It’s already exciting enough to know that they’re going to make a S.H.I.E.L.D. series, and that we’ll get to see Agent Phil Coulson again, however, it’s just a nice cherry on top to know that Joss is directing the pilot episode. This is, after all, the first episode and thus the one in which the studio will gauge how well it’s received and how much more they can go forward with it. With an already successful slew of movies under Marvel, I predict this should go well. Very well. It’s not like there aren’t a bazillion people wanting it.
Anyway, here’s what Joss had to say about it during a recent interview with EW:
“One of the great things about having worked for so damn long is that there are so many people that I truly trust.” He says he will work on the ongoing series “as my schedule allows,” helping the team brainstorm stories in addition to the usual exec producer/overseer stuff of reviewing and approving cuts of episodes. ”I have to maintain a fine balance between not hurting The Avengers, which is my number one priority right now, and not be the guy who shows up once a month and undoes everything that’s been done by everyone else.” Sometimes, that can happen unintentionally, by dint of Joss being Joss. He elaborates by telling a story from the show that made him a pop culture heavyweight. ”Back when I was doing Buffy, I made a joke once. I said, ‘We’re going to do leprechauns! It’s going to be the best episode ever!’ And Marti Noxon, who just started as a staff writer, came back three days later and said, ‘I spent three days doing research on leprechauns.’ And I was like: What the f— are you talking about?”
What makes you more excited to watch S.H.I.E.L.D.? The fact that the first show is directed by Joss Whedon? The fact that Coulson is on it? The fact that it’s S.H.I.E.L.D.?