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The S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot Got Filmed, So Lets Hear Joss Whedon Talk About it Some More

Well, the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot has wrapped, so now it’s just time for waiting, right? Surely there isn’t any more information on the show that we can milk out of Joss Whedon and crew, so let’s just await its inevitable greenlighting as a full series, filming, and finally… its airing on television.

Oh, who are we kidding, Whedon’s going to be answering questions about S.H.I.E.L.D. for the next year. This round, he talks about Marvel characters, Cobie Smulders, and the series’ overall tone.

As Whedon has maintained for months, the focus of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on the agents who make up the core cast of the show, and “not a ton” of characters who’ve actually appeared in Marvel comics. However, that might change after the series is greenlit. He told TVLine: “Right now, I want to involve people in the characters that we’ve created for the show,” a very sensible approach to television making. He admitted, though that “there’s a little bit of talk of [using more familiar Marvel Comics characters],” and that is certainly something that might happen as the series progresses, once the show has established its core cast.

With Agent Coulson, whose death was greatly exaggerated, firmly on board for the series, a lot of people have naturally wondered if Cobie Smulders‘ Maria Hill, herself an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. portrayed by a television actor, might appear in the series. With the renewal of Smulders’ How I Met Your Mother for a ninth season, however, she’s going to be more busy than previously anticipated. Whedon said that if they got that slim chance to put her on the show, however, that they’d take it.

Broadly, Whedon spoke about the tone of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

I’m excited about the show because it’s a very hopeful show. It’s not about murder, and it’s not about crime, and it’s not people looking into their own belly buttons. It’s about people who are trying to help each other, and that’s one of the things I loved about comic books. They had costumes and the villains were cool [but] they stood for something, and I like doing a show that does that.

Sounds good to me! Now just make it happen.

(TVLine via IGN.)

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  • Anonymous

    Personally, I thought the pilot for the SHIELD series was that short on the Avengers disc. It nailed the balance between action and comedy perfectly and it FINALLY had Jasper Sitwell, someone I’d been waiting for since the first film.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Well, he’s been around since Thor. Also, he’s in the short film “The Consultant” where he and Coulson try to talk like super-serious Dragnet agents, but reveal that really, they’re just a pair of dorks who are stupidly excited to be secret agents.

    “They want Blonsky.”
    “The Abomination!”
    “They really don’t like it when he’s called that.”

    But I agree–more Jasper Sitwell is better. I’m a little sad that we haven’t seen his name in the cast list yet. So much fun!

  • Katie Frederick

    Sitwell has been in the other movies, I know for sure he was in Thor and The Avengers, though he was a relatively minor character with only a couple lines. He was also in one of the other Marvel one-shots, The Consultant, in which he and Coulson talk in a diner. But I agree, I really hope we get more Sitwell because I LOVE him in the comics.

  • Curt Cansler

    Look I’m not asking for cameos by the whole Marvel Universe, but Wheadon loves strong female characters and the movieverse is not going to be using many of them anytime soon. So give us Carol Danvers or She-Hulk at least!

  • Andrea B

    I am super stoked about this show! Ming-Na Wen is awesome, and I am beyond happy that Coulson’s death didn’t stick :) I am slightly surprised to see that y’all cropped Maurissa right out of the picture in the header photo :/

  • Anonymous

    I think I would die of joy if they put Carol in the series. Or for that matter, Jessica Drew.

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  • Anonymous

    Hey The Mary Sue, is there any way y’all could use a picture for this article that doesn’t cut Maurissa Tancharoen out of it? I realize you don’t want to cut Joss’s head off either, but…