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Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Is About 'Powers,' 'Spectacle' And 'Little Things' That Matter

Joss Whedon is two months away from finishing the script for "The Avengers 2," but his most pressing concern at the moment is Marvel and ABC's "S.H.I.E.L.D." TV pilot.

Shooting begins on January 22, based on what Whedon told MTV News at the Critics' Choice Awards. And even if the main characters of "S.H.I.E.L.D." aren't all recognizable names for die-hard Marvel fans, there will still be plenty of "spectacle" and "super powers" to keep you happy.

"You have to bring a bit of spectacle to it; it's got to be bigger than your average cop show," he said. "But at the end of the day, it's about the peripheral people. It's about the people on the edges of the grand adventures."

"The whole point of the show is that even with all these big things, the little things matter," he explained further. "It's about people who don't have super powers. There will be some people with powers, there will be FX, and there will be the spectacle of science-fiction storytelling -- but all played on a very human, small level. That's the appeal of the thing."

Whedon also spoke a bit about his vision for the "Avengers" sequel. He doesn't plan on trying to top his record-smashing hit in terms of size -- instead, he'll dig deeper into what makes Earth's mightiest heroes tick.

"All of these people have met, so you have that out of the way. Now you can spend your time just digging in, and by digging in, I mean with a scalpel, to cause pain," he said. "I'm pretty excited about it, I have to say."

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