Joss Whedon Teases ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’s’ Hopeful Tone

With “S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” pilot episode officially wrapped, Joss Whedon is finally ready to open up a bit about the new Marvel TV series. According to him, it will feature everything he loves best about comic books.

“I’m excited about the show because it’s a very hopeful show,” Whedon told TV Line. “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.”

He continued, “We’re trying very hard to be true to [Marvel’s] ethos and also to the structure of their universe. So it is definitely a Marvel show.”

Just don’t expect too many familiar faces in it, at least at the beginning. The initial lineup of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” cast members includes Clark Gregg, Ming-Na, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, and Whedon said “there’s a little bit of talk of” bringing other actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in for guest spots once the show premieres on ABC.

“Right now, I want to involve people in the characters that we’ve created for the show and then we’ll worry about [the other stuff],” he said. That includes Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, whose schedule Whedon said “will permit very little” involvement, “but if we can get a hold of her anytime, we will.” Fingers crossed.

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