By now, everyone has heard that Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. organization has gotten its own television show as part of the studio’s attempt to spam all things Marvel across every medium they can manage. And while we know that ABC will be hosting the show, little else has been said about the project. In a recent interview with MTV News, Joss Whedon talked a bit more about what’s going for S.H.I.E.L.D., including his intention to not reuse old characters, instead introducing fans to a pack of fresh faces.
When asked about the project, he had this to say:
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.
S.H.I.E.L.D. may not be a super hero project in the traditional sense, but with Joss Whedon in charge and working in television (where, in my opinion, he does his best), it will be interesting to see what comes of it. Since he won’t have the same looming threat of cancellation that has plagued previous creations, we may get a fully developed Marvel universe centered around something other than the people with the crazy powers.
Plus, since it’s S.H.I.E.L.D.’s job to deal with the worst of threats, it gives Whedon the chance to bring in all sorts of super villains to fight or other super heroes to help out when needed. Given his track record, let’s hope that Whedon can pull off something great with his huge budget and newfound ability to throw his weight around and get things done the way he envisions them.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.