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There is no denying that Marvel scored a major win signing Joss Whedon to direct 'The Avengers.' Since the film's gargantuan success, Whedon has not only been hired to direct the sequel, but also serve as an adviser on a number of upcoming Marvel projects. Now, in further acknowledgment of his talents, ABC has ordered a pilot for an all new S.H.I.E.L.D. series from Whedon. The show will focus on the top secret spy organization that formed The Avengers. The show, just called 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' will be written by Whedon, his brother Jed, and Maurissa Tancharoen. Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, who worked on Joss' 'Firefly,' will serve as showrunners as well as producers. Whedon will also direct the pilot if his schedule permits. Whedon had this to say on the project...
"The storyline for the proposed series will be largely 'autonomous' from the Avengers sequel feature that is also in the works. ['S.H.I.E.L.D.'] will revolve around the activities of the top-secret S.H.I.E.L.D espionage org featured in Avengers."
Whedon coming back to TV while simultaneously still working within The Avengers universe? I'd say that qualifies as good news. I will say I am glad to hear the show will not directly tie-in to the next Avengers movie. I'm sure there are plenty of people who will take a cursory glance at this project and assume it to be nothing more than large-scale marketing for 'Avengers 2.' However, I'm interested to see the weekly espionage adventures of this organization. My big question here is whether Samuel L. Jackson will be able to reprise his role as Nick Fury. He's done a few shows here and there, but never anything that required this much commitment. If he can't do it, who are they going to cast as Fury? I hope Joss directs the pilot, and several other episodes, but just having his voice represented in the writing should allow for one fantastic series.
What do you guys think? Excited for the S.H.I.E.L.D. series? Any initial thoughts as to what ground they should cover? Something from the comics perhaps?