Production on Avengers 2 will begin next year in England, and in the meantime, Marvel is launching the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which will hopefully keep people satisfied before The Avengers return in 2015.
reports that the pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D. is “freakin’ awesome,” and it’s “worth the wait,” while Variety
felt it didn’t “pack quite the same punch” as The Avengers movie. The industry trade thought the show was okay but that “sustaining a high level of interest would represent another feat of super-heroism by exec producer Joss Whedon.”
Whedon just spoke at a press convention about S.H.I.E.L.D., and he said there will be connections to the upcoming Avengers sequel, but that it won’t be “an easter egg hunt. We want people to come back for these people. This show needs to work for people who haven’t seen the movies.”
Jed Whedon, Joss’s brother, added that if they worried about the post-Avengers expectations on the series, “we would never make any decisions. We just try to keep it fun and tell stories we’d like to see.”
So if you’re expecting a TV version of Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. promises to be a bit different. “I thing that appealed to me about [S.H.I.E.L.D.] from the very beginning is the idea of the people who don’t have superpowers,” Whedon added. “The idea of the people who didn’t get the hammer, who didn’t get the super serum. The TV show is very much about that sense: ‘Well, what about the rest of us? How do we cope with this?’”