A day after widespread reports that ABC green lit a television series pilot about the top secret S.H.I.E.L.D. organization featured in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, Whedon has confirmed he’s on board to at least consult on it, though he won’t be the showrunner.
“The S.H.I.E.L.D. show kind of dropped in my lap, and I love working in TV,” Whedon told EW.com on Thursday, without revealing any more details. “I get to really build a show with people I really trust and love. What we’re building is entirely autonomous from The Avengers. It’s gotta be a show that works for people who haven’t seen the Marvel movies. It will please Marvel fans, I think.”
This is a mighty return to TV for Whedon, whose Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel are fantasy cult TV classics. Firefly, his sci-fi western on Fox starring Nathan Fillion, was canceled after one season, and his last network show, Dollhouse, was canceled after two seasons, also on Fox. S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for the Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate, or Division – it’s a mouthful.
As for Whedon’s followup sequel to this year’s mega superhero hit The Avengers, which Marvel announced on its Facebook page on Thursday is back in theaters for the Labor Day weekend, his excitement about the second film was palpable.
“The Avengers sequel, I’m pretty on fire with that,” he said, revealing some nervousness about when shooting for such a massive undertaking would actually begin. “We’re slated to come out May of 2015. Last time [with The Avengers] we started shooting in April, which was pretty hilarious. I wanted to murder people, they wanted to murder me.”