The new Joss Whedon S.H.I.E.L.D. television production is looming on the horizon of 2013, but it’s been a while since there’s been anyone talking about it. This time the information is coming to us via Clark Gregg, also known as “the ghost of Agent Coulson” or “zombie Coulson” or “robot-vampire-ninja Coulson” or whatever. Check it out after the jump.
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Finally, the rumor mill can grind to a merciful halt: Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) will be recalled from his current assignment feeding the worms and reinstated for the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. He’s not a robot, or a clone–or a flashback, fantasy, dream, or hallucination. He’s not a long-lost twin or a Skrull impersonator….and Nick Fury didn’t exaggerate his condition so the Avengers would get their shit together in the movie.
Nope, dude was deader than disco–and he got better.
The word came down from His Nerdy Excellency: Joss Whedon at the South By Southwest film festival:
“I’ll tell you guys this, Heimlich,” Whedon joked, before effectively clamming up about the show. “I can’t talk about it,” he admitted, but said that he did bring Coulson back from the dead for the ABC drama. “Yes. For realsies.”
As for HOW Coulson will rise from the grave, we still have no information: The Marvel Universe offers a number of options for any character who wishes to defy the Reaper , but none of these methods have as yet been featured in a Marvel film.
As further confirmation, Clark Gregg took to Twitter and began spreading the news of Coulson’s ressurection.
That’s the word from Maurissa Tancharoen, co-showrunner along with husband Jed Whedon. Marvel’s highly anticipated television series began filming in January, and is expected to be picked up by ABC. Avengers director and Nerd Potentate Joss Whedon co-wrote and directed the pilot, which stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Tain De Caestecker, and Brett Dalton.
S.H.I.E.L.D. is probably the only thing being discussed in Nerddom even half as much as Star Wars: Episode VII…..and unlike that controversial production, we won’t have to wait two years to see if S.H.I.E.L.D. lives up to the hype.
My money is on unqualified success, personally. S.H.I.E.L.D. is ideal for a TV series: Its structure as a quasi-military law enforcement/intelligence agency makes it easy for non-comic readers to connect to, and there’s lots of room for new and interesting characters.
Plus….we get Agent Coulson (well…Clark Gregg, at the very least) back from Joss Whedon’s “Altar of Likeable Character Sacrifice”–that’s enough for me.
The S.H.I.E.L.D. television show is in the process of filming and many of us are looking forward to seeing what it brings to the world of TV super hero/comic book-ness. We already know that Agent Coulson will be making his return from the dead on the show, though some are curious whether other movie-cast S.H.I.E.L.D. agents will be making appearances or not.
One of the agents in question is Agent Maria Hill, AKA Colbie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother). She showed up The Avengers and will be continuing to weave her way through the Marvel Universe in the upcoming Captain America sequel, but will she be showing up on S.H.I.E.L.D. TV as well?
In an interview with I Am Rogue, Smulders had a few things to say about her role as Hill, including whether she’d be able to get away from current gig to jump on S.H.I.E.L.D.:
The commitments to [How I Met Your Mother] don’t affect it. And I can’t really say but there are definite talks about it.
And whether she really wants to continue in the role, jumping from movies to TV series for potentially the next decade or so:
Oh yeah! I’m very excited. I will do Maria Hill until they fire me and hire someone else to do it.
There you have it folks. If you’re an Agent Maria Hill fan, look forward to seeing her pretty face in more than one future Marvel project.
Check her out in Captain America: The Winter Soldier April 4th, 2014 or wait and see if she ends up in S.H.I.E.L.D. come the predicted airing date of this fall.
Thanks to I Am Rogue for the interview goodness.
Perhaps the most anticipated television series of the new year, Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. is finally done with casting and, if sources in the trenches are to be believed, the man himself is hard at work directing the pilot episode.
Whedon is a busy boy, being both the grand overseer for the entire universe of Marvel Studios and having to put together Avengers 2 by 2015, but he still managed to put some time aside to take the reins of the new series. This is a good sign for fans, since Whedon’s presence at the opening of the show is essential to set the tone. Should he have handed the directing duties off to someone else, we might have been looking at an entirely different show come premiere time.
Look forward to S.H.I.E.L.D. showing up on ABC sometime this fall. Barring yet another apocalypse, of course.
Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.
It seems that ABC is chomping at the bit to get S.H.I.E.L.D., a new series based on the spy organization that’s central to the Marvel Comics and series of films, on its airwaves in the very near future.
Variety’s Marc Graser tweeted today that the series’ pilot will begin shooting this coming January, a mere five months after the series was first announced. We know that Ming-Na has been cast as lead character Agent Melinda May, at that she will be joined by Avengers actor Clark Gregg who’s returning as Agent Phil Coulson (at least we think it’s Coulson returning), so if the network is aiming for a January shoot date, expect more casting announcements very, very soon. And also expect to see it on the Fall 2013 TV schedule, if not before (?).
Avengers screenwriter and director Joss Whedon will direct the pilot and co-write it with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, who worked on Dr Horrible and Dollhouse with the Whedon Brothers. The series will be produced by the Whedons, Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb.
More news as it develops.
Source: Coming Soon
Summer Glau has gotten a bad rap on the Internet as a “Show Killer.” That’s an actor or actress that is connected with multiple television shows that you like, that end up getting canceled well before their time.
Firefly, Dollhouse, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, and The Cape are among her canceled series, and no one is saying it’s her fault, just bad series luck that seems to follow the talented actress. Seriously, she is always a standout and scene stealer when you look at the shows she’s been on, sometimes she’s the show’s only redeeming quality.
