Joss Whedon’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.” series will feature new characters. In an interview with MTV News, Whedon said the new series would have to feature new players, despite being set in the “Avengers” movie universe.
“It’s new characters. It needs to be its own thing,” Whedon said. “It needs to be adjacent [to the MCU] but 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.'”
Whedon said the characters need to do their own thing, even though they don’t have powers. “That makes them a little bit — even though they’re a big organization — underdogs, and that’s interesting to me,” Whedon explained.
The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator will write the project with his brother Jed Whedon and Jed’s Maurissa Tancharoen. The trio will executive produce the ABC pilot alongside Jeffrey Bell and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb. Whedon will also write and direct the sequel to “The Avengers.”
“The important thing to me is that we know what the show is,” Whedon told Vulture. “We love what it is. It came together very organically, so when we went in to pitch [to Marvel], it wasn’t like, ‘We’re trying to find this because you want a TV show,’ it was, ‘Check this out.’ And that’s a good way to walk in a room.”
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Joss Whedon is co-writing, producing and possibly directing a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV pilot for ABC, Whedon spoke to Vulture a bit about the project, along with his new role with Marvel – a three-year contract tying him to them exclusively when it comes to TV and film, which not only includes writing and directing Avengers 2, but advising on all the Marvel Cinematic Universe projects.
“Explaining what made him not only sign on, but sign on in a big way, he remarked that it was the size of the role that drew him in. Said Whedon, “It was part of what made it attractive to me. I loved the idea of being a consigliere. Every writer loves the idea of being able to go in and fix a problem and then leave without obligation. It’s fun! I also love these characters and the Marvel universe, and I grew up reading the books, and I’ve been going back and reading the old books and realizing that they shaped my storytelling way more than I give them credit for. Now I’m starting up a TV show, which is something I really wanted to do, but I thought it wasn’t going to be a part of my life for the next several years. It’s like a tapas menus of projects that excite me, in addition to the Avengers sequel, which I’m excited for because I’m incredibly excited about the next story that I’m going to tell. For me, it’s a huge win.”
Whedon adds, “It is unbelievably daunting, especially because I don’t want to lose sight of all the other things I have on my docket and in my heart. So, it’s going to be an insane few years, but I feel ready for that. It’s an unholy amount of productivity, but as long as I give it all I can, it’s a good thing. What’s great is that the deal with Marvel is nonspecific, so I will give all I can, but the moment I can’t, I just walk away. The moment I say, ‘You know, I’d like to help more on this project, but I need this time for The Avengers,’ there’s no obligation. It’s not like, ‘You must spend this amount of time on this movie.’ It’s as much as it needs to be.”
- Colonel Rick Stoner – First known executive director. Assassinated by the terrorist group HYDRA.
- Colonel Nick Fury Second known executive director. Level 10 Agent. Also only known “33rd-degree” S.H.I.E.L.D. officer.
- Timothy “Dum Dum” Dugan – Third known executive director. Former Corporal of Fury’s World War II squad.
- G. W. Bridge – Fourth known executive director.
- Sharon Carter (Agent 13) – Fifth known executive director. Often detailed as liaison officer to Captain America.
- Maria Hill – Sixth known executive director. Level 9 Agent.
- Anthony Edward “Tony” Stark (Iron Man) – Seventh known executive director. Takes up position after the Civil War.
- Norman Osborn – Eighth known executive director. Takes up position after Secret Invasion. He dismantles S.H.I.E.L.D. and renames it H.A.M.M.E.R.
- Captain Steve Rogers – Ninth known executive director. Assigned as “America’s top cop” by President Barack Obama following the Siege of Asgard, the arrest of Norman Osborn, the dismantling of H.A.M.M.E.R., and the repeal of the Superhuman Registration Act.
- Daisy Johnson – Tenth known excutive director.
- Ashton – He is in charge of securing the alien spaceship of Golden Blade and Sapper.
