Marvel's "S.H.I.E.L.D." series is getting closer and closer to reality. With the anticipated pilot wrapping production last week, Joss Whedon expressed excitement about the themes that the series will address.
"I’m excited about the show because it’s a very hopeful show," Whedon told TVLine. "It’s not about murder, and it’s not about crime, and it’s not people looking into their own belly buttons. It’s about people who are trying to help each other, and that’s one of the things I loved about comic books. They had costumes and the villains were cool [but] they stood for something, and I like doing a show that does that."
While the series takes place in the Marvel universe, it has been reported that the series itself will remain focused on the intelligence agency's core characters. However, should the series get picked up for a series order and given that Disney owns both ABC and Marvel, Whedon confirms there have been talks about bringing some of the more superheroic characters in for cameos, but maintains "right now, I want to involve people in the characters that we’ve created for the show and then we’ll worry about the other stuff."
"We’re trying very hard to be true to [Marvel's] ethos and also to the structure of their universe. So it is definitely a Marvel show," he continued.
The cast includes Clark Gregg returning as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, and Chloe Bennet as Skye. Whedon directed the pilot which he co-wrote with brother Jed and Maurissa Tancharoen. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watch "The Avengers" for the 57th time.