“Very Little” Maria Hill And “Not A Ton” Of Existing Characters In SHIELD

Joss Whedon this weekend attended the Streamy Awards where he had been nominated, in an acting category, for his guest appearance in Husbands. He didn’t win but, hey, Ken Jeong hasn’t just directed the SHIELD pilot, doesn’t have Much Ado About Nothing coming out in the summer and won’t be writing and directing the next Avengers movie, so what’s “winning” anyway?

While he was at the ceremony, Whedon spared a few words for TV Line about SHIELD, including some mention of how pre-existing Marvel characters will, or won’t, be integrated into the show.

From their report:

That said, Whedon says to expect “not a ton” of familiar faces from the Marvel-verse, though “there’s a little bit of talk of that” for any possible future the project has in primetime. “Right now, I want to involve people in the characters that we’ve created for the show,” Whedon said, “and then we’ll worry about [the other stuff].”

And specifically in respect of Maria Hill:

In actuality, Whedon cautions that Smulders’ schedule “will permit very little” involvement, “but if we can get a hold of her anytime, we will.”

Besides talking about who won’t be appearing, Whedon outlined the appeal of the show. It’s the positivity, which he says comes from comic books:

I’m excited about the show because it’s a very hopeful show. It’s not about murder, and it’s not about crime, and it’s not people looking into their own belly buttons. It’s about people who are trying to help each other, and that’s one of the things I loved about comic books. They had costumes and the villains were cool [but] they stood for something, and I like doing a show that does that.

Had costumes? Were cool? I guess he’s been too busy to turn the pages for the last… crikey. I can’t even remember the last time he wasn’t busy.

SHIELD hasn’t formally been given a series commission but I can’t believe that ABC would be so daft. Expect to see it on air this autumn.


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