Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. Coming to TV

It has been confirmed that Joss Whedon, who directed the enormously successful movie Marvel's The Avengers, will be bringing the adventures of S.H.I.E.L.D. to television on ABC. Since Disney owns Marvel Entertainment and the ABC Network, it's no surprise to see comic book stories make their way to TV, the only question up until now was what property would make the jump. What better characters than the spies and military agents of the Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division?

The stars are human (even if they are highly-trained covert operatives), so TV audiences can relate to them even moreso than to their superpowered cohorts, and the writers can conjur up adventures on a more managable scale than if the setting was Thor's Asgard or Namor's Atlantis, yet they can still touch upon everything within the fringe of the Marvel Universe. It will be an excellent vehicle to introduce new characters, new plots, new ideas that can carry over to the big screen projects.

I don't know if we'll see cameos by Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and the rest of Marvel's movie celebrities, but there's a better than good chance that we'll see references to Nick Fury, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, and plenty other familiar Marvel heroes.

A Hulk television show is also still in the works, but S.H.I.E.L.D. looks as if it will arrive first. Will we see high-tech gadgets and vehicles, such as the helicarrier? Will we see supervillains every week? Most importantly, will we see some good writing that will elevate this typically second-string group into the forefront, worthy of its own primetime show?