Joss Whedon's record-breaking success on "Marvel's The Avengers" guaranteed his continued involvement with the Marvel Studios superhero franchise. But wait, there's more: not only is the geek icon writing and directing an "Avengers" sequel as well as overseeing the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe offerings leading up to the next reunion of Earth's mightiest heroes, Whedon is also bringing the House of Ideas to the small screen.
It's not news that Whedon has signed on to develop a television series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is news that the series will be called "S.H.I.E.L.D.," based on the shadowy organization led by Nick Fury and featured in every Marvel Studios movie to date in at least some capacity. Deadline was first with the news, reporting that ABC has ordered a pilot for "S.H.I.E.L.D." with a script to be written by Whedon himself, his brother Jed and Maurissa Tancharoen. Production will begin on the "S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot immediately, with Whedon potentially directing.
Further details surrounding the "S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot emerged during a Q&A session Whedon conducted after a screening of Mike Birbiglia's "Sleepwalk With Me" last night, as reported by Cynthia Littleton on Twitter. Whedon said that the TV show is not an "Avengers" spinoff and is "meant to be 'autonomous' to the film storylines," although he reserves the right "to pepper in bits here and there." Tancharoen and Jed Whedon will serve as showrunners, with Joss Whedon only showing up once in a while to "take credit for everything."
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