HOLY. FUCKING. FUCKGIRAFFES. From Deadline:
ABC has ordered a pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D, a live-action series from The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon, Marvel TV and ABC Studios. The project is based on Marvel’s peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D (which stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate) found in both the Marvel comic book and feature film universes, including the blockbuster 2012 movie The Avengers, in which S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury, recruits Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor to fstop Thor’s adoptive brother Loki from subjugating Earth.
S.H.I.E.L.D. will be written by Whedon, his bother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Joss Whedon also is set to direct the pilot, schedule permitting. Production on the pilot, which marks the first live-action Marvel TV project to get a green light, will start immediately. Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Tancharoen executive produce with Jeffrey Bell and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb.
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Besides being completely awesome, let’s break down why this is a great idea. 1) Obviously, the Marvel movie-verse is hot, and a show set there has instant recognition and a massive, built-in fan-base/audience. 2) This will likely be Joss Whedon’s most uncancelable show ever. 3) A TV series about SHIELD — the non-superpowered good guys of the Marvel universe — is obviously much cheaper than a show about a superhero or superheroes who needs constant, expensive, CG special effects. 4) That said, this is a the perfect way to introduce people to the smaller, lesser-known heroes and villains of the Marvel U. that we know the movies will never get to (although since they are making a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, anything is possible). 5) Everyone involved in this is going to make a lot of money.
Now here’s the part where I scream that Agent Coulson needs to be involved because Agent Coulson is the best. But let’s go ahead and assume I’ve done that, so I can move onto to more important reasons why it’s a great idea: 1) It instantly ties the movie-verse to the TV series. We only know three SHIELD agents by name — Nick Fury, Maria Hill, and Coulson. Sam Jackson is not gonna do TV (other than a guest appearance here and there) and Cobie Smulders is busy on How I Met Your Mother. Not only is Clark Gregg free, but he’s certainly the most popular character of the three. While it wouldn’t be absolutely necessary to directly tie the movies and the show together, it would be an instant selling point, an immediate way of proving “This show is truly part of these mega-popular movies.” 2) Clark Gregg is an experienced TV actor, having been a regular on several shows. I don’t know if he wants to abandon them to focus on his movie career now, but I’ve not heard that, so I’d think he’d be willing to do a series… especially since he’d be the star. 3) Seriously, a SHIELD TV series by Joss Whedon starring Agent Coulson… everybody wins. Clark Gregg wins, Joss Whedon wins, ABC wins, Marvel wins, fans win. No one loses in this scenario. There are plenty of ways to bring Coulson back — Life Model Decoy, a trick by Fury, comic book logic — and if Marvel keeps him on the show and out of the movies (which they don’t have to do on my account) the impact on his sacrifice in Avengers is quite minimal. 4) Also, Agent Coulson is the fucking best. I just wanted to make that abundantly clear.