By: Adam Basciano
Thankfully Marvel Studio’s has done the right thing and signed Joss Whedon to direct The Avengers sequel. Beyond that though, they have signed him to a multi-year deal that will see him supervise the other Marvel Studio’s films comprising Phase 2. In addition, they’ve tasked him with expanding Marvel’s Cinematic Universe on television. No, sadly he won’t be working on the proposed Incredible Hulk live action series. Instead, he is spearheading a tv series about the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division a.k.a. S.H.I.E.L.D. Whedon describes the show as being adjacent to the MCU but it will also stand on its own two feet. Most of the characters of the potential series will be new, and focus on “what does S.H.I.E.L.D. have that the other superheroes don’t? And that, to me, is that they’re not superheroes. But they live in that universe. Even though they’re a big organization, that [lack of powers] makes them underdogs, and that’s interesting to me.”
If you’re like me and are curious to find out a bit more about these new characters, you’re in luck. Character descriptions have found their way online. First up is Agent Grant Ward, described as “deadly, precise and cool under fire and just doesn’t play well with others due to his not-so-great people skills. He’s volatile, but a decent guy with morals whose charm will eventually come through.” A show by Joss Whedon isn’t complete without its fair share of strong female characters. Agent Althea Rice, a soulful and quiet, ace pilot, weapons expert and soldier who is damaged from her combat experience and has gone beyond the call of duty.” There’s also a dynamic duo of agents (no not that dynamic duo..duh, that’s a different comics universe.) Agent’s Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. They “spend most of their time together, like a “brother and sister who always bicker and annoy one another. They came up together and are masters in their fields: Fitz is good with weapons and gadgets while Simmons is into science.” Last but not least is a woman named Skye, a woman in her late 20’s who is fun, smart, caring and confident – with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.” This gives us a brief taste of the characters that will inhabit this show and if you’ve seen any of Joss Whedon’s previous t.v. work (who hasn’t), then you know these types of characters are right in his wheelhouse. While it’s more than likely, we won’t see The Avengers pop in, I’m curious what other Marvel characters may appear and what types of threats these agents will face.
This begs the question, who will lead these agents into the field if not Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury? I can’t answer that, but this past weekend at New York Comic Con, Jeph Loeb, Joss Whedon, and Clark Gregg himself, revealed that Agent Phil Coulson will appear in S.H.I.E.L.D. What!? Wait, Loki stabbed him in The Avengers, thus killing him. Or did he? Fans were teased with “Coulson Lives” t-shirts, while Clark Gregg even brought up the possibility of a Life Model Decoy, which was in fact referenced by Tony Stark in the film. Will Agent Coulson appear only in flashback sequences, or is he really alive? I guess we’ll have to stay tuned to find out…
(Source: MTV News, E Online)