ABC Orders S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot from Joss Whedon

Joss WhedonWe now have a name for the live-action Marvel comics project being developed by geek god Joss Whedon for ABC. Or, make that an acronym: S.H.I.E.L.D.

A covert, quasi-military peace-keeping organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. (or the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) was featured in this summer’s Avengers movie, which was penned and directed by Whedon, as well as in myriad Marvel comic books.

Although it has not been detailed which Marvel characters will be featured in the TV take, on the big screen, Samuel Jackson’s eye-patched Nick Fury oversaw the org as well as a somewhat motley (yet quite mighty) crew populated by the disparate likes of Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, Tony Stark and Thor.

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The S.H.I.E.L.D. series will be written by Whedon, his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, our sister site Deadline reports, with Joss tentatively set to direct the pilot. Production is expected to get underway immediately.

Does this news have you P.S.Y.C.H.E.D? Which Marvel characters do you hope to see, and who would you (realistically) dream-cast in the roles?

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140 Comments
  1. UJ says:

    Time to be a buzz kill… actors are generally signed on contract to a network for many seasons irrelevant if it is the last season; especially true if series is doing well. E.g) prior to his saga, Charlie Sheen was paid in advanced for so many seasons and hence should not have been fired… unless breach…

    Hence… Joshua Jackson = Yes, as although on Fox this is the last season of Fringe, contract will expire.
    Lizzy Caplan = very very busy on movies and on Fox too.
    Cobie Smulders = Not Possible = Renewed for 2 season contract for HIMYM
    Clark Gregg = Still Agent Colson voiced on Amazing Spiderman Cartoon on Disney Channel.
    Chuck Actors = maybe = but Yvonne is on Dexter this season. Zack yes, unless web series busy.

    Logic tells me a realistic list comes from any running ABC show list. Amy Acker = probably yes. Nathan Fillion = maybe guest star, but way too busy on Castle. Leslie Bibb reporter = maybe guest star, but again too busy. I would love to see me Lexie Grey revivived on Team Shield, but wishful thinking. Emily Clarke revenge guest starring? Hmm…

  2. Tee says:

    Can’t imagine this ending well on ABC. I was hoping when he showed up on TV again, he’d go for a network with less ratings pressure and lots of creative freedom like FX or HBO or something. I got so excited when he had that meeting with FX a few years back, but then no exciting announcements emerged. Le sigh!

  3. sladewilson says:

    Sam Jackson will probably do the pilot and a couple of eppys here and there. Much harder to get Scarlett and Jeremy (under the movie banner both Black Widow and Hawkeye are SHIELD operatives). The characters they’ll probably use will be Jessica Drew, Sharon Carter, Dum Dum Dugan, Gabriel Jones, Jasper Stilwell, G.W. Bridge, Clay Quartermain – most have connections to established heroes, etc…

  4. Fox says:

    My casting ideas for Shield agents

    Amy Acker – Jessica Drew
    Ryan McPartlin – Clay Quartermain
    Ian Anthony Dale – Jimmy Woo
    Valentina Cervi – Contessa Valentina DeFontaine
    Victor Garber – G.W. Bridge
    Theo James – Wendell Vaughan
    Ivonne Strahovski – Carol Danvers
    Brett Harrison – Eric O’Grady

    Don’t think we will be seeing Dum Dum Dugan or Gabe Jones since they were in Captain America during WWII. Maybe as retired agents?

  5. Josh says:

    they could always do Jake Fury, Nick Fury’s brother as the lead and I bet by the time this is ready to go Cobie will be done with How I Met Your Mother

  6. They’re never going to have the budget to do this show right. I don’t see it being picked up.

  7. Mikael says:

    Yes, could we PLEASE have Spider-Woman, Ms. Marvel, and/or Mockingbird? And I would love to see some Joss’ favorites such as Amy Acker, Eliza Dushku and Summer Glau :)

  8. Velvet says:

    Absolutely psyched!

  9. stevie says:

    my dream casting:

    THOR – tahmoh penikett
    IRON MAN – james callis
    HAWKEYE – james marsters
    BLACK WIDDOW – amy acker
    CAPTAIN AMERICA – jamie bamber
    HULK/BRUCE BANNER – michael rosenbaum
    NICK FURY – lance reddick
    AGENT COULSON – kirk acevedo

  10. Eliza Dushku as Black Widow. Pretty please?

  11. MM says:

    Matt, Jed may have been a bother to Joss when they were little, but I’m pretty sure you mean brother in the article. Either way, this is exciting news!

  12. bobbie says:

    It’s a network. He’s not likely to have a free hand with his creativity. Were he able to be as creative as he wants, like with Buffy, it make make a good show. Once the network puts their restrictions/rewriting/redoing on it, who knows…….

  13. Zoe says:

    OHMYGOD.

    …That’s really all I can say. Just- OH. MY. GOD.

  14. Dj says:

    This isn’t going to be a superhero show but more of a cop. How about someone like Rachel Nichols as Sharon Carter or Summer Glau as Mockingbird.

  15. Mikael says:

    I could see Rachel Nichols as Carol Danvers/Ms. Marvel.

  16. Frank C. says:

    This sounds totally awesome. ABC is bound to screw this up. Proof: FOX and Firefly.

  17. Furious says:

    ABC doesn’t get involved in the creative process of shows. Bad Robot had 100% full control over Lost, ABC even green lit them 48 episodes to finish the series on their own terms which they spread out over 3 seasons. Also ABC is part of Disney which owns Marvel, and they’ve done just fine letting the guys at Marvel be in control of what happens to their live action properties as evident by their movies.

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