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Joss Whedon Writing S.H.I.E.L.D. Series for ABC

Directly on the heels of the massive success of Marvel's The Avengers, Joss Whedon was tapped to oversee a new live-action series that would probably air on ABC since Disney, which owns Marvel also owns the television network. Whedon is said to be writing the pilot episode now, which he will also direct. This is all part of a deal that involves him overseeing what Marvel is calling Phase II of the super hero film universe they've been building with movies like Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and the Iron Man series, which all led up to the event film Marvel's Avengers, currently third on a list of all-time biggest earners at the box office, domestic and international.

S.H.I.E.L.D. (if that's what they're calling it) will not feature the core characters from any of the hit films, but it will be placed in the same universe.

Coincidentally, if you like these Marvel films, you'll probably dig a series 711 Press puts out called Order of 5ive, which features super hero-like teens with special abilities who operate in a government-back unit below the New York subway station. Action, adventure, mystery, the fulls works is packaged and presented in this neat series, so check it out.

I personally can't wait for S.H.I.E.L.D. to hit. I'm a huge fan of Whedon's, going way back to Buffy the Vampire Slayer days, not to mention Firefly.


Avengers Assemble

I can't express how much of a thrill it is to finally see these comic book movies in such splendor on the big screen. As a kid collecting comic books (X-Men, Spider-Man, Batman, Justice League, etc.), I never imagined a day like this, where I'd be able to see my beloved characters come to life over and over again in unique and interesting ways. Sure there were movies made back in the day, but mainly the low-budget variety. Early Spider-Man, Captain America, and Punisher films failed to capture the essence of the comic books and they sank at the box office or never debuted there in the first place.

Now here we are, with Sam Raimi's Spider-Man behind us, Chris Nolan's Batman saga wrapping up, and Joss Whedon's Avengers taking serious root. I'm a kid in a major candy store! The success of these movies only emboldens fanboys like me to keep cranking out stories in an attempt to propel this collective machine forward. To see them all succeed is important, because for far too long us geeks have been put out to pasture or left on the sidelines to stew while other genres were getting their due. Now our day has come, and our heroes are getting their moment in the sun! And in the biggest way possible, what with all the record-breaking Avengers has and is doing.

I'm already so inspired I've come up with a half dozen new tales Gordon and I will push through 711 Press in the coming years, once they're tweaked and refined and such. I'll keep you posted.