Joss Whedon Says 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV Series Will Star 'New Characters'

How will a "S.H.I.E.L.D." TV series work without Nick Fury, Agent Coulson or Maria Hill? Creator Joss Whedon has an answer: by introducing a completely new cast of characters.

Speaking with MTV News while promoting "Much Ado about Nothing" at the Toronto International Film Festival, Whedon revealed that he's "very far" in the process of creating the "S.H.I.E.L.D." show, complete "with a full framework and a full cast." Whedon also said that the cast would consist of new characters separate from the ones we've seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe already.

"It's new characters. It needs to be its own thing," said Whedon. "It needs to be adjacent [to the MCU] but you don't want to do a show where you're constantly going, 'Iron Man just left, but he was totally here a minute ago.' You want them to do their own thing."

So, what exactly is their own thing? That's the question that Whedon and his compatriots had to answer before pitching the series.

"Well, what does S.H.I.E.L.D. have that the other superheroes don't? And that, to me, is that they're not superheroes," said Whedon. "But they live in that universe. Even though they're a big organization, that [lack of powers] makes them underdogs, and that's interesting to me."

Are you excited to see Whedon's "S.H.I.E.L.D." series in action? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or hit us up on Twitter!