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We won’t see another “Avengers” for three years but it looks like ABC's spin-off TV pilot is already close to shooting.

Ming-Na Wen of “ER” (Deb Chen!) and “Joy Luck Club” fame will play Melinda “The Cavalry” May in Joss Whedon’s “SHIELD,” the ABC pilot set in the same universe as the movies’ “Iron Man,” “Captain America,” “Thor,” and “The Incredible Hulk.”

May is described as a quiet, damaged vet and an expert with aircraft and weapons.

The character's original name was Althea Rice.  Perhaps that name didn't fit as well after an Asian  was hired to fill the role?

Ming-Na is the first actor cast as a regular in the proposed series aside from Clark Gregg, who reprises his "Iron Man"/"Thor"/"Avengers" movie role as Agent Phil Coulson.

"Avengers" writer-director Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Firefly," "Dollhouse") co-wrote the pilot and is said to be likely to direct it as well.

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  • Oct. 24, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Prequel hey?

    by Axl Z

    Nice

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    “The Calvary”

    by SutureSelf

    Really?

  • THANK GOD this is a Joss Whedon production or else I'd be pissed and scared! Luckily he is the ONLY person in Hollywood I 100% trust so things should be awesome regardless!

  • You know, where each chick is an expert in a different field of kick-assery.

  • Hated her character in that.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:02 p.m. CST

    The Incredible Hulk?

    by flclhack

    I wasn't aware that the 2008 was in canon of the current universe.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:13 p.m. CST

    That's a fucking joke right?

    by Kevin Spellman

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Spoiler alert

    by rakesh patel

    She plays the bitch.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Incredible Hulk

    by Richard

    How could you not know? Iron man 2 features footage of the fight in new york. Hell, Ruffalo's take on the character is basically based on the closing moments of IH.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    hot

    by qwsdqwedq sdbcjhdwiuvdh

    she was Chun-Li Zhang (Kristen Kreuk's older version i guess in Legend Of) in Street Fighter, so u know she is athletic and can kick butt, which is probably the reason Whedon hired her, rather than hire some 1 who would need xtensive trainin

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    thought dum-dum wuz 2 old

    by qwsdqwedq sdbcjhdwiuvdh

    for this, unless this is really a prquel all the way. im sure he would appear in flashbax

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    SHIELD isn't a prequel.

    by Jonathan

    Or at least, it would be a missed opportunity if it were. I think it would be really cool if as the next movies role out, there could be references to the events in those movies as they're released. Bit character in Iron Man 3? Don't worry, you'll have a guest spot or two in SHIELD the week after the movie is released. Remember that alien artifact that was lost in Thor 2? Guess what, it's the major plot point for the mid-season cliff hanger of SHIELD. I think SHIELD has a lot of potential not only as a show, but to really do something in film & television that's never been done before. ^_^

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    HULK is Canon

    by jimbojones123

    The Thor Blu has a bonus scene where Coulson explains that Blonsky is NOT Avengers approved and will remain in lockup.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST

    We better have some of the main heroes show up

    by Redhead_Redemption

    If not then the series is just masterbation

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    "Fan Favorite" Agent Coulson?

    by OutsideChance

    A lot of sites (not necc'ly this one) keep referring to Coulson as a "fan favorite," as if he were, I dunno, Wolverine or something. I think Gregg's a good actor and his character made a nice foil/connector for the various movies. However, it was never like "oh, cool, Agent Coulson FINALLY showed up." Does anything really think of Coulson as a "fan favorite," or is that an invention of the Disney/Marvel hype machine?

  • Seriously, THAT'S a no brainer. With "How I Met Your Mother" ending either this year or next, why wouldn't she? She's still signed on for NINE MORE Marvel movies, and she probably won't have to film for months on end since her screen time will be somewhat limited. I still wish there was news of other established Marvel characters, and its actually quite baffling that Marvel wouldn't want to stock the show with characters THEY own rights to, and I'm not sure what kind of deal they've worked out with Mutant Enemy as far as who "owns" what characters (but they probably will all belong to Marvel in the end).