- Ken Avery – Thirty-year veteran. A senior officer aboard the Helicarrier.
- Balaban – Serving on the Helicarrier with G. W. Bridge.
- Baker – Stationed aboard the Helicarrier.
- Ted Bailey – Stationed at front company D-Fleks Industries. Briefly carried consciousness of Jack Truman.
- Bradley Beemer – Part of the Howling Commandos monster force. He is also the Area 13 technical chief.
- Bellini – Ranking officer at the Venice, Italy, station.
- Berger – Formerly stationed in a training camp in Saudi Arabia. She accompanied Nick Fury to investigate a base in the Middle East.
- Bill – Partner of Joe. He picked up Agent L’s microfilm from unnamed agents, but blew up his own car to stop HYDRA agents. Yet to be confirmed whether he survived or not.
- Sally Blevins (Skids) – A mutant who is an undercover agent infiltrating two factions of Morlocks. Recruited after M-Day.
- Boothroyd – Administrator in charge of personal effects department. Probable transfer from MI-6. Could also be a reference to Major Boothroyd, the equipment officer, “Q”, in the James Bond movie series.
- Abigail Brand – Head of S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient World Observation and Response Department), a subdivision of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Bubba – Member of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Alpha Team.
- Barth Bukowski – Regional Director in Los Angeles.
- Carla Smith – Nick Fury’s appointment secretary.
- Joanie “Nails” Eaton – Member of the Elite Agents.
- John Facchino – Human resources department.
- Rigby Fallon – Boy genius in the Artificial Intelligence division. Wrote most of the programs for latter-day Helicarrier.
- E.B. Farrell – Weapons expert for the Elite Agents. Calls himself “The Kid”.
- Fisher – Helicarrier technician.
- Gerrard – Field agent for the Foreign Affairs office.
- Giulietta – Technician at the Venice, Italy, station.
- Herrick Goldman – Among group of renegade agents attempting to take over Helicarrier for impromptu war crimes trial of KGB agent.
- Hazeltine – Intelligence agent at Central.
- Hugh Howard – Pilot and mechanic aboard Behemoth IV Helicarrier, charged with capturing Godzilla. The name is a reference to aviator, engineer, and multi-billionaire Howard Hughes.
- Jerry Hunt – Agent assigned to Scotland Yard. Former lover of Jessica Drew.
- Horatio Huxley – Ranking executive of Level 13. He was previously involved in Alpha Flight.
- Jackson – Pilot in Unit 6 of the Air Cavalry.
- Karl Janáček – Rank L-3.
- Valerie Jessup Toomes – Daughter of supervillain the Vulture.
- Johnson – Attempted to free agents from City of the Space Gods.
- Daisy Johnson – Seismic-powered “super-agent”. She is the only known agent with “Level 10” security clearance aside from Fury and the Black Widow (Natasha Romanova).
- Marcus Johnson – Son of Nick Fury. Also known as Nick Fury, Jr.
- Jones (Jonesy) – Youthful field agent involved in operations against Pantheon and Punisher.
- Gabriel “Gabe” Jones – Former private first class in Fury’s World War II squad.
- Isadore “Izzy” Cohen – Former private first class in Fury’s World War II squad. Agent of S.h.i.e.l.d.
- Dino Manelli – Former private in Fury’s World War II squad. He was Italian-American star/
- Kallebach – Field agent during investigation of assassinations at J-2 conference.
- Kelso – Pilot in Unit 6 of the Air Cavalry.
- Derek Khanata – Ex-Hatut Zeraze operative from Wakanda. He was Carmilla Black‘s carrier and the senior investigator on “Agents of Atlas” cases. After S.H.I.E.L.D. is dismantled, he later joins the group.
- Helen Kim – Agent investigating Brothers Grace crime family.
- Veronica King
- Judith Klemmer (Agent 324) – Agent charged with tracking down Baron Ludwig von Schtupf.
- Cameron Klein – Grade T-7 technician. Became field agent and helped capture supervillain Cache.
