Joss Whedon is stoked about S.H.I.E.L.D.
We recently confirmed that Joss Whedon is putting together a S.H.I.E.L.D. series for television under the auspices of a wider deal with Marvel.
This news came hot on the heels of the announcement that Whedon is indeed back for the second Avengers flick, which is due to hit theaters May 1, 2015.
As Collider reports, Whedon said he's excited to come back to TV with S.H.I.E.L.D. and noted: "The important thing to me is that we know what the show is. We love what it is. It came together very organically, so when we went in to pitch [to Marvel], it wasn't like We're trying to find this because you want a TV show, it was, Check this out. And that's a good way to walk in a room..."
"Starting up a TV show is something I really wanted to do," Whedon continues. "I'm incredibly excited about the next story I'm going to tell."
Whedon also promised that S.H.I.E.L.D. will appeal to both Marvel comic fans as well as newcomers to the expansive Marvel universe.
As we just reported on TG, there have been rumors for a while that The Avengers in some form could be on TV, and this is apparently how TV will connect to the movies, and provide a parallel universe fans can check out along with the films. Whedon will also have input in Marvel's other projects as part of his exclusive three year deal with them.
It's also interesting how Whedon's going back to television after directing one of the biggest hits in cinema history, but as he told Vulture, "At some point, the numbers become meaningless. They're large, and you can't really count that high."
Whedon added, "I grew up wanting to make summer movies and wanting to make superhero movies, and I got to do both at once. I felt like summer movies haven't been what I remember them to be, I felt like I would love to evoke something that's less hip and ironic and more heartfelt and character-driven, and apparently, other people cared about that in a large way."
If you can't get enough Avengers, the superhero team will be available for the home on September 25 when the movie hits DVD and Blu-ray. In Vulture, Whedon enthusiastically went on about scenes he didn't want to cut from the film that he loved, but the flick was three hours long, and he had to chop it down and do what was best for the franchise. So yes, it should be quite a lot of fun to check it all out at the end of September.