by Ryan Rigley
Thanks in large part to the immense success of "Marvel's The Avengers," Whedonites will be happy to know that Joss Whedon is returning to television in the near future. Effective as of yesterday, the "Avengers" director has now been tasked with the responsibilities of writing and creating a "S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot, set to air on ABC. Production on "S.H.I.E.L.D." will begin immediately, with Joss the Boss himself possibly attached to direct.
With that said, we thought it'd be fun to compile a dream cast for "S.H.I.E.L.D." strictly comprised of Whedon and (where relevant) Marvel alumni. Read on for our picks!
Maria Hill - Cobie Smulders
Maria Hill has always played an important role in the S.H.I.E.L.D. hierarchy, often times taking charge in Nick Fury's absence. Being as Fury will most likely be absent for much of the show, what better character to claim the spotlight? Obviously, Smulders is currently tied up with "How I Met Your Mother" but maybe they can lease her out as a recurring guest star, with series regular potential once the show's over?
Dum Dum Dugan - Anthony Head
Picture Giles from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" with a big red mustache and bowler hat. Awesome, isn't it? Dum Dum Dugan made his big screen debut in "Captain America: The First Avenger." However, unlike Cap, Dugan wasn't fortunate enough to be frozen in a block of ice for several decades, so we'd suggest having this Dum Dum descended from the one we've already met. (Alternately, we could have super old man Dum Dum, with Neal McDonough aged via makeup. It could work!)
Gabe Jones - Ron Glass
Another surviving member of Nick Fury's original team of Howling Commandos, Gabe Jones was the first African American to serve in an integrated U.S. Army unit during World War II. He's had his fair share of differences with S.H.I.E.L.D. in the past, retiring on more than one occasion. Ron Glass, better known as Shepherd Book, has already proved that he has what it takes to play a pacifist. Now let's see him as an older version of Jones, a badass, retired S.H.I.E.L.D. agent kicking in some HYDRA teeth when necessary.
Sharon Carter - Eliza Dushku
She's been on "Buffy," she's been on "Dollhouse," why wouldn't she be on "S.H.I.E.L.D."? It's no secret that Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku enjoy working with one another. So why wouldn't he cast her in the important role of Sharon Carter, the niece of Peggy Carter and Captain America's sometimes girlfriend. Of course, Carter is very likely in the mix for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" with three other actresses vying for the part. We recommend Marvel consider an actress who wouldn't mind carrying on the Carter role on television — someone like Dushku!
The Vision - Clark Gregg
Although Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige has already publicly denounced the idea of Agent Coulson making his triumphant return to the silver screen as the synthezoid known as The Vision, he never mentioned anything about that triumphant return happening on the television screen! Let's face it, Agent Coulson is the only other S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, besides Nick Fury, that most fans ever remember or care about. It doesn't make any sense not to bring him back from the dead in some way, shape or form!
Bonus: Agents Sitwell & Blake - Maximiliano Hernández and Titus Welliver
The former has already appeared in full-scale Marvel movies. Both of them appear in "Item 47." It makes perfect sense to include these already established S.H.I.E.L.D. agents on the "S.H.I.E.L.D." show, especially if Coulson, Fury and Hill are unavailable.
Who do you want to see on the "S.H.I.E.L.D." series? Let us know your picks in the comments section or hit us up on Twitter!