- Knockabout – Part of the “Super Agents” program in Australia. Knockabout is a double agent of HYDRA.
- Eric Koenig – German defector. He was a replacement member of the World War II Howling Commandos.
- Ali Kokmen – Interfered with Khanata in Scorpion affair.
- Bruno Kreah – Low-level engineer. He worked on the surveillance equipment used to infiltrate Datalink Systems.
- Sayuri Kyota (M-80) – Demolitions expert of the Elite Agents.
- Sidney “Gaffer” Levine – Primary ordnance inventor and gadgeteer.
- Alphonso “Mac” MacKenzie – Senior liaison officer to CIA.
- Dr. MacLain – High-ranking scientist who is a seminal adamantium researcher.
- Kirby Martell – S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist. She operated a captured neo-Nazi time machine.
- Chastity McBryde – Squad leader. Fought against Elektra and other rogues that S.H.I.E.L.D. suspected to be Elektra’s accomplices.
- Tony Masters – An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who would go on to become the Taskmaster. Because of his abilities, Masters has forgotten his S.H.I.E.L.D. past and unknowingly works as an undercover agent.
- Chris McCarthy – Low-level agent. He was the first to wear Henry Pym‘s 2006 Ant-Man suit.
- Eric O’Grady (Ant-Man) – Third known Ant-Man.
- Jake Oh – Field operative stationed at Weapon Plus Headquarters.
- Kara Lynn Palamas (Agent 33) – Researcher; recruited Hercules for operation against Ares and Warhawks.
- Jeffery Parks – Infiltrated City of the Space Gods. He was reduced to basic matter.
- Paulo – Technician at Venice station.
- Alexander Goodwin Pierce – Sometime personal aide/bodyguard to Fury.
- Mr. Postal – Mission coordinator for cyborg agents.
- Clay Quartermain – Former liaison officer of “Hulkbusters” Hulk-hunting operations of U.S. Armed Forces. Supervisor for Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos. Level 8 agent. Stated in transcripts of Nick Fury’s “Secret Files” in Secret War.
- Cliff Randall – Pilot. He later learned he was an extraterrestrial.
- Red (Agent 1-16)
- Steve Rogers (Captain America) – Has regularly undertaken missions for S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Jack Rollins – Infiltrated Roxxon for the uncovered Delta program, the catalyst for Deltite Affair.
- Natasha Romanova (Black Widow) – First known Black Widow. Level 10 agent. One of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s top agents.
- Colonel Michael “Mickey” Rossi – Former lover of Carol Danvers.
- Gail Runciter – Trained alongside Wendell Vaughn. She was temporarily replaced by a Deltite.
- Sam – Stationed at Central’s barbershop entrance.
- Ayna Sareva – Assisted Khanata in Scorpion affair.
- Constance Seagrum – Pilot of Unit 6’s Air Cavalry.
- Tia Senyaka – Investigated the death of Agent Harlan, who had died in car accident.
- Simon – Communication officer on the Helicarrier.
- Captain Simon
- Gerald “Silcon” Simms – A member of the Elite Agents, with liquid-metal cybernetic arms.
- Jakuna Singh – Brother of Sarapha. Killed by Damiru
- Jasper Sitwell – Interrogator. Former interim executive director and former liaison to Tony Stark and Iron Man. Nick Fury’s “Secret Files” in Secret War lists Sitwell as a Level 5 interrogator and a Level 5 agent in most transcripts. For two, he is listed as Level 8.
- Dwight Stanford – Rank L-3.
- Angel Tarnaki – Air Cavalry. She brought in X-Force to reveal history of Dr. Constantin Racal and Niles Roman.
- Kimberly Taylor – One of the last agents trained by Nick Fury. Assigned by G. W. Bridge to protect the Rev. William Connover.
- Teresa – Fury’s personal secretary.
- Jack Truman (Agent 18/Deathlok) – Third known Deathlok cyborg.
