Joss Whedon Says the S.H.I.E.L.D. Show Will Star ‘All New Characters’

“It’s new characters. It needs to be its own thing,” said Whedon. “It needs to be adjacent [to the movies] but you don’t want to do a show where you’re constantly going, ‘Iron Man just left, but he was totally here a minute ago.’ You want them to do their own thing.”

Whedon also clarified what exactly ‘their thing’ is, “Well, what does S.H.I.E.L.D. have that the other superheroes don’t? And that, to me, is that they’re not superheroes. But they live in that universe. Even though they’re a big organization, that [lack of powers] makes them underdogs, and that’s interesting to me.”

The S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series is now in the pilot stage at ABC. 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.