by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)
2012 was a fantastic year for Joss Whedon and his ever-expanding legions of fans. Is it possible for 2013 to be even better? Many signs point to yes: There’s a sequel to “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” in the works, and “Much Ado About Nothing” will hit theaters this spring. But here at The Weekly Whedon, the thing that’s got us most excited is, of course, “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which is scheduled to begin production this month.
Jill Pantozzi, associate editor at TheMarySue.com and a Whedonite since the “Buffy” movie, also singles out “S.H.I.E.L.D.” as the project she’s most anticipating. “I’m a comic fan through and through,” says Pantozzi, “and I’m really interested in seeing how that world translates on television.”
Pantozzi admits that she was nervous when she first heard about Whedon’s return to TV, “just because of the past that superhero-type shows have had; we’ve had a few that were really great and lasted many, many years, like ‘Smallville.’ And we had others that tanked immediately. And you never know what’s going to hit with viewers in any given year.” But knowing that Joss and his kick-ass cadre of writers and producers are shepherding the project gave her hope.
Now that the characters and cast have been announced and the direction of the series is becoming a bit clearer, Pantozzi is confident that “S.H.I.E.L.D.” will succeed. “I think they’ve got the right idea to sort of build this universe that stays fairly close to the comics where readers are comfortable and familiar with certain aspects of it, but doesn’t get too much into the nitty-gritty that will possibly confuse viewers,” she says. “I think that the cast that they have is really great and I love, love, love that Ming-Na [Wen] is going to be on it.”
And nobody handles the group dynamic better than Joss Whedon. “Just the fact that it’s this rather large ensemble cast makes me feel that it is going to be very Whedon-y and that the interaction between these characters will be the type of thing that we’ve come to know and love from him,” Pantozzi says.
Like all of us at The Weekly Whedon, Pantozzi is looking forward to meeting the new “S.H.I.E.L.D.” characters. But she’s really eager to see one familiar face: “Most of all, I’m excited to see Agent Coulson again.”
Previously on The Weekly Whedon:
» Heroes of the Year: ‘Avengers’ director Joss Whedon
» Year of the Whedon: a GIF guide
» ’Firefly’ production designer takes you inside Serenity
» ’Billy the Vampire Slayer' arrives in 'Buffy' comics
» ’Firefly: Browncoats Unite’ is a labor of love
MTV News producer Tami Katzoff presents The Weekly Whedon, a column exploring all corners of the Whedonverse from "Marvel's The Avengers" to "Buffy" and beyond. Assemble your reactions in the comments section!