- Colonel Nate Thurman – Chief administration officer for Helicarrier repairs. Among group of renegade agents attempting to take over Helicarrier for impromptu war crimes trial of KGB agent.
- Samantha Twotrees – Turncoat working with rogue agent Inali Redpath.
- Steven Tyler – Infiltrated City of the Space Gods. He was reduced to basic matter.
- Wendell Vaughn (Quasar) – Became the superhero Quasar during a security assignment.
- Kali Vries – Former lover of John Walker. She infiltrated S.T.A.R.S. (Superhuman Tactical Activities Response Squad).
- Seth Waters – Administrator for Washington, D.C.’s bureau.
- Warden – Lead ESP telepath stationed at telepathic amplifier.
- Commander Jonas Williams – Led taskforce to apprehend AWOL agent, Sharon Carter.
- Sam Wilson (Falcon) – Superhero and Avengers member the Falcon.
- Jimmy Woo (Yellow Claw) – Former FBI agent who fought Yellow Claw and later hunted Godzilla. Level 3 interrogator and Level 5 agent (two transcripts of Nick Fury’s “Secret Files” in Secret War list Jimmy Woo as a Level 8 agent).
- Larry Young – S.H.I.E.L.D. Air Cavalry officer. Later, fourth known Deathlok cyborg.
After the Civil War, all super-heroes that fought on the Pro-registration side of the conflict are now agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Val Adair – Rank L-5; expelled.
- Agent 9 – Rogue agent who took over the Helicarrier for the Red Skull. Agent 9 was later killed.
- Paul Allen – Rank L-6 agent. He was expelled from S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Harry Angstrum – Records-division agent. He was devoured by Biohazard.
- Dr. Belgrade – Chief scientist in charge of Nemesis project. He was killed by his own creations.
- Black Widow (Yelena Belova) – Second known Black Widow.
- Cameron Bissett – Ensign who was killed by Sabretooth. He was later impersonated by Mystique.
- John Bronson – Killed and identity taken by Wolfgang von Strucker.
- Laura Brown – Daughter of Imperial Hydra (Arnold Brown) and one-time lover of Nick Fury.
- Peggy Carter – Rank L-6; deceased.
- Stanley Carter (Sin-Eater) – Became the Sin-Eater and killed Jean DeWolff.
- Colonel Kuro Chin (Agent 60) – Colonel in the Yashonka military. Shot dead helping Captain America escape from that Communist country.
- Clayton Claymore – Cyborg. Died on mission to El Corazon de la Muerte.
- Edward Cobert (Gargantua) – Became the Leviathan when his project went wrong.
- Jeff Cochren – Rank L-5; deceased.
- Condor – On black-ops team the Contingency. Turned rogue and was captured.
- Corbin – Surveillance. He was later assigned inventory duty at Virginia storage center. Killed by an undercover A.I.M. agent.
- Edwin Darwin – Cyborg. Died on a mission to El Corazon de la Muerte
- Alex DePaul – Led investigation of Deviant warlord Tantalus. Friend of Bison. Killed by agent Kara Palamas.
- Karl Delandan – Regional Director in Manhattan. He was dismissed from S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Phil Dexter – Retired.
- Roger Dooley – Level 4 officer who usurped Dum Dum Dugan’s rank and used the Helicarrier to capture She-Hulk. He was killed.
- David Ferrari (Answer) – Toxic-weapons division at the Furnace. He was thought dead, but was later revealed alive and known as Answer.
- Marvin Flumm (Mentallo) – Psi-division. After being discharged, he became Mentallo.
- John Garrett – Cybernetically enhanced agent, known for his lack of discipline. Later becomes the President of the United States of America by the unwanted help of Elektra, who put his mind into the body of the (fictional) President Ken Wind, in order to save the world.
- Lt. Tom Gittes – Auxiliary CO and security chief on the Helicarrier. He was among the group of renegade agents attempting to take over Helicarrier for impromptu war crimes trial of KGB agent. He was killed by agent Thurman.
