One of the highlights for us – we hope – this year will be the pilot and hopefully full series of SHIELD under the watchful eye of Joss Whedon.
Thankfully, with the pilot now finished filming (last week) and Whedon feeling confident about the prospects of getting a full series – we have no doubt to be honest – the writer/director is getting a bit chatty about what we can expect.
Talking to TV Line on Sunday at the 2013 Streamy Awards, where he was nominated for best guest appearance (in Husbands), Whedon said: “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, it is definitely a Marvel show.”
When asked if the series might see some familiar faces from the Marvel movies pop up, he replied: “there’s a little bit of talk of that” for any possible future the project has in primetime. Right now, I want to involve people in the characters that we’ve created for the show”
When asked about How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders’ involvement in the potential series, he said he believes the actress’ schedule “will permit very little” involvement, “but if we can get a hold of her anytime, we will.”
So the possibility of bigger characters? An upbeat series? And one that will evolve as and when it needs to? Joss, excited doesn’t come close to how we feel…
SHIELD will hit TV screens later this year with a series (hopefully) following soon after