With %100 less Vic Macky.
The cat is out of the bag people! ABC has put in the pilot order for the supposed Avengers/Marvel Movieverse tv series, and it is S.H.I.E.L.D. Whedon, who has an overall contract with Marvel till 2015, will oversee the show with his Dr. Horrible Sing Along team of his brother Jed and Maurissa Tancharoen. Along with them, Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell will also produce.
For those of you keeping track, this will mark Whedon’s return to TV since Dollhouse was cancelled by Fox in 2010. Since this show is set to be on ABC, who’s parent company (Disney) owns Marvel, there’s a better chance that S.H.I.E.L.D. will get a better chance at sticking around for at least a complete season versus Whedon’s previous two shows. Though the network has had a hit with Lost, any other attempt at sci-fi or fantasy TV has been met with mixed reactions, resulting in Invasion, Flash forward, The River, Night Stalker, V and No Ordinary Family. Most of those shows never made it past their first season. I’ll put money down that Disney puts a little pressure on the network to give S.H.I.E.L.D. a chance beyond season one.
The matter of Joss directing is up to his schedule. Even though Avengers 2 isn’t set until 2015, the man may have more on his plate than he’s been letting on.
As for the cast, I wouldn’t expect to see Sam Jackson or any of the other big time Avengers players popping up on S.H.I.E.L.D. instead I suspect it’ll be a way for Marvel to introduce other smaller characters to the general audience. I also suspect none of the main Shield character cast from the film will appear in the series (unless Marvel has something up it’s sleeve with Agent Coulson). But the idea of Joss Whedon overseeing the rest of the Marvel Universe on TV is mind blowing. If you asked me what was more possible 5 years ago: Joss Whedon being the biggest director in the world and in charge of the Marvel movieverse, or someone making Jurassic Park in real life? I’d have gone with Jurassic Park.