We have heard time and time again about a possible SHIELD movie spin off, possibly featuring Nick Fury, Hawkeye or the Black Widow. I was looking forward to it, but Marvel has a jam-packed movie slate and this always seemed like a nebulous project. Now, Joss Whedon will be developing a SHIELD TV show for ABC!
ABC is now my favorite network.
Now, the early buzz doesn’t tell us exactly what the show will be about. For all we know, it could be a flashback to the origins of SHIELD and feature guys like Dum Dum Dugan. The better option is that it will feature the modern SHIELD battling terrorists and super powered foes alike. Organizations like HYDRA and AIM have connections to the greater Marvel U and also can be made in a more grounded way for TV so you can expect to see plenty of them. Beekeeper helmets are sadly a must.
Joss, I officially volunteer for this role.
Who will be the focus of the show? Hard to say. I wouldn’t expect anything more than a few appearances by Nick Fury, and we’re lucky to get anything at all from the likes of Jeremy Renner or Scarlett Johansson. And jeez, the one guy who would be perfect as a supporting cast member is sort of dead. Where’s Coulson when you need him?
Of all the SHIELD agent we’ve seen so far, this leaves one big character left: Maria Hill. If Cobie Smulders isn’t a series regular, I just give up. She has extensive experience on TV, How I Met You Mother should be ending soon, and she would fit perfectly as the coordinator of our SHIELD agents. Besides, Joss is a huge fan of her, even trying to cast her as Wonder Woman a few years back. I also have some ideas on potential recruits, so check back tomorrow for those ideas! Spoiler alert: 90% of those ideas involve Whedon casting me.
I’m happy to see Marvel and DC explore live action TV. Between this and Green Arrow, we have a lot of small screen comic goodness on the horizon.