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S.H.I.E.L.D. Will Be More Joss Whedon-y, Less Comic Book-y, Says Star Ming-Na

Now that the cast of Joss Whedon‘s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show is all assembled (did you think I’d stop using that joke? I won’t.), we’ve been waiting to hear more about what the show will be like. And now, courtesy of star Ming-Na, aka Agent Melinda May, we have our first clue.

Said the actress, “I don’t think he’s going to base it as much on the comic. This is going to be sort of like his own thing with Stan Lee. I’d rather take it fresh from his point of view.”

Unsurprising. Aside from Agent Coulson, the show’s main characters are all never-before-seen in Marvel comics (or movies, for that matter). And is there a more Whedonesque character than Skye, a young woman “slightly obsessed with superhero culture… [who is] edgy and can out-talk anyone with her unflappable nature“?

Ming-Na also shared her research process, which involves “watching every single thing that [Whedon has] ever done.” Jealous.

The Avengers was already pretty Whedonesque stylistically—banter a’plenty, plus the death (or “death”) of fan-favorite Coulson, even though that wasn’t Whedon’s idea—so it looks like S.H.I.E.L.D. will just be taking things to the next level.

What do you think? Are you glad that Whedon is returning more to his roots, or do you take this step away from comics as a negative? We know Ming-Na approves:

Ming-Na concluded that at the end of the day, the word “excited” doesn’t even cover her current feelings towards “S.H.I.E.L.D.”

“Ecstatic, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious — yeah, that might cover it,” she said.


(via: MTV)

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  • Anonymous

    Given the fact that the show will gather a team of really different individuals to do missions, it would tend to be Whedonesquely firefly-y (OMG all those weird neologisms, I blame you Rebecca for starting it), which is a good thing, because it guarantees delicious characters’ interactions and funny jokes. So I approve.

    Beside, I can’t imagine Whedon, who wrote comic books stories, tossing aside the comic aspects of a show that much related to the whole Marvel universe, so I’m not worried about it. As long as it doesn’t get too Dollhouse-y (which means messy, basically… so much adjectives in -y).

  • queerjock92

    That makes sense. They probably want to save any existing major existing SHIELD characters for the movies. Plus the constraints of a TV budget mean you aren’t going to be able to get too comic booky anyway.

  • Life Lessons

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *does extra big happy dance* Joss and Stan together?!?! OH Heaven! Or Asgard, depending. ;)

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Let Whedon be Whedon