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Clark Gregg will appear in the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” show

Joss Whedon is working on a “S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV series for Disney, which is wonderful news because Joss Whedon generally makes enjoyable television shows. (He’s not going to be running every aspect of the show, though, because he has that “Avengers” sequel to write and direct between now and May 2015.)

And now the first actor has been cast in the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot: Clark Gregg, the actor who tied together the various “Avengers” prequels (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America”). This has been very big news on the Internet, because (SPOILER ALERT, INSOMUCH AS YOU CAN SPOIL THE THIRD-BIGGEST MOVIE IN HISTORY) Clark Gregg’s character died in “The Avengers.”

Of course, people are running with the “Agent Coulson lives!” shtick online because we have no real idea how the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” show will sync up with the on-screen universe depicted in “The Avengers” and the other movies. (It will likely exist in the same universe without the same actual characters appearing much, if at all, based on what has been reported thus far.) Nobody is saying that Clark Gregg’s character will be resurrected for the TV show and that he will play the lead and that his character’s death never really happened or something. They are merely saying he will reprise his character.

There are a lot of ways this could happen! Clark Gregg could appear in a video recording his character made before dying. Clark Gregg could appear as Agent Coulson’s twin brother, Agent Gil Coulson. Clark Gregg could appear and matter-of-factly explain to the show’s actual leads that he’s an agent with S.H.I.E.L.D. and now he’s off to attend to the story happening in “Iron Man,” because maybe the show precedes the movie chronology or something. Nobody knows! But at least we know that Clark Gregg will appear in something, which is good, because Clark Gregg is a welcome presence in most things.

Joss Whedon and Marvel are making a “S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV show

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.

Joss Whedon will make “The Avengers 2,” develop Marvel TV series

Okay so OBVIOUSLY you already know this news because it broke on Tuesday and it made the rounds very quickly and by this morning you were tired of the news, you had already heard the news and processed the news and wanted new news, but at the same time I wanted to comment on this for obvious reasons: Joss Whedon has signed up to write and direct another “Avengers” movie. And there’s more!

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Joss Says Thanks

I’ve thought, “maybe I’m over; maybe I’ve said my piece”. But never with fear. Never with rancor. Because of y’all. Because you knew me when. If you think topping a box office record compares with someone telling you your work helped them through a rough time, you’re probably new here. (For the record, and despite my inhuman distance from the joy-joy of it: topping a box office record is super-dope. I’m an alien, not a robot.)

So this is me, saying thank you. All of you. You’ve taken as much guff for loving my work as I have for over-writing it, and you deserve, in this our time of streaming into the main, to crow. To glow. To crow and go “I told you so”, to those Joe Blows not in the know.

Joss Whedon was — until very, very recently (as in over the weekend) — primarily known as the creator of entertainment beloved by small but devoted band of weirdos, oddballs, freaks, geeks, maniacs and zealots. These entertainments weren’t meant solely for these people — after all, no television network pays for a show with the goal of airing a critically-acclaimed cult hit that gets canceled after 14 episodes — but they were consumed by this crowd, very often only this crowd, the same people that have long supported and championed him.

Whedon’s adaptation of “The Avengers” — a movie steeped in all of the elements that have become his trademark, a film soaked through with his wit and inventiveness, a movie that seems to be hitting a very particular cultural nerve due to his particular gifts, a movie it is hard (if not impossible) to imagine coming from another storyteller — is now a huge, record-shattering behemoth, a phenomenon of pop culture en route to earning a billion dollars. So he took the time to post a message on the fan site that bears his name, thanking the devoted and the faithful for supporting his various cult hits, doomed shows and online forays. (And to plug his forthcoming adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing.” But mostly to say thanks.)

Movie Review: “The Avengers” is The Perfect Comic Book Adaptation

The biggest questions facing “The Avengers” dealt with its very premise: Could it work? Could a movie gathering these superheroes work as a quasi-standalone piece of entertainment, or would the different actors and universes colliding wind up making a disjointed mess? The “Iron Man” movies were built around Robert Downey, Jr.’s charisma, while “Captain America” (starring Chris Evans) and “Thor” (starring Chris Hemsworth) served to introduce the worlds and distinct storylines of their heroes.

Adapting “The Avengers” for the big screen is a daunting prospect, because there is such a long and convoluted history, and because you have to pick the characters and the stories that can make it to the big screen. That should have been enough of a challenge. But Marvel decided to make “The Avengers” as its own movie and also as a follow-up, of sorts, to five other films. “The Avengers” has to work as a movie, “The Avengers” has to work as a comic book adaptation and “The Avengers” has to work in the same universe as all of those different movies.

And this movie definitely, undeniably works. It works as well as anyone could have hoped. “The Avengers” is more than the purest comic book adaptation brought to the big screen so far and it is more than Marvel’s best movie. It is the perfect comic book movie. Continue reading

Cobie Smulders is joining “The Avengers”

Cobie Smulders, the least-famous of the five actors on “How I Met Your Mother,” is set to join Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers.” She will essentially be Samuel L. Jackson’s sidekick in this film and multiple other Marvel films, something Jackson let slip on Jimmy Fallon’s show last week.

Hey, I’m all for Smulders becoming more famous. For one thing, check out that name: Cobie Smulders. She’s also an incredibly game and charming performer on “HIMYM,” and no matter how grating the show became at times, her character never became unlikable. At least some of that is because of her zeal and likability as a performer. But she has lagged in fame behind her costars Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan and even Josh Radnor (who wrote and directed his own movie). I’m still bewildered the show has been on for six seasons and she hasn’t gotten more roles in mainstream films. Becoming a token female character in “The Avengers” isn’t a huge step forward, but it’s something, and it can only raise her profile for the future.

She joins Scarlett Johansson as one of two women in a cast that already includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg. Smulders beat out several other young actresses, including Morena Baccarin, who will star on “V” until it is canceled later this spring and before that starred on Whedon’s “Firefly.”

New “Buffy” movie might actually happen, for some reason

So this new “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” movie we’ve been threatened with might actually happen. They hired a writer and everything, and her name is Whit Anderson. She makes the ubiquitous reference to “Batman Begins” as a touchstone for reviving a franchise, but this still seems wildly unnecessary. This isn’t like Superman or something, where you need to revive it because there are billions of dollars on the table. This was a property that worked very, very well as a TV show with a set series of creative personnel on both sides of the camera, and as the 1992 movie debacle showed, it’s a property that works only in a specific context.

Joss Whedon, who is busy prepping “The Avengers” for 2012, sent an e-mail to E! saying a lot of funny things but basically admitting that it sucks, but nothing can be done:

“This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths—just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself….

I don’t love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I’m also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly.”

So there’s that.