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Joss Whedon Has Chosen Who Will Be In ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Superhero fans have been speculating which Marvel characters will be featuring in Joss Whedon’s new S.H.I.E.L.D. series on ABC. Will any of the characters from The Avengers have key roles (or at least play a small part? Will he populate the show will those connected with S.H.I.E.L.D. through the years? Or will he create new characters? We now know the answer. 

TV Line has details from the pilot which include the main characters that will eventually be cast. They are:

  • Skye: This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident – with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.
  • Agent Grant Ward: Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.
  • Agent Althea Rice: Also known as “The Calvary,” [sic] this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.
  • Agent Leo Fitz and Agent Jemma Simmons: These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.

If those names don’t sound familiar to you it’s because they’ve never existed in Marvel comics or their film franchises. Yup, Whedon and Co. are going with completely new characters. It’s not surprising, and there’s nothing to say they won’t bring in people we know to mix with this cast, but I’m sure it will annoy some fans. I’m happy to see a generous representation of females (not that I was worried) and now I’m speculating who this non-Agent Skye will be. Also of note, none of these descriptions specifically specify any superpowers.

No word who will be cast in these roles but you could probably bet money on at least one Whedonverse actor getting special consideration. TV Line writes, “Whedon is tentatively set to direct the pilot; he’s also slated to write the series with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.

(via TVLine)

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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."