Joss Whedon to Co-Write and Direct ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV Series Pilot!

ABC has greenlit this upcoming action-adventure pilot, which brings the Marvel universe to the small screen.

ABC orders a pilot for the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, with Joss Whedon directing
ABC orders a pilot for the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, with Joss Whedon directing
Last month, we reported that ABC is looking to tap into the superhero realm, with a potential TV series set in the world of Marvel's The Avengers. Today, we have word that the network has ordered a pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D., a series that will supposedly center on the organization (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate) that brought these superheroes together.

Marvel's The Avengers director Joss Whedon has signed on to write the pilot script with his brother Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse). Joss Whedon is also expected to direct the pilot episode, if his schedule permits.

Our initial report indicated that this live-action series may or may not feature the actual superheroes from Marvel's The Avengers, although it will be set in the same world. Setting this up as a S.H.I.E.L.D. series will likely introduce more of the inner-workings of this clandestine organization, although no plot details have been confirmed yet. It is possible for the various actors and heroes currently seen in the movie to make guest appearances, and for future comic book characters to be introduced.

It is not known at this time if Samuel L. Jackson, who plays S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury, will be involved with the series, or if he will make an appearance in the pilot.

Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen will executive produce the pilot alongside Marvel TV president Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell. It is said that production will begin immediately, so stay tuned for any casting updates in the near future.

Marvel's The Avengers was released May 4th, 2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

Sources: Deadline

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  1. WongFu

    for now on I would like to see live Marvel TV shows and film cross overs.

    3 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  2. Sean

    @rudy Yeah, that would be cool. But, hopefully one of the main cast of the Avengers team from the Avengers movie, will make some sort of cameo appearance.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  3. David garcia

    Wait! Will this also tie in the new Hulk series that ABC is also doing, or will just stay in the cinematic universe.

    3 years agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag


    @superman81 He definitely looks like he is ready to f*ck his sh*t!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  5. Ghostman


    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  6. Superman81

    How much milk does this cow have left?? On a side note, does anyone else see Samuel L Jackson in the picture looking all bad ass and think he is wanting to tell Whedon to get the f*ck out of his face mother f*cker!!

    3 years agoby @superman81Flag

  7. jasdjqs

    show will work. They will find a clever way to pull this off

    3 years agoby @jasdjqsFlag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 That is very true!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  9. SherlockHolmes2009

    Well at least we know the pilot will be good

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  10. Youngrizo

    Considering the alternate opening that got cut from the movie and the possibility of them following likely(mildly) the storyline that has Nick Fury going into hiding while Maria Hill takes over as acting S.H.I.E.L.D. director.

    They will likely try to make it a tie into the movie universe so that it acts as the other stand alone films have and fills the timeline between the bigger avengers films. And this would make it easier for them to introduce and use heroes who are far less 'Marvelous' lol but likely also would stick to mainly focusing on S.H.I.E.L.D. operations with new operatives introduced into the universe.

    3 years agoby @youngrizoFlag


    @rufio well, first off even though I am one for Batman I say this with love, f*ck fanboys... haha our expectations are always set way too high... I just feel to get that feel and visual aspect needed for this universe, it would have to be a film...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  12. Rufio

    @mcleve02 i like that idea much better. makes more sense. a TV show could be pretty sweet too, BUT you have to have a LOT of material to stretch out that much. plus you have all the casting issues. jackson? smulders (who already has a show)? clark gregg?
    too many tricky hurdles that if not navigated right will be rejected immediately by fanboys.

    3 years agoby @rufioFlag


    @rufio My idea was to not make a show, but a movie with all the SHIELD cast in it... The movie would revolve around all the events of the solo films leading up to the Avengers movies, but through the eyes of SHIELD...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  14. Rufio

    this could be very cool or very... very bad. bad in the sense that it could even hurt the Avengers 2 (or at least Whedon's involvement in the sequel). plus i'm not sure how it would work fully b/c it would HAVE to have movie links and lead ins. It would have to take place after Avengers, before Avengers 2. ORRRRR it could be all the pre stuff (before the Avengers are formed). i think that would be the easier and safer approach. that way you have a lot of wiggle room without affecting the outcome for A2 and by knowing what happens in A1 it gives them a direction to build to (an end in mind, in other words).

    3 years agoby @rufioFlag


    I say no Samuel L. Jackson, no show though...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  16. the Narrator

    Never had that occur to me, @the-movieghost. Nice catch!

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  17. Rudy

    Hmm as long as Samuel L. Jackson is in the show, I'm all aboard.

    3 years agoby @rudyFlag

  18. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @dan1 Been around the meme's lately ? :D

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  19. the MovieGhost

    @dan1@narrator Hah! Make that three.

    Though, I can already see the "Shield vs S.H.I.E.L.D." crap on the horizon...

    3 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  20. ROFLitschristian

    Hasn't this been established already? -.-

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  21. K.Guy

    .. go on. lol

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  22. TheDude1

    This is simply a cash grab nothing more. No interest in this at all.

    3 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  23. WongFu

    A much better idea besides it'll erase the past mistake which I kind of enjoyed.

    3 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  24. the Narrator

    Lol and agreed @dan1.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  25. CUPID

    Not sure if this would work without seeing SLJ, but it could, and its a lot better idea of doing a S.H.I.E.L.D. series than Avengers.

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  26. Dan


    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

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