The pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D. has wrapped shooting and there’s not been a lot of information about the series coming from the usually prodigious Marvel Marketing Machine. Luckily we’ve got some from the man himself, Joss Whedon, who talked with TV Line at the 2013 Streamy Awards (He was nominated for best guest appearance in Husbands, but didn’t win.) about his latest venture into prime time television, S.H.I.E.L.D.
What can we expect about the show?
“I’m excited about the show because it’s a very hopeful show, it’s not about murder, and it’s not about crime, and it’s not people looking into their own belly buttons. It’s about people who are trying to help each other, and that’s one of the things I loved about comic books. They had costumes and the villains were cool [but] they stood for something, and I like doing a show that does that.”
“We’re trying very hard to be true to [Marvel's] ethos and also to the structure of their universe, so it is definitely a Marvel show.”
Will the show capitalize on The Avengers movie success? This next bit might make a couple of fans wonder if the show could develop ratings issues due to the lack of fan favorites from the movies making guest appearances in the series. Whedon says:
“Right now, I want to involve people in the characters that we’ve created for the show, and then we’ll worry about [the other stuff].”
The “other stuff” being appearances by Marvel movie characters like Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury ( Samuel L. Jackson), and other heroes from the Marvel Universe. Although I can sympathize with Whedon’s desire to promote the main characters of the series, everybody knows that it’s going to be the interactions between those characters and the “Big Guns” of the Marvel Universe that will make the series special.
Even characters that are a ratings no brain-ers for the series have issues beyond the series story lines. Cobie Smulders already has a full schedule with How I met Your Mother and other projects. Whedon cautioned that Smulders schedule would:
“permit very little involvement, but if we can get a hold of her anytime, we will.”
Most likely Whedon will have plenty of time to develop this series and it’s characters, certainly more time then his other much loved and lamented series Firefly. Not many superhero television shows make it past the first season, but when they do those series are cash cows for the franchise owners, creating publicity, larger fan bases, and toys, don’t forget the toys.
The S.H.I.E.L.D. cast includes: Ming-Na Wen as former soldier Melinda May, Clark Gregg, Agent Phil “AIN’T HE DEAD” Coulson, Chloe Bennet as superhero obsessed Agent Skye, Elizabeth Henstridge as the scientific expert Gemma Simmons), Iain De Caestecker plays the series technical wizard, think Bond’s ‘Q’, Leo Fitz, and Brett Dalton rounds out the cast as the golden boy Agent Grant.