Next to the recently-announced news that Robin Williams may be returning to TV courtesy of a new pilot with CBS, the news that Joss Whedon is developing a “S.H.I.E.L.D.” show for ABC under the Marvel banner is the most excited that we have been when it comes to development season all week. It’s definitely an ambitious goal to try and bring a beloved franchise to television, especially something that already has an audience that is as devoted and diehard as superhero fans.
So how did this project even come about? Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Whedon explained both this along with what some of his early goals are for this series — which should work as a standalone product while also appealing to comic fans:
“The S.H.I.E.L.D. show kind of dropped in my lap, and I love working in TV… I get to really build a show with people I really trust and love. What we’re building is entirely autonomous from The Avengers. It’s gotta be a show that works for people who haven’t seen the Marvel movies. It will please Marvel fans, I think.”
Sadly, this statement does not really help to illuminate whether or not some characters from the movie — including Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) will make any sort of appearance on the show. It’s likely that there could be guest parts for them, but we anticipate the Whedon would want to start the show fresh without forcing the viewers to have to do any research on characters or their past work before checking out the show.
This announcement does continue a resurgence for superhero shows on TV, and it follows up the early buzz surrounding the DC Comics’ “Arrow” series on The CW.
Are you excited for this series?