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    @ ninja_bob

    by qwsdqwedq sdbcjhdwiuvdh

    IMO there definitely will b flashbax, as well as cameos by the likes of hulk and other chars

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    jus lookd her up

    by qwsdqwedq sdbcjhdwiuvdh

    cant believ she is 50 yrs old she loox amazin 4 her age yo !

  • The lady's a fine actress, in both senses of the phrase; I suspect her Melinda May may be the closest thing to a grounding character for the pilot/show outside of Coulson himself. (And, similarly to her previous gig on 'Stargate Universe,' having a lady with her acting chops around probably frees TPTB up to go get some bland pretty girls/boys to fill the other slots and look good in uniforms.)

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    @ theobserver

    by qwsdqwedq sdbcjhdwiuvdh

    agree, should see wonderman, zemo, modok, viper, and maybe scarlett wich and viz

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 9:45 p.m. CST

    @ outsidechance

    by ATARI

    Agent Coulson is a middle-aged man's hero. He gets to hang out with superheroes, knows lots of secrets, plays with new tech, and is and all-around nice guy. So yes, he is a favorite of mine. <br>

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    I love Mng Na.

    by Devon Knyght

    She has a history with Disney, she did the voice for Mulan. I think that she will add a lot to any show. Coulson was a fan favorite, that is why his supposed death was a defining plot point.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Marc Ruffalo's Bruce Banner

    by Matthew

    in Avengers says "last time I was in NY I broke Harlem' IH is so Canon

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Can't stand her

    by Raptor Jesus

    She's got that smug 'pipe up her ass' persona that is pretty off-putting.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Not a fan of the casting...

    by Phimseto

    Zero presence and always comes off as dour in her performances. Definitely agree with others, re: Dum Dum Dugan. Need to find a way somehow...

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    I'd do Ming-na. Anyway, Disney is wrecking Marvel.

    by kabong

    The new Indestructible Hulk is a SHIELD agent. But not on the TV series. <p> I hope Disney doesn't screw up Lone Ranger like John Carter.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 12:38 a.m. CST

    What the...people questioning Incredible Hulk being canon? F&

    by FreeBeer

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST

    ...F&*king Iron Man is in it!

    by FreeBeer

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Althea Rice

    by Johnboy40

    as a name was probably always a placeholder. (I though Whedon was known for using fake character bios and names during casting) Melinda May is a very Stan lee, Marvel sounding name though, and I like Ming Na, so I like this. Not too sure about using Coulson though. I would have thought that using Jasper Sitwell or Titus Welliver from Item 47 would make more sense storywise than bringing Coulson back (or making it a prequel series). Still, I'm sure there will be plenty of stock footage of the heli-carrier taking off and in flight, with occasional guest appearances by Renner, Johanssen and SLJ, with more frequent ones by Cobie Smulders, so it should be a decent enough romp.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 4:14 a.m. CST

    THE INCREDIBLE HULK IS CANON

    by zillabeast

    And Ang Lee's shitty movie is not. Deal with it.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 5:33 a.m. CST

    They show footage from Incredible Hulk on Starks monitors in Avengers

    by Rebel Scumb

    when he's told by Pepper Potts he needs to stay up and do his homework on the avengers, there's footage from each of the other Marvel studios films, and we see the Norton-Hulk trashing University of Toronto... I mean Harvard! So yes IH is definitely canon

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 6:08 a.m. CST

    The Incredible Hulk (2008) is NOT CANON

    by Adam D. Kline

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 6:56 a.m. CST

    outsidechance - Fan Favorite Coulson

    by buttsey57

    He's definitely a fan favorite. He's a great character and puts a 'face' on the SHIELD organization in a way Nick Fury can't. He was a great toss-in for Marvel fans during IM1, mixing in a bit of SHIELD, but as he showed up more & more, people invested in him. I for one am ecstatic that he's coming back and the TV venue gives him a starring role vs being forced to the side when the Avengers are out knocking things around.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 7:05 a.m. CST

    @adamdkline - read the post just above yours.