Yeah, I’m looking at you The Cape.
So you can understand how some fan boys and girls are reacting with some trepidation concerning the news that Summer is “crossing her fingers” when it comes to Joss Whedon‘s S.H.I.E.L.D. television show. She talked with IGN the other day about her role as Skylar in the SyFy (Man, I hate that Hipster spelling) channel’s original series Alphas. The show is pretty good and worth a look if you’re not currently watching the series. IGN went on to ask her about Joss Whedon’s new series S.H.I.E.L.D. and her interest in working with Whedon again.
IGN: So I’ve got to ask… Your buddy Joss [Whedon] has a new TV show percolating, and he’s been known to make use of your talents in several projects. So is that something you’ve had any conversations about? And do you think you’d look good in a S.H.I.E.L.D. jumpsuit?
Glau: Well, I have my fingers crossed behind my back. I try not to say anything to Joss about anything he’s doing because he has so many actors, and I know we all want to work for him. So I don’t know, but if I could be a part of it in any way, of course, you know I want to.
IGN: What’s it been like seeing the year Joss has had?
Glau: It couldn’t be more deserved. I’m just so proud that I got to work for him, and nobody deserves it more. I think he’s finally getting the place in mainstream filmmaking that we all knew could happen, and now everybody’s getting to enjoy it. And to get to see him back on TV, I just think that it’s going to be so gratifying for everybody who tried to get Firefly back on and supported Joss all these years, and bought the DVDs for friends and kept supporting it and kept promoting it. Now, I just cannot wait to see what he does next on TV. Of course, I’m excited about Avengers 2 as well, but it’ll also just be awesome to have Joss back on TV!
I would love to see her on S.H.I.E.L.D. as a villain and not a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Wouldn’t you love to see some kind of love-hate relationship between Summer Glau (As a villain) and Clark Gregg‘s character Agent Coulson? That story writes itself.
What do you think, are you willing to take the chance on Summer Glau and let her put to rest the Internet “Show Killer” tag?
Clark Gregg made a surprise appearance at the NYCC’s Marvel TV panel today just after Marvel had shown video of Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige talking about the return of Agent Coulson on the S.H.I.E.L.D. television pilot.
There was never gonna be a SHIELD show without Agent Coulson.
Later Gregg himself said to the crowd:
Ever heard of a Life Model Decoy? Coulson Lives.
Dan Hart, also on the panel, told the audience that Agent Coulson will continue to appear on the Ultimate Spider-Man animated show, voiced by Clark.
Go ahead and comment in the comment section below, I’ll be doing my happy dance over there… Don’t judge me by my awesome Elaine from Seinfeld dance moves.
Marvel Fan Boys (& Girls!) everywhere were pretty excited about the announcement that Joss Whedon had been put in charge of creating a television show based on Marvel Comics super secret spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. Forum speculation was rampant about who would be on the show and what direction the S.H.I.E.L.D. should take.
Whedon had said that the show would consist of new characters and not rely on established characters from Marvel Movie Universe. Finally, there are some new and interesting tidbits about the show’s development and the characters we can expect to see. TV Line got a hold of some character personality descriptions:
- Skye – This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident – with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.
- Agent Grant Ward – Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.
- Agent Althea Rice – Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.
- Agent Leo Fitz and Agent Jemma Simmons – These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.
Even though they won’t take a major part in the show, there are sure to be some on and off screen cameos by the major marvel heroes, Nick Fury, and Agent Maria Hill, but what really interests me is seeing some of the lesser known (To the general public) heroes and villains.
HYDRA and AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics which has been seen in set pictures of the upcoming Iron Man movie), should have major roles as the adversaries in the show. I’d love to see a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent go undercover into one of those two villainous organizations.
Considering The Avengers short, Item 47, S.H.I.E.L.D. should do some cleaning up after Avengers battles and perhaps encounter some scientists and inventors trying out their crazy new inventions, not to mention those wanna be heroes and villains that get in the way of those trying to maintain law and order.
What are you looking for in the new series, what marvel character are you hoping to see pop up in S.H.I.E.L.D.?
Anyone who scans the daily geek-news knows that Joss Whedon positively loves to talk about his projects. As a consequence, people love to interview him and pretty much every word he speaks in the presence of another human being is recorded and placed within the vastness of the Internet. Here’s a little more of what Whedon has to say about why Wonder Woman projects seem to be cursed, as well as his thoughts on possibly returning some already used characters to the S.H.I.E.L.D. television show.
When asked about the last incarnation of Wonder Woman (courtesy WB and David E. Kelley) and why it tanked:
I don’t think that was a match. I just don’t. I don’t think that he needs to write about superheroes. You need to need to write about superheroes to write about superheroes. If that’s not in your vernacular, you may bring something new and interesting to it, but at the end of the day, if you don’t have that burning desire to talk about these people who have these insane powers, then some other agenda is going to come forward and you might accidentally turn off the dark.
And when asked about whether Lizzy Kaplan and Jesse Bradford will make their way to the new S.H.I.E.L.D. production because of their appearance in Item 47, a short film slotted to be included on The Avengers Blu-ray:
I honestly do not think they are available because I think she is on another show. We’re building it with a new group of people. They were great and that had a lot to do with why we are making the show, but we are starting fresh.
So there you have it, the latest words of Joss Whedon. Listen, worship, obey and, most importantly, watch his television shows! Next week, Joss Whedon expresses him opinions on the viability of 1-ply vs. 2-ply toilet paper.