Joss Whedon Talks About ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ And His Marvel Deal

The Avengers director explains his desire to return to television and why he re-upped with Marvel. 

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Earlier this week, word broke that ABC has given the greenlight for a "S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot overseen by Joss Whedon as part his deal with Marvel that will see him return to the director's chair of The Avengers sequel as well.

Although details remain scarce about what the "S.H.I.E.L.D." TV series will entail, Whedon recently described to Vulture how he and his collaborators pitched the project.

"The important thing to me is that we know what the show is," said Whedon. "We love what it is. It came together very organically, so when we went in to pitch [to Marvel], it wasn't like, We're trying to find this because you want a TV show, it was, Check this out.' And that's a good way to walk in a room… What I do know is that it's the show it should be, and we've got some really dope notions. It's going to work very well for people who either love the Marvel universe or for people who've never dipped a toe in the Marvel universe."

Whedon also noted the prospect of creating the TV series and having a greater hand in the Marvel movies helped keep at Marvel until at least 2015.

"It was part of what made it attractive to me," explained Whedon. "I loved the idea of being a consigliere. Every writer loves the idea of being able to go in and fix a problem and then leave without obligation. It's fun! I also love these characters and the Marvel universe, and I grew up reading the books, and I've been going back and reading the old books and realizing that they shaped my storytelling way more than I give them credit for."

"Now I'm starting up a TV show," continued Whedon. "Which is something I really wanted to do, but I thought it wasn't going to be a part of my life for the next several years. It's like a tapas menus of projects that excite me, in addition to the Avengers sequel, which I'm excited for because I'm incredibly excited about the next story that I'm going to tell. For me, it's a huge win."

Over at Variety, it was reported that the "S.H.I.E.L.D." TV series will feature Jed Whedon and his wife, Maurissa Tancharoen as the showrunners, but Joss Whedon will co-write the pilot episode with them and possibly direct it as well.

Both Whedon brothers and Tancharoen will executive produce "S.H.I.E.L.D.;" which may be in play for a potential Fall 2013 launch on ABC.


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