It was revealed earlier this month that Joss Whedon had signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios to, among other things, help develop a new live action series for Marvel Television at ABC. Today, Deadline has revealed that, now greenlit by ABC, the series will be titled “S.H.I.E.L.D.” and will focus on the top secret defense organization featured throughout the Marvel cinematic universe.
Whedon will write the pilot alongside his brother, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen (who previously worked with Whedon on “Dollhouse” and “Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”). All three will also join Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb as executive producers. The site notes that Whedon may also direct the pilot, but that nothing is confirmed at this time.
It remains to be seen which, if any, actors and/or characters from the Marvel Studios films are planned to appear on the show, though it’s very likely that “S.H.I.E.L.D” will have direct ties to future Marvel Studios cinematic entries, including the Whedon scripted and directed Marvel’s The Avengers 2, set for release on May 1, 2015.
As always, check back for more details as they become available.