After his blockbuster success this summer with Marvel’s The Avengers, writer-director Joss Whedon is heading back to the small screen next year to develop a S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot for ABC, and Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb has taken a moment to tease the forthcoming pilot, as well as revealing when fans might expect to see the TV show (assuming it gets picked up for a full season order).
“We have a ‘little’ pilot for television that you might have heard about called Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. co-written, directed, and executive produced by none other than Joss Whedon,” Loeb told Previews World. “Working with Joss, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen and Jeffrey Bell on the show is a blast. And bringing in Clark Gregg to play Agent Phil Coulson – the best. Hopefully we will be on in the Fall of 2013 on ABC.”
Clark Gregg will be joined in the cast of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Ming-Na Wen (Stargate Universe) as Agent Melinda May, Elizabeth Henstridge (The Thompsons) as Agent Gemma Simmons, Iain De Caestecker (Coronation Street) as Agent Leo Fitz and Brett Dalton (Killing Lincoln) as Agent Grant Ward. So far there’s been no word as to whether Samuel L. Jackson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury will be making a guest appearance, but according to the man himself he’s yet to discuss the possibility with Whedon:
“I don’t know [if I'll be in S.H.I.E.L.D.],” Jackson told MTV Splash Page. ” I keep hearing about it, and I haven’t talked to Joss about it. But in my mind, I would tend to think that he would, if nothing else, be like Charlie in Charlie’s Angels. At least be the voice!” However, the actor did go on to confirm that he’s set to feature in the 2014 sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, stating that “It’s a full-on role, from the original script that I read. It’s a full on S.H.I.E.L.D. operation in Captain America. But I don’t know – I’m meeting with [directors Anthony and Joe Russo] this week to see what happens.”
Update – Speaking to Movies.com, Jackson also seemed to rule out any possibility of an appearance in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, with the Django Unchained star stating that Nick Fury’s next appearance after The Winter Solider will be in The Avengers 2 in 2015.