- Dr. Erik Gorbo – Scientist. He changes form into that of a gorilla to commit crimes.
- Hardcase and the Harriers – Mercenaries who are former agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Margaret Huff – Nick Fury’s personal secretary. She reassigned to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Los Angeles branch where she died investigating a cult.
- Brent Jackson – Betrayed S.H.I.E.L.D. and was a mole for Weapon X.
- Major Shera Joseph – Los Angeles branch member who headed the task force in Imaya. Joined Worldwatch and died of time-travel fatigue.
- Sal Kennedy – Old friend of Tony Stark’s, took the position when he became director, killed in an attack on the Helicarrier
- Killdeer – On black-ops team the Contingency. Turned rogue and was captured.
- Kite – On black-ops team the Contingency. Turned rogue and was captured.
- Kevin Kraller – Rank L-6; deceased.
- Jeremy Latcham – Double agent for the Purifiers. He was self-terminated.
- Niles Lawrence – Rank L-6; deceased.
- Shannon Lawrence – Undercover agent exposed to mutating virus giving her ability to shoot knives from her fingers. She was killed.
- Elizabeth Lockhart – High-ranking budget officer. Leaked information to the Punisher; liquidated by the Contessa.
- James “Jamie” Madrox (Multiple Man) – One of several duplicates of Jamie Madrox (Multiple Man). He was re-absorbed by the original Madrox.
- Adam Manna – Rank L-6; expelled.
- Barbara Morse (Mockingbird) – Rank L-6 agent. She resigned from S.H.I.E.L.D. She was later killed by Mephisto. Barbara was revealed to be alive and replaced by a Skrull.
- Danielle Moonstar – Undercover agent within the Mutant Liberation Front. She resigned following Operation: Zero Tolerance.
- David Nanjiwarra – Aboriginal agent of A.S.I.O.. He was used as a mole and subsequently killed by Scorpio.
- “Network” Nina – Cyber-enhanced ESP agent that fought Algernon Crowe. She was killed in telepathic battle with Psi-Borg.
- Kate Neville – Chief of Ordnance and former lover of Nick Fury. She was killed by Baron Strucker.
- Arthur Perry – Unscrupulous killer who made it into a S.H.I.E.L.D.- program for cybernetically enhanced “super agents”. Was later killed by Elektra.
- Kitty Pryde – Member of the X-Men known as Shadowcat. She was recruited as an intern and then a member of Excalibur.
- Dave Purcell – Killed with girlfriend and identity taken by HYDRA at academy graduation ceremony.
- Pyle – Surveillance-team leader. He was later assigned inventory duty at Virginia storage center where he was killed.
- Rapture – Leader of the black-ops team the Contingency. Rapture’s a low-level telepath.
- Inali Redpath – Cherokee shaman with ability to control weather. He turned rogue and used S.H.I.E.L.D. to attack U.S. to reclaim land for the Native Americans.
- Richard Rennselaer – Field agent (L-6); resigned.
- Frank Rhodes – Quit S.H.I.E.L.D. and eventually became an ally of Cable. Killed by D’Von Kray, a New Canaanite warrior.
- Buck Richlen – Rank L-5; expelled.
- Nathaniel Richards
- Rico Santana – Rank L-3; expelled.
- Heather Sante – Charged by Iron Man to keep an eye on Mar-Vell.
- Simon – Double agent for Tantalus. He was killed by Pandara.
- Shrike – Member of the black-ops team the Contingency. He turned rogue and was captured.
- John “Skul” Skulinowski – Team leader of the Elite Agents.
- Eugene Spandell – Cyborg. He died on mission to El Corazon de la Muerte.
- Howard Stark
- SULTAN – Former weapons designer and computer and code expert.
- Mitchell Tanner – As Warhawk, he was conscripted to serve as a temporary agent in exchange for reducing his sentence.
