After yesterday’s big announcement that Marvel’s new live-action TV series with Joss Whedon and ABC would be “S.H.I.E.L.D.” Whedon has explained a few details of the show’s premise.
Variety has reported that during a Q&A Whedon moderated on Tuesday for Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass’s new movie “Sleepwalk with Me”, Whedon described how “S.H.I.E.L.D.” would function in the Marvel cinematic universe. Variety reports:
“The storyline for the proposed series will be largely ‘autonomous’ from the Avengers sequel feature. The series will revolve around the activities of the SHIELD org governing body for the superheroes featured in ‘The Avengers.'”
Variety writer Cynthia Littleton tweeted yesterday that “altho joss reserves right to pepper in bits here and there. His bro Jed and Maurissa T. will be showrunners, he’ll just show up every now and then ‘and take credit for everything,’ Joss assures.”
Whedon will write “S.H.I.E.L.D.” with his brother Jed Whedon and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen, who collaborated with Whedon on “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” and “Dollhouse.” Production on the pilot will begin immediately, with the Whedons, Jeffrey Bell, and Jeph Loeb executive producing.
In addition to developing “S.H.I.E.L.D.” for ABC, Whedon is writing and directing the sequel to “The Avengers” with Marvel Studios.
Can’t stop the signal: Marvel’s “The Avengers”––directed by Joss Whedon and starring everyone––was released in the U.S. on May 4, 2012. It broke box office records left and right and launched Whedon from Geek God cult icon to veritable Hollywood phenomenon.
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