Joss Whedon is a veteran of bridging the gap between television and film, and it looks like he will be doing it again. At Comic Con Marvel announced the start of its “Phase 2” of movies, telling the public the titles of five new films. To no one’s surprise Iron Man, Thor and Captain America sequels were all ordered.
The big question was what the last couple of films would be, and much of the speculation out of the gate was that a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie was on the way. As it turns out the last two ended up being Ant Man and Guardians of the Galaxy which seemed to put any S.H.I.E.L.D. franchise out of the picture.
Not so fast, says EW.com, according to them a S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot was ordered by ABC with Joss and brother Jed to write the episode with a possibility for Joss to direct as well. Joss confirmed that the show would feature new characters, which was already a given considering that Sam Jackson most likely isn’t willing to be a regular on T.V. and Cobie Smulders is already starring on another program.
Don’t expect the show to be reminiscent of Smallville with a cameo by a different superhero every week, and we probably won’t see Captain America or Thor on the show anytime soon. Whedon said that the show would be “adjacent” to the movies, but “it needs to be its own thing.” He went on to say that they live in a superhero universe, but they are not superheroes themselves, making them underdogs. This likely means that S.H.I.E.L.D. could go up against all kinds of supervillans, and we might see some fan favorites that weren’t quite big enough to make it on the big screen.