We've been wondering for weeks what project that Disney had in mind for a Marvel television show that tied into the Cinematic Universe, and tonight Deadline breaks what we can expect - ABC greenlit SHIELD for a pilot, and Joss Whedon will be involved with many aspects of production including writing (along with brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen) and possibly directing the pilot.
Considering the way THE AVENGERS did at the box office, it's no surprise that SHIELD would be the series that ABC would go for - I'd be very interested if returning cast members like Samuel Jackson or Cobie Smulders would return to their roles. Smulders currently works on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, so it's not clear if she would jump ship for this. Or we may get a whole new bunch of characters. It's also very possible that Marvel may use the series to introduce more Marvel superheros into the movie pantheon.
So what do you hope for in a SHIELD television series? Hope to see people like Dr. Henry Pym, or The Vision, or villains like Ultron or MODOK? (Please give us MODOK.) We'll see.