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Says it all.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Incredible Hulk canon

    by TheFilmYap

    WTH...Tony Stark makes an appearance in the movie talking to Gen. Ross. How could it NOT be considered canon? Plus, yes, as others have mentioned, footage from the movie was in "Avengers."

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 7:19 a.m. CST

    ANNND...

    by TheFilmYap

    They reference Hulk to Cap in "Avengers," saying they tried to replicate the Super Soldier serum once and it didn't work.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST

    And

    by Grando

    Banner mentions the incident in Brooklyn during The Avengers.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Or Harlem.

    by Grando

    I forget.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Deb Chen! ER's most wasted character

    by newc0253

    I love me some Ming Na but her character was a hopeless victim of some of ER's most rambling story arcs.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST

    LOL'ing at all the dweebs who think Hulk 2008 IS canon

    by Hot Carlos

    It's not even the same actor. Marvel has washed their hands of that movie. How come no sequel? DHUR

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Just because RDJ appeared, does NOT make it canon!

    by Adam D. Kline

    Marvel has chosen to ignore The Incredible Hulk (like pretty much everyone else). It ain't canon. Sorry guys.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Great casting.

    by mastermold

    She is seriously underrated, both as an actress and as a beauty. Hopefully this will work out and she gets the recognition she deserves.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 7:57 a.m. CST

    @adamdkline - You can see bits of TIH in the Avengers.

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    As well as in IM2. Sorry guy.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    The delayed, but on it's way, Marvel Phase 1 box set includes TIH.

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Who's ignoring who in the what now?

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    canon

    by coz

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Cinematic_Universe I can't believe you fucking retards are even arguing this shit, get a fucking life, and a clue

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Fucking putzes, Incredible Hulk is canon ...

    by F This

    Have you not watched all these fucking movies? What a bunch of blathering idiots.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Fucking putzes, Incredible Hulk is canon ...

    by F This

    Have you not watched all these fucking movies? What a bunch of blathering idiots.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST

    @wrath_of_spidercoz

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    So we're the *retards* who should *stop arguing this shit* and *get a fucking life*? Now who's arguing?

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Fucking double post... fuck your shitty ass site, Harry!

    by F This

    Shit doesn't even work properly half the time in modern browsers.

  • SO fucking tired of the endless discussions of it regarding every single movie franchise, every comic book, every tv show. Is the Ed Norton movie canon? You know what? IT DOES NOT FUCKING MATTER. Until future Avengers movies or this show need to talk about or deal with something that would depend on whether or not the Ed Norton movie existed, IT DOES NOT FUCKING MATTER. SHUT UP ABOUT IT.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Of course, there are only 5 Asian actresses in Hollywood

    by oisin5199

    Let's see. Ming-Na, Grace Park, Lucy Liu, Rosalind Chao (Keiko on Next Gen) and Tamlyn Tomita. They're the ones that constantly get cast. And yes, Ming-Na is 50 years old, so she hasn't looked like Herc's patented cheescake pictures in quite some time. Do you think, maybe for once, if an actress gets cast for something, you could put up a picture of them actually doing their job, like say, acting, instead of a Maxim cover? Maybe we can get a sense of how they actually carry a role, not a bikini. Horny fanboys can always google. In other notes, I'm still not sure this is a prequel. I kinda hope it's not, but given the Coulson factor and the whole avoiding superheroes thing, that would probably be easier. And there has NEVER been any doubt that Incredible Hulk is canon. What the fuck are you guys talking about? The evidence is there. Just because there was recasting (and the plan for continued Hulk movies changed) doesn't mean it's not canon. The movie's included in the Avengers blu-ray package, for fuck's sake! Wake up.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008) DID NOT HAPPEN IN THE MARVEL MOVIE UNIVERSE!

