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February 18 2013

Joss Whedon talks of 'hopeful' S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot. New brief interview with Joss about his most anticipated pilot.

I read over at Bleeding Cool that the new series of Secret Avengers gives a good indication of what SHIELD will be like.
I love the "You always want to increase the family" line. Also very glad that the show won't rely on Marvel characters popping up all the time -- obviously they'd be welcome, but in shows like Arrow it just bogs everything down because it seems that's all you're there for.
I love that Joss (and evidently ABC) will be open to cameos of Marvel characters. But of course I know that Joss is full of ideas of his own, and his own take on Marvel's comics, which will keep this series lively for years (I'm crossing my fingers and hoping for years!).
Yeah. I know a few people on here have said they want this character and that character to pop up, but selfishly I'm, like.. I want to be able to understand this. With LOST, when that music started to play as XYZ seemingly random character turned up on screen, I always felt stupid. And then I'd Google it and find out they were in the show 48 episodes ago. The only thing worse than stunt casting is stunt characters. If it fits the story, knock yourself out (and tell me or show me why they matter).
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].”

Yep. The show needs to stand on its own, without relying on fan-favorite characters or fan-favorite actors. The man knows what he's doing.
The one character from the SHIELD universe that I really, really want to see appear on this series would be Eric O'Grady.

He wouldn't even have to be Ant Man yet - he was a SHIELD agent for quite some time before he got his shrink powers, and I think he's the kind of flawed, self centered, untrustworthy but hilarious jerk who would be perfect for a Whedon show.

TL;DR: Eric O'Grady would be an awesome new "Jayne" character.
I'm elated at the prospect of a "hopeful" show from Joss. A team of people working together against, presumably, episodic threats as well as season-long Big Bad threats, with some heartbreak and some humor? Sounds like he's going back to his roots, but with more of a sci-fi slant than a supernatural one.
When you say Joss is going back to his roots I think its more likely with a 'comic book' slant than sci-fi or even supernatural. I never saw Buffy as a 'supernatural' series even though it had plot-monkeys such as demons, and prophecies, and magic. Buffy always had a 'super hero' feel to it even from day one.
Yeah, I struggled with what adjectives to use. Basically, it feels very Buffy-ish to me, which is excellent. :)
Angel definitely had the super hero feel. Or at least, the stunt crew for that show created some impressive slobber-knockers. (Smallville did better at blasting people through wooden objects, but the Angel fights were more epic.)

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