- Neal Tapper – Formerly involved with Sharon Carter. He was killed in an explosion.
- Kate Waynesboro – Monitored Bruce Banner following Banner’s presidential pardon.
- William Wesley – Test pilot who volunteered to test the quantum bands, which overloaded and killed him.
- Blue Streak – Member of the first Super Agents program. He was a double agent for the Corporation. Assassinated by Scourge of the Underworld.
- Wendell Vaughn (Marvel Boy) – Member of the first Super Agents program. He later became known as “Quasar”. Legally dead, he is now an energy construct made of living, solidified light.
- Texas Twister – Member of the first Super Agents program. Quit S.H.I.E.L.D. to form his own team, the Rangers.
- Vamp – Member of the first Super Agents program. Professional criminal who is a double agent for the Corporation. Became “Animus”. Killed by Scourge.
- Ivory – Wakandan native in the second Super Agents program. She was killed by HYDRA double agents.
- Knock-About – HYDRA double agent. Imprisoned by Nick Fury.
- Psi-Borg – Cybernetically enhanced Latverian. She is a charter member of the second Super Agents program. Revealed as a HYDRA double agent and was killed in telepathic battle with “Network” Nina.
- Violence – She was revealed as a HYDRA double agent in the Super Agents program. Killed by Nick Fury.
As revealed in the 2010 series S.H.I.E.L.D.:
And that is just the list of the regular S.H.I.E.L.D this list doesnt Even include ULTIMATE S.H.I.E.L.D, huge room for development and even more room for more creation. When asked, “How does it feel to finally be working on a project that may very well get the biggest promotional push of any TV show ever and will most likely not air on a Friday?”
Whedon replied with a laugh, “You know, I can’t guarantee that any of that will happen! But so far, it feels just fine. The important thing to me is that we know what the show is. We love what it is. It came together very organically, so when we went in to pitch [to Marvel], it wasn’t like, We’re trying to find this because you want a TV show, it was, Check this out. And that’s a good way to walk in a room.”
Whedon also remarked, “Good support is wonderful, but it’s not a hill of beans, because they may give us all this support and then decide, ‘Eh. Yeah, it’s Friday.’ They might give us all the support and then not do that, but then audiences might go, ‘Yeahhh … no.’ You just can’t be sure. What I do know is that it’s the show it should be, and we’ve got some really dope notions. It’s going to work very well for people who either love the Marvel universe or for people who’ve never dipped a toe in the Marvel universe.”
You can read more of Whedon’s conversation over at Vulture
Stay Tuned for more as it unfolds
Joss Whedon to Co-write and possibly direct the pilot
Deadline broke the big news, revealing S.H.I.E.L.D. has officially been given a green light for a pilot by ABC. Joss Whedon will co-write the pilot and possibly direct it as well. Writing with him will be his brother, Jed Whedon and Jed’s wife, Maurissa Tancharoen. Jed Whedon and Tancharoen wrote Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog with Joss Whedon and another brother, Zack Whedon, and were most recently writers on Spartacus.
Executive producing along with the Whedon brothers and Tancharoen will be Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell. Bell is another former Whedon collaborator, having been the showrunner on Angel in its final seasons – making it likely he could serve as showrunner on S.H.I.E.L.D. if it gets a series pickup. (Whedon will be a bit too busy prepping Avengers 2 to serve in that capacity, one would assume)
The project had been in the works at Marvel TV and ABC Studios for some time. Earlier this month, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that it had signed an exclusive film and TV deal with Joss Whedon, which included him writing and directing The Avengers sequel and develop a live-action series for Marvel TV and ABC, both owned by Disney.
I hope all of you comic Nerds are as excited as this comic nerd! With the pilot already greenlit, it’s looking very possible that S.H.I.E.L.D., should it get a series order (and Knowing ABC they will…), would possibly be on the schedule for fall 2013. This is just my estimated guess for the Airing season, But stay tuned in for more updates as they come in!