ABC has recently greenlit Marvel’s live action pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate), with additional (good) news that the pilot will be co-written by none other than Avengers director Joss Whedon, probably as part of his contract with Marvel, which has him pegged to helm The Avengers 2.
According to Deadline.com’s report, the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV pilot is ready to go into production, as Whedon is writing the pilot along with his brother Jed Whedon and his sister in law Maurissa Tancharoen, who were also writers for Whedon’s previous projects Dollhouse, Spartacus, and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
There’s no announcements yet regarding the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show’s plot, so there’s no info on how it will relate to the Marvel movieverse. Considering the studio’s recent campaign to unify all of their franchises under one continuity, it’s not unlikely that the show will at least have some connection to the films (maybe some of the characters can be mentioned in passing, and an Iron Man cameo shouldn’t be too hard since they don’t need to get Robert Downey Jr. to appear as Tony), it’s also possible that the S.H.I.E.L.D. in the show will deal with relatively smaller threats.