When Joss Whedon signed a new deal with Marvel to write and direct “The Avengers 2” (or whatever it will be called), he also signed up to help develop a live-action Marvel TV series. (That is to say, a TV series set in the same universe as “The Avengers” and the related movies, not a TV series about Marvel.)
What would the show be about? Nobody knew! But most people figured it might have something to do with S.H.I.E.L.D., the spy organization headed up by Samuel L. Jackson in the movies. And yep, that’s exactly what is happening.
The Toldja Tribune reported on Tuesday night that ABC has ordered a pilot for “S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC, like Marvel, is owned by Disney.) Whedon will co-write the pilot with his brother, Jed, because apparently Joss Whedon has a brother named Jed Whedon, and despite my many years of Joss Whedon fandom, I had no idea that he had a brother named Jed Whedon. One more time: Jed Whedon. Anyway, Joss could also direct the pilot.
We don’t know anything else yet about the show’s premise. Will it be about lower level S.H.I.E.L.D. agents? Maybe it will be set in the S.H.I.E.L.D. cafeteria? Will Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury or any of the other stars make very rare appearances, presumably during sweeps? (I’m already imagining every episode beginning with “Okay, so we just talked to Nick Fury, and he said…” or “Man, that was a crazy fight we just had with the Hulk, am I right?”) Something else to ponder: How will it tie into the chronology and storylines of the movies, considering there are currently four interconnected but distinct film franchises (“The Avengers,” “Iron Man,” “Captain America” and “Thor,” each with at least one sequel in the pipeline, and presumably more to come) and other Marvel movies on the horizon (like 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and any other movie they might make, i.e. “Ant Man” or something)? And we also don’t know when the show will premiere.
But we do know that Joss Whedon is working on another TV series, so that’s good enough for now.