    by Adam D. Kline

    They cherry-picked a few short clips to set up the Avengers and provide some context video for Tony Stark to view, but only to (a) establish that there is a Hulk, (b) tie-in to Captain America with the whole Super Soldier thing, and (c) have a powerful plot device to help stop an alien invasion. Other than that, NOTHING. The 2008 Hulk movie is not considered part of the connective Marvel Cinematic Universe. None of the characters are referenced (they even made a point of showing Natalie Portman from Thor and Peggy Carter from Captain America, but no Betty Ross or General Ross? I wonder why...) At the end of the 2008 movie, RDJ makes an appearance and says, "We're putting a team together.." Excuse me? "WE??" Stark wasn't part of the Avengers initiative, he wasn't involved in gathering resources, and was in fact briefly considered and excluded altogether for being an arrogant douche. So why would he be cheerleading for SHIELD? Because Marvel hadn't thought their universe through yet. That scene is to be ignored. Like the rest of the movie. THE INCREDIBLE HULK movie *never happened*. It is not canon. PERIOD.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Dear Trolls,

    by Jonathan

    Yes, Incredible Hulk is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is according to Kevin Feige and Marvel. Stop trolling. >_<

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    adamdkline - you are a fucking idiot.

    by rakesh patel

    You've spent that time writing up bullshit and now i've wasted time reading it and responding to it. Normally i'm quite easy going and polite, but the fucking rage you've instilled in me want me to smash your fucking nerdy peanut head in. go fuck yourself.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    @adamdkline: watch *The Consultant* extra on the Thor Blu.

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    They made a short film to explain why Gen Ross isnt in Avengers. If TIH isnt canon, why bother? http://youtu.be/cgUjlH4vywM

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    More like SCHWING Na

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Asian actresses age the best (aside from Latina actresses).

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Howard the Duck is NOT Cannon

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Just stop it.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    this is the reason I don't read talkbacks anymore

    by coz

    I should have known better, fucking circlejerk cretins

  • Of COURSE Incredible Hulk is part of the Marvel cinematic universe. Its asinine to say otherwise. That's why: Stark appears in it. They made a short film to tie it to the others more directly. Footage appears in IM2 and Avengers. Banner directly refrences events from the film ("I broke Harlem") in Avengers. The movie is included in Marvel's Movie Universe Boxed set. They keep referring to it as part of the universe. Counter this with.... some douchenozzle on a AICN board insisting its not.... just cuz he says so. Buffoon. And just to get under this tool's skin a bit - in the writing of Avengers - Whedon said he personally counts Ang Lee's film as part of the continuity, too!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    wrath_of_spidercoz - not cretins

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    canon!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Incredible Hulk is totally in the film continuity

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    As others have said, scenes of the Hulk fighting the army on the college campus pop up in Tony Stark's information dossier, RDJ appears at the end of Incredible Hulk to talk to Ross about "putting a team together," and when Black Widow meets Banner in India she mentions that SHIELD has been keeping "other interested parties" from going after him, namely Thunderbolt Ross. And of course yes, Banner mentions destroying Harlem the last time he was in NY, and of course we saw the attempts to resurrect the super soldier serum used on Tim Roth as well.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    adamdkline - living in denial since 2008.

    by oisin5199

    Wow. just...wow.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    didntpulloutintimecop - I WAS AGREEING WITH YOU!

    by coz

    CRETIN! I'm fucking done here

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    We're all cretins, and P.S. your mom isn't canon.

    by spacehog

    I haven't figured out what that means yet but believe me when I say I intend it as a SICK BURN. To all of us.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    the 2003 HULK movie is more canon than the 2008

    by Adam D. Kline

    Sorry to burst your bubbles there.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    These guys must be trolling

    by BizarroJerry

    And honestly, if you're not, why can't it be "canon"? Because you didn't like it? The actor doesn't make a difference, look at Howard and Cheadle. And it flows together well enough. Incredible Hulk ends with Banner, off by himself, and suggests he had found a way to control the Hulk. I don't understand why it can't be in the same world as the other movies.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    wrath_of_spidercoz

