Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Mystery Begins to Unravel

Since its announcement, the S.H.I.E.L.D. television show has been on a need to know basis with the general consensus being that the public needs to know very little. As of late, however, news has been trickling out like water through a crack in a dam.

Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, who are writing the pilot with Joss Whedon, along with Jeffrey Bell, who worked on Angel with Joss Whedon, will be running the show on a day to day basis, if S.H.I.E.L.D is actually picked up as a new series, with Joss Whedon having final say on cuts of the show as stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Joss Whedon, stated that his main priority is the Avengers sequel, but he will work on S.H.I.E.L.D. until his schedule will no longer allow it.

In terms of cast, Clark Gregg, who played Agent Phil Coulson in Iron Man and Avengers, is reprising his role and will be the series’ lead actor. Now the only way I can think of how that works given the character’s situation in Avengers can be described in three words, Life Model Decoy, but that’s just speculation. He will be supported by Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, and Chloe Bennet as Skye.
Ming-Na Wen, when asked in an interview with AMC theaters about how she would be preparing for the role, revealed she wouldn’t be reading comics. She stated, “I am in Whedon-verse all the way…I am going to watch every single thing that he has ever done…I mean I was a huge fan anyway, so I am rewatching a lot…like FireflyAvengers I saw again…But I don’t think he is going to base it as much on the comics. I think this is going to be sort of like his own thing with Stan Lee…I would rather take it fresh from his point of view.” This is troubling, if you don’t think about it and take it for what it is, but there are several points that discredit this statement. Avengers was heavily inspired by the source material, and that is abundantly clear when watching the movie. It would be absurd to think Joss Whedon wouldn’t take influence from the source material given how well it’s done for Avengers and how much of a fan of it he is. The other point that discredits Wen’s statement is the lack of Stan Lee present in talks about the show. As a matter of fact, Stan Lee only appears, and sometimes executive produces, movies/shows that have something to do with a character he created. All in all, Wen comes off more fan-girlish than professional in her comments.

With the way we’re learning more about this show lately, it’s only a matter of time before we find out some of the more juicy tidbits, such as who will be the primary villain/villains, will this show be episodic or more continuation based, and so on and so forth. What are you looking forward to seeing in S.H.I.E.L.D.?



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