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Joss Whedon Laughs At $100 Million Avengers 2 Salary Rumor, Celebrates SHIELD Pickup With Family

Oh hey, here’s your first look at the cast of the newly picked-up Agents of SHIELD from ABC. 

We were just waiting for the official confirmation on the SHIELD news but when it came, it came with some bonus features! The image above features the main cast led by Clark Gregg but here’s your official SHIELD shield.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “ABC will start a major marketing push for the high-profile project with a sizable built-in fan base Sunday, May 12, airing a first look at 8 p.m. ahead of the season finale of Once Upon a Time.”

In other Whedon/Marvel news, the director recently had to refute some outlandish rumors about his impending payday for The Avengers sequel. Deadline reported negotiations were slow going because, “Whedon reportedly has a ‘really rich deal’ worth an astronomical $100M for a combination of product and services including several pics, consulting work, a put pilot at ABC, and many other elements that effectively take him off the marketplace for years and years, one source tells me.”

Whedon decided it was not only neccessary to refute that claim, but make a joke out of it at the same time. He poste on Whedonesque:

Hi guys.

I was going to let it slide, but I’ve got this sour taste in my mouth. (Mmmm, lemonade!). Some facts are not facts. I’m not going to go into the whole thing, but jeepers, I’m not getting $100 mil on Avengers 2. If I were, I would come on this site and laugh and laugh and laugh. I’m not making Downey money. I’m making A LOT, which is exciting. I’m not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts. A few other things about me that have been “reported” that people should take with a grain of salt:

That I throw wild Hollywood parties where everyone is naked and dancing and wild and I remember to serve enough snacks.

That I can get a movie greenlit by sighing and staring into the middle distance.

That I ate a unicorn and made it winter for three years.

That I “can write.”

Well, that’s a load off. Sorry to get so personal — the whole thing’s a bit tawdry. But honestly, it bugged me. I’m off for a nice juicy steak. There’s a place downtown that does it with rosemary butter, it tastes just like unico — like a steak.

BYE-ee! J.

Oh and if you’d like to know how the Whedon family celebrates a series pickup, check out this hilarious Vine posted by Jed Whedon of himself, Maurissa Tancharoen and Joss.

(via Geekosystem, MTV Splash Page)

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  • Anna Sophia May

    Joss is the best.

  • Anonymous

    Glad to see there’s half and half female/male characters. Disappointed there are no people of color…hopefully there will be more main characters once the show opens? Other then that, AHHHH MY GOD JUST LET ME SEE THIS ALEADY!! And, any rumors of it being put online, like Hulu? I do not have cable anymore (I was going to put a sad face at the end of that sentence, but then I remembered how much I hate cable…)

  • Kay Livingston

    Ming-Na Wen is natively from Macau and Chloe Bennet is half-Chinese, so that’s two starring actresses with Asian background. J. August Richards, a black actor, and Arlene Santana, a Latina actress, are also on the IMDB cast list, although their roles and whether or not they’ll be major isn’t known yet.

  • Kay Livingston

    Buzzfeed said the SHIELD TV show would be an hour long. AN HOUR LONG SHIELD TV SHOW ON A WEEKLY BASIS? BE STILL MY MCU-LOVING HEART.

  • Anonymous

    It’s on ABC so you won’t need cable to watch it… and I believe ABC is part of the Hulu coalition. So you should be fine to watch it in the fall :)

  • Anonymous

    I am pleasently surprised to be wrong :)

  • Anonymous

    I hope so! *crosses fingers*

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Pffft, I confess I wasnt sure what to make of Whedon since the things ive heard about him were rather exagerated (even moreso than those examples) But its fun to discover someone in the business with such a sense of humor. ^^

    As for the S.H.I.E.L.D itself, getting okayed was a given. The real challenge will be keeping it around because even if it is a marvel universe tied series, poor ratings could still sink it if it doesnt become a large enough hit to justify production costs.

    On the plus side though, the show probably has at least two seasons garanteed if just for the sake of Avengers 2′s eventual release.

  • Magic Xylophone

    “That I throw wild Hollywood parties where everyone is naked and dancing and wild and I remember to serve enough snacks.”

    Yeah, that one’s definitely not true. They ran out of shrimp after the first hour! I was starving.

  • Lisa Still Smouldering

    DUDE, you didnt recognize Gunn?? For shame! ^_~

    Glad to see a Whedonverse person pop up! (Clark doesn’t count, even tho he was ‘dead’)