Joss Whedon to Develop New Marvel Comics TV Series

By: Jase Peeples

Comic geeks rejoice!

The first live-action series from Marvel TV has been revealed and it’s totally nerd-gasm worthy.

Newsarama reports ABC has officially ordered a pilot based on S.H.I.E.L.D. – yes, the very same law-enforcement agency that has been at the center of Marvel’s blockbuster films. What makes this announcement even better is the fact that the series will be based in the same universe the interconnected movies take place and Avengers director Joss Whedon has not only been tapped to develop the show, but could direct the pilot as well if his schedule permits.

Whedon will be writing the pilot along with the same husband and wife duo who collaborated with him on fan-favorite projects such as Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog—his brother Jed and Maurissa Tancharoen.

Production is on track to begin immediately on S.H.I.E.L.D., while a second possible series based on the Hulk is reportedly in development at ABC as well.

Additional details are sparse; however, Variety recently reported that Whedon stated his S.H.I.E.L.D. series would be mostly “autonomous” from the Avengers sequel scheduled to arrive in theatres in 2015.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t rule out guest appearances from any of the characters who portrayed S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the various Marvel movies, including Samuel L. Jackson as director Nick Fury.

Given Whedon’s inclusion of queer characters in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, we’re keeping our fingers crossed S.H.I.E.L.D. enlists an out and proud agent soon.  

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