights, thats why they can still do a Spider-Man cartoon and pretty much any other show. Im not 100% that that applies to live action but i believe it does so in theory we could see Spidey, Fntastic 4, X-Men and others but it seems pretty clear they wont go that route
inky - 9/12/2012, 1:48 PM
i still think it needs to be more like man from uncle type series with touches of get smart :)
TheAbomination - 9/12/2012, 2:14 PM
*yawn* Boring. Let me know when they give us a trailer.
tazmaniak - 9/12/2012, 2:21 PM
Pick your cast of characters. Mine would be:

Clay Quartermain - lead agent
Jasper Sitwell - lead technician/Stark Industries liaison
Carol Danvers(pre-powers) - head of security/secon-in-command
Bobbi Morse - rookie agent
Jessica Drew(pre-powers) - field agent/Interpol liaison
Jimmy Woo - field agent/FBI liaison
marvelmaniaco - 9/12/2012, 3:08 PM
I want to see some super heroes in the show and villains that don't make it into the movies such as she hulk, dr Samson, Luke cage, iron fist and many more
AgentJoe - 9/12/2012, 3:23 PM
When the Avengers movie was being made, the Department of Defense refused to participate. Their reasoning was that the command relationship of the SHIELD organization is not clearly defined. This is actually a rational concern, that has never been adequately addressed by Marvel.

Is SHIELD an intelligence organization? Then it should take orders from the Director of Central Intelligence (the cabinet level person the CIA and NSA answer to.) A military organization? Then it should take orders from the Secretary of Defense. A law enforcement organization? Then it should take orders from the Secretary of Justice. Some combination of the above? An independent with its director a cabinet level appointment approved by congress?

Moreover, SHIELD is often portrayed as having an international element. Sometimes it is said that SHIELD has treaty ties to the United Nations. The problem with that is simply: the U.N. charter is written so that the organization cannot compell its members in any way. Any action by the U.N. requires both a majority vote of the general assembly and the unanimous consent of the Security Council. The U.N. charter will not allow the existense of any sort of law enforcement body.

I have an idea. I believe my idea answers those two critical questions. And I developed my idea based upon Jack Kirby's original design for the SHIELD badge. You may recall that design had a crossed pistol and dagger with twelve stars on red white and blue field.

Within Marvelverse canon it is established that the ancient conspiricy know as Hydra was taken over by the Red Skull and a cabal of his officers when they realized the war was lost and their personal power was more important to them than their nationalism. It is also established that allied intelligence had knowledge of the existence of Hydra, and some idea of the threat it posed. After the end of the war, this criminal enterprise saw its ranks swell with war criminals, adrenalin junkies and displaced persons.

In 1949, twelve nations signed a defensive alliance intended to prevent a resurgence of a militaristic Germany and block Soviet expansionism. This alliance became the institution we know as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It is entirely reasonable to suggest that when NATO began to take on it's proactive military posture (after the Korean War) a special Unified Command was created to support and coordiate law enforcement and counter intelligence operations across the borders of the member states. It is also reasonable to suggest that, in order to monitor and "watchdog" this extraordinary element, a diplomatic oversight committee was also established.

Thus the Jack Kirby design of a dagger representing the counter-intelliegence function, a pistol representing the law enforcement function, and twelve stars representing the twelve founding member-states of NATO.

The obvious limit here is that NATO is a headquarters with no troops. All the forces in NATO are actually member-state forces acting under clearly defined treaty obligations. Putting any muscle behind this unified NATO command for coordinating law enforcement activities would require participation from the members.

Marvelverse canon states that in the late fifties Tony Stark approached the U.S. president to request a special organization or department to address what Tony saw as the threat posed by Hydra and other trans-national criminal organizations. I presume that Tony was freshly pulled from school and speaking on behalf of his recently departed (killed in a car accident) father, Howard. Eisenhower would not have been receptive to Tony. Ike had become wary of what he called the military industrial complex and in his mind, Tony would have seemed to represent those interests.

A couple of years later, Tony tried again. But if his second attempt was to Kennedy, he would have received a very different reception. Kennedy liked ivy league intellectuals and would have seen Tony in that light. Kennedy was also more interested in finding new and unconventional approaches to the problems he faced. SHIELD would have fit right into his approach.

From there it is only a short step to suggest that as a condition of U.S. providing SHIELD to NATO, the U.S. is guaranteed a seat on the oversight committee for a member of the presidents cabinet. Whether that seat is filled by Justice, Defence or Intelligence would depend upon the whim of the sitting president. SHIELD command would go through the unified command and the oversight committee to NATO for its international management, and through the U.S. member of the oversight committee to the President for its domestic management.

It all fits.

This idea as it applies to the Marvel copywrite SHIELD organization is open source. I claim no copywrite of my own. Anybody may use this idea at will; so long as they do not claim it as original. Credit to me would be appreciated, but is not essential.

Joe Crislip
12 September 2012
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ThePowerCosmic - 9/12/2012, 3:30 PM
Baron Zemo for a villain!
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