Joss Whedon Talks <i>S.H.I.E.L.D.</i> TV Series: 'It's New Characters'

We might not be seeing The Avengers 2 until 2015, but we'll see Joss Whedon's work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before that time. The director is going to have his hands busy developing ABC's recently greenlit S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, and that's got Whedonites pretty excited.

In an interview with MTV News, Whedon said he's "very far" in the process of making the show, with a "full framework, a full cast" and a full pitch that ABC has already picked up. He also said the series will introduce characters we haven't met before.

"It's new characters. It needs to be its own thing," Whedon said. "It needs to be adjacent [to the MCU] you don't want to do a show where you're constantly going, 'Iron Man just left, but he was totally here a minute ago.' You want them to go off on their own thing and say, 'Well, what has S.H.I.E.L.D. got that the other heroes don't have?'"

He continued, "Part of that, to me, is that they're not superheroes, but they live in that universe. That makes them a little bit -- even though they're a big organization -- underdogs, and that's interesting to me."

That is similar to what Whedon has said in the past about the project, although it's exciting to know he already has his group of characters picked out. Whedon works best when he has an ensemble (look at The Avengers and Firefly), so S.H.I.E.L.D. really does seem like the perfect launching point from which he can make a new TV series. Here's hoping he rounds up some of his regulars for the show (he already used most of them recently in Much Ado About Nothing).

Whedon will co-write S.H.I.E.L.D. with his brother, Jed Whedon (Spartacus: Vengeance), and Maurissa Tancharoen (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena), both of whom also worked on Whedon's Dollhouse series at Fox. S.H.I.E.L.D. marks Joss Whedon's return to television, where he created the critically acclaimed Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse.

Production on S.H.I.E.L.D. will begin immediately, but there are no further details regarding casting for Marvel TV's first live-action project.

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