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Marvel’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV Series: Joss Whedon Discusses Premise, Confirms No Hulk

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With the ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ pilot episode in the can and most Marvel fans gearing up for ‘Iron Man 3‘ and the next phase of movies toward ‘The Avengers 2,’ it may be a while yet before Marvel releases many details of ABC’s forthcoming ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV series. Fortunately, Joss Whedon isn’t one to leave fan’s hanging, and opened up a bit more about the “little guy” focus of the series, and whether or not we’d see many Avengers going forward. So get the latest on the ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV series inside!

We have complete faith that ABC will invest in Marvel’s Joss Whedon-helmed ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV series come pickup time, but that hasn’t changed our anticipation for details regarding the series. With the pilot officially wrapped, and Joss Whedon back in the media for his recent ‘Much Ado About Nothing‘ trailer, Whedon sat down with Deadline to answer a few questions about his ongoing work, including the much-anticipated pilot and its “little guy” approach to the broader Marvel universe.

The idea of the Little Guy is something that I am very fierce about, and there has never been a better Little Guy than Clark Gregg. That intrigued me, this world around the superhero community. It’s the people whose shop windows get blown up when the Destroyer shows up. It’s the more intimate stories that belong on television that we can really tap into the visual style and ethos, and even some of the mythology, of the Marvel movies.

I think we’ve put together another really great ensemble headed by Clark. And how much it’s actually seeding or hinting or reacting to what’s going on in the movies is something we’ll let play out as we go. For me the most important thing is that people fall in love with it on its own merits, rather than constantly asking, “Is there gonna be an Avenger?” Well, there’s not gonna be a Hulk because that guy’s too expensive.

That will undoubtedly come as bad news for Hulk fans, who recently had hopes of a standalone movie shot down by both Whedon himself and the man beneath the gamma Mark Ruffalo, pehaps even those holding their breath for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Hulk’ TV series. As for how involved Whedon will be with the ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV series beyond the pilot, the director specified, “I will be as involved as I can be – mostly on a story level. On the TV show I can say, ‘No, do it my way.’ I’m just trying to keep it exciting and meaningful and surprising.”

Marvel’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV series features a cast that includes Clark Gregg’s resurrected Agent Phil Coulson, as well as ‘ER’ vet Ming-Na, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker as the other agents of the team. Nick Fury himself, Samuel L. Jackson recently stated that he expected to be involved in some small capacity, while ‘How I Met Your Mother‘ and ‘The Avengers‘ star Cobie Smulders remains open to the possibility as well.

Whedon had plenty more to say about the other side of his Marvel Universe involvement in the Deadline interview, but in the meantime tell us what you want to see from the ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV series in the comments!

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