Joss Whedon Confirms ‘The Avengers’ Inspired TV Series ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’
Joss Whedon, director of the hugely popular summer blockbuster 'The Avengers', has confirmed his involvement in the upcoming ABC TV series ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ based on the top secret organization featured in his film. Lead by Nick Fury, played by the immaculate Samuel Jackson (whom we hope stars in this TV series, but that has yet to be confirmed) ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate, or Division) is the organization which brings together the super heroes that make up ‘The Avengers’. If you have yet to see ‘The Avengers’ or any of the previous Marvel superhero films such as 'Iron Man', 'Thor', or 'Captain America', you will still be able to follow along with the show.
"…What we’re building is entirely autonomous from The Avengers. It’s gotta be a show that works for people who haven’t seen the Marvel movies. It will please Marvel fans, I think.” Says Whedon. [ew.com]
Check out some of Whedon’s best television creations with ‘Firefly’, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, and ‘Angel’, and look for ‘The Avengers’ on DVD, Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray September 25th!
Disney CEO, Bob Iger, greenlights a second Avengers film!
Given its record-shattering opening weekend, many believed a sequel to “The Avengers” was inevitable, and they were right. Disney recently green-lit a second film in the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and if the first film is any indication, it is sure to be a hit.
The announcement came from the studio’s CEO Bob Iger, who revealed plans for a second movie during a conference call with reporters. Though he gave no timeline for the project, it will be one of many superhero movie sequels hitting theaters in the coming years, with “Iron Man 3,” “Thor 2” and a follow-up to "Captain America: The First Avenger" all on the way.
It certainly make sense to get the wheels in motion for an “Avengers” sequel, Iger says. Especially since it “shattered domestic box office records with a $207.1 million opening weekend for a global performance of more than $702 million to date,” he told reporters.
Superhero sequels have been some of the most popular movies in recent years. "Spider-Man 3" and 2008’s "The Dark Knight" both enjoyed some of the biggest opening weekends of all time.