This is impressively huge news in the television world, especially for those among us who thought that a live-action television series set in The Avengers universe was mostly idle talk for the fanboys and not something likely to ever materialize.
We were wrong.
ABC has ordered a pilot for “S.H.I.E.L.D.”, the peace-keeping organization set in The Avengers universe, both in the feature film and in the Marvel comics. Joss Whedon is set to write the pilot, along with his frequent collaborators Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog). Schedule permitting, Whedon will also direct the pilot.
It doesn’t mean the pilot will be greenlit to series, of course, but given the talent behind it, the amount of money likely to go into the pilot, and the obvious popularity of anything The Avengers-related right now, it seems highly likely that we could see an energetic, witty, and geeky action-hero show on our televisions by 2013. It would have to be David E. Kelley’s “Wonder Woman” levels of bad not to get a series order.
It would also seem unlikely that Sam Jackson’s Nick Fury would appear in anything more than a cameo role, but it would be a great opportunity for Whedon to bring back some of his regulars, like Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, and Eliza Dushku. I could also easily see Bradley Whitford take a role in the series, and even Cobie Smulders reprise her role as Maria Hill should “How I Met Your Mother” ends its run after this season.