ABC Orders Pilot for Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D.

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After a few weeks of speculation, we finally know the subject of Joss Whedon’s Avengers-related television show is – the Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate. Yup, S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting its own series with Whedon on board as its overseer. He will co-write the pilot with his brother Jed and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen and possibly direct it as well.

The biggest question mark now regarding the series is how Nick Fury will be involved. The show will reportedly be independent of The Avengers film, but will likely feature hooks back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe now and then. Would Samuel L. Jackson be willing to reprise his Nick Fury role on a regular basis? If not, perhaps they can entice him to do semi-regular cameo.

Joss, as we all know, has been responsible for some amazing television that network suits tend to pull from the air too early. Something tells me this one will have some longevity, though.

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