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    CANON!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    I smell something. It smells like fucking idiots

    by DeusExMachina

    What are you all talking about? The Incredible Hulk isn't cannon? First. Tony Start was in the end of the movie. Second, Stark was all over the weapons used by the army. Third, the Army was using Shield software to track Banner. Fourth, in the Thor extras, Coulson and Sitwell talked about sending Stark to talk to General Ross in an effort to keep Blonsky locked up. Sixth, it was explained to Steve Rogers that the process Banner used in TIH was an attempt to recreate the Super Soldier program. Seventh, fucking Blonsky took the recreated super soldier serum. Eighth, Banner said that he demolished Harlem. Ninth, didn't anybody see the deleted scene from TIH where Banner put a gun in his mouth, fired the bullet and turned to the Hulk? He also mentioned that in The Avengers, and that scene was originally how they intended Captain America to be unearthed. Tenth, Nick Fury was watching the replay of when the army attacked the Hulk on the college campus. Eleventh, Ed Norton was originally going to be in The Avengers. So what the hell do you all mean when you say The Incredible Hulk isn't cannon?

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 12:42 p.m. CST

    @deusex: They are trolls, don't feed them!

    by ATARI

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I agree deusexmachina. These people are troll idiots.

    by Brock

    Everything you and countless others have said are correct. TIH is Canon. Not to mention in the scene in TIH when they are talking to Blonsky about the Super Soldier serum, they show the exact equipment and canisters that were used in Captain America. And, Dr. Abraham Erskine's name is on them.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST

    The Incredible Hulk (2008) is NOT cannon!

    by Tjarren

    A cannon is a weapon! :D In other news, am I the only one the feels that this series has a PERFECT sweeps month gimmick every year? Superhero or movie character cameos! Brilliant!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST

    @oisin5199

    by Tjarren

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    @oisin5199

    by Tjarren

    Sorry, but you forgot Bai Ling! HOW could you forget Bai Ling???!!!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    The Inevitable Bulk is not Rex Manning!

    by Adam D. Kline

    you people wind up so easily :-P

  • ...which would be WAY better than a show about non-superheroes from a superhero franchise...

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Archer as a Shield agent

    by Eddie_Dane

    You're asian...ish. Ish!? Well what's the word for it, Melinda?

  • The budget will probably be huge, ABC will probably not like the numbers, and even though The Avengers is the third highest grossing movie of all time, is this gonna fly on weekly TV? Using the anitquated freakin Nielsen system as a measure of success? One could think that ABC / Disney corporate insect overlords keep the show on just to keep the brand and franchising alive, even if it gets smacked around by The Voice or something like that when it airs. Mindblown that it's happening, not quite sure how long it'll last.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    I like ming-na wen.. she's an awesome actor

    by Norman Colson

    I think this show will go 3 seasons... the numbers will be strong due to writing abc could use something strong in their lineup it's like chick flick central... too many fucking girlie shows... and not enough action! we need that back. revolution sucks, alcatraz sucked. touch sucked, fringe is going off, beauty and the beast? WTF!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Hulk 2008 IS canon according to Marvel

    by sunwukong86

    http://marvel.com/news/story/18766/view_the_full_marvel_cinematic_universe_timeline

  • Because that would be some weak sauce to have his death been faked. Although I guess they could always pull a Farscape and have Coulson be all, "Yeah, I died, but I got better." <BR> One thing the MCU has going for it, is that the stories move FORWARD, one linking to the next. Please, NO PREQUELS, NO BONE-HEADED TIME TRAVEL!!! <BR> I do like the idea of some kind of advanced LMD Coulson, especially if this leads to, as is often speculated, this character becoming The Vision (although I'd lose that crazy cape). I know that's a different origin, but it could still be some kind of Ultron's doing, springboarding off of Ