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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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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."