Now that production has wrapped on ABC's Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot, fans must begin the long wait to hear whether or not the network will pick up the series for a fall debut. Series co-creator Joss Whedon recently spoke about the tone of his potential new show that will stay true to the Marvel comic books.
"I'm excited about the show because it's a very hopeful show. 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. 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."
While the show will take place after his theatrical blockbuster Marvel's The Avengers, fans should not expect Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. to feature any familiar superheroes right away, although "there's a little bit of talk of that" if ABC picks up the series.
"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]."
There was also a report from last month where Cobie Smulders revealed she may return as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in the show. However, Joss Whedon said that while he does hope she can come on board, her schedule on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother may not allow it.
"(Her schedule) will permit very little, but if we can get a hold of her anytime, we will."
The pilot stars Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, Ming-Na as Agent Melinda May, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, and Chloe Bennet as Skye.