So yesterday morning you may have been shaken out of bed by an unholy rumbling as millions of fanboys around the world simultaneously nerdgasmed at the news that Joss Whedon was developing a SHIELD TV series for ABC.
All of this was of course just based on how amazing this one particular little movie was that Whedon had done earlier in the year (The Avengers, you may have heard of it?) and the fact that the new series would be spinning off of it and may even tie into its sequel.
Turns out that that may not be completely true.
Variety’s Cynthia Littleton managed to speak directly to Whedon about the project, who then proceeded to crush a million fanboy dreams with just two sentences when he revealed that the series should not be called a “spinoff” and that it was “a SHIELD thing” that’s meant to be “autonomous” from the film storylines.
Oohf. Right in the geek.
So what could this possibly mean? Well, after all the hard work Marvel has done over the last couple of years to pull their various properties together into one universe, I highly doubt that they would suddenly decide to embark on a new standalone enterprise now. All the press releases even say that this is the same organization we’ve seen in the movies thus far.
So here’s my prediction: This will be set in the same universe as the Avengers films, but it will be set at some point in the past before any of the events we’ve seen but after Captain America gets buried in the ice.
Not only would this eliminate the whole “Why isn’t The Avengers dropping by?” problem but you have to also remember that SHIELD is first and foremost an espionage organization and there was never a better time for some spy games than back in the 60’s or 70’s. Still being in the Avengers universe though means that it could be a spy series with a twist, as all sorts of comic book shenanigans get thrown into the mix. The mad science-terrorism of AIM, the cult mythology of HYDRA, the Asian mysticism of the Hand, the B-Grade kookiness of Agents of Atlas; all of these Marvel comic book groups/concepts and more would fit in quite nicely, and would also be right up Whedon’s alley.
Whatever form it takes, the question would be just how hands on Whedon will be with this. Well, while he will be executive producer and co-writing the pilot and this will basically be his idea, his co-writers and co-producers Maurissa Tancharoen and his brother Jed Whedon, will actually be serving as the showrunners, the same as they did on Joss’ Firefly. Littleton tweeted that “altho [sic] Joss reserves right to pepper in bits here and there. His bro Jed and Maurissa T. will be showrunners, he’ll just show up every now and then ‘and take credit for everything.'”
That last bit obviously being said with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
Last Updated: August 30, 2012