‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV Series Will Not Feature Any of ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ Says Joss Whedon

The writer/producer reveals the show will center on the organization, and not the superhero characters that support it in the films.

Joss Whedon says the S.H.I.E.L.D. series is autonomous to Marvel's The Avengers
Joss Whedon says the S.H.I.E.L.D. series is autonomous to Marvel's The Avengers
Yesterday, we reported the big news that ABC has ordered a pilot for the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. Today, series creator Joss Whedon revealed that the show will be "autonomous" from Marvel's The Avengers and the sequel The Avengers 2, and that it's not a spin-off.

We first reported on the potential series last month, although it wasn't immediately clear what the show would focus on. While the report did indicate it would take place in the same world as Marvel's The Avengers, it may not feature the same superhero characters. The show will center solely on, "the activities of the top-secret S.H.I.E.L.D. espionage organization featured in The Avengers."

It was said, though, that Joss Whedon does reserve the right to throw tie-ins from the movies into the show. It still isn't known if Samuel L. Jackson will be featured in any capacity as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Nick Fury.

Joss Whedon is co-writing the pilot script with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, both of whom will serve as showrunners if the pilot is picked up to series. They will executive produce with Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell. Joss Whedon is expected to direct the pilot episode, if he can fit it into his schedule.

The series is moving fast, so it's quite possible that we will see S.H.I.E.L.D. sometime in 2013.

Sources: Variety

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  1. Glacia

    Superman81 "We will have 3 iron mans, 2 Thor, 2 CA before we have anything different." Almost as bad as 8 Batman Movies, 7 Superman movies, a few dozen iterations of live action and animated series. How about Superman has had a Lex Luthor fetish for 50 years and they're still doing that relationship every other week. At any rate this sounds different to me. It's not going to have The Avengers in it. SHIELD does have many other super agents that they could throw in. A show about a spy organization that also has the occasional superhero agent thrown in... How is that the same old boring TV?

    3 years agoby @glaciaFlag

  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I have no doubt he can make a show good with his past work, but in general, it doesn't seem needed but what the hell

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag


    @rudy I am sure that is what he will do along with Scarlett and Cobie... I am sure this is going to be really good!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag


    @dan1@narrator 100% agree!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  5. Sean

    @dan1 I have hope that this show will be good, even with out all the main cast of the Avengers being in it. Maybe there will be some cameo apppearances of the cast of the Avengers movie, that show up briefly on the show?

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. David garcia

    I wonder if Jeremy Renner would also make a cameo along with black widow in the pilot episode and and a few others.

    3 years agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  7. the Narrator

    Absolutely, @dan1. There's just no justice for the genius that he is, after all that he's accomplished. Hell, there are new talents out htere who have been around for far less time with less accomplishments under their belt that go more "benefit of the doubt" than most give Whedon. It's insanity.

    I'd be willing to be that if he ever did a Marvel "Runaways" project for television, it'd be an absolute blast AND a powerhouse. He just has that talent with him, and like you, I'll be seeing this thing regardless of popular opinion. I just hope it doesn't get cancelled, which it shouldn't seeing as how "Fux" isn't involved.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  8. Rudy

    As long as Samuel L Jackson is in it, i'm on board.

    3 years agoby @rudyFlag

  9. Rudy

    @mcleve02 I agree, he doesn't necessarily have to be there in person all the time, but I think he has to be there at least in cameos.

    3 years agoby @rudyFlag

  10. Dan

    @narrator Exactly. Whedon seems to never earn people's faith. Yeah, Dollhouse was a flop pretty much, but the rest of his body of work is superb. He could have made the show about anything/anyone in the MCU, and make it extremely entertaining. But whatever. I know I'm gonna enjoy the hell out of it.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  11. the Narrator

    Also, why are people missing the point!? There shouldn't be focus on any superhero recruiting. S.H.I.E.L.D. is a HUGE peacekeeping organization made almost entirely of regular humans. Stop trying to make this a televised Avengers show or anything related, because it's not. I'm expecting espionage, gadgets, politics, etc. Superpowers will likely appear somewhere in the show, but it should by no means be a focus for the series.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  12. the Narrator

    This is what I wanted to hear. Now, bring on the Whedon alumni for the cast! Nathan Fillion (though Castle is in the way), Amy Acker, Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk, etc.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  13. Erikajinx

    I agree bring in Smulders and the should focus to recruit new superheroes to be on the team

    3 years agoby @ErikajinxFlag

  14. ROFLitschristian

    Can we, at the very least, have Smulders in it? Pretty please, Whedon?

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  15. Dan

    Bring it. Doubters will doubt, but I have faith in Whedon, as always.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  16. Playhouse

    @superman81 I think you'll start to see that in Phase 3. I have a feeling that it'll be longer than 3 years between 'The Avengers 2' and a supposed 'Avengers 3'. I think they'll spend that time developing new characters in addition to giving us more of the established characters.

    3 years agoby @playhouseFlag

  17. Superman81

    Marvel is going to burn people out, they are constantly trying to flood the market. We don't need Marvel movies every year and we don't need a tv show about Shield. How many actual people will watch a show about Shield every week? Maybe fans but not the majority market. Marvel needs to dial it back some, making movies is fine but how bout they focus on other characters besides the avengers. We will have 3 iron mans, 2 Thor, 2 CA before we have anything different.

    3 years agoby @superman81Flag

  18. Playhouse

    Your headline doesn't match your content. "Will not" and "may not" are two distinctively different things. As for Whedon's comments, it sounded like he was saying that the show won't be bound strictly to the story they are planning for 'The Avengers 2' but doesn't rule out possibly featuring the superhero characters in guest spots. I think trying to get the film stars to guest on the show is probably the only real stumbling block in all of this.

    3 years agoby @playhouseFlag


    @felipe-11 I doubt it... I think she really wants that next step out of the shows and into the films...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  20. Replicant

    Maybe Cobie Smulders will be the star of the show?

    Any way I can't say I'm really excited about this.

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag


    as far as Samuel L. Jackson is concerned, he does not need to be there all the time, cameo him in or do voice stuff where they call over the phone to him... something! I would say not to recast Nick Fury though! This sounds like this is really moving in the right direction!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag


    ok... see DC, this is why Marvel is winning the fight... they are smart about how they do things... I can see how this may be able to work

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  23. skywise

    I think this is for the better. I think in this capacity it would be better to see SHIELDs agents doing what they do on a daily basis. Also, not every episode has to deal with the end of the world or some orginization trying to take over the world. There is a lot of room for good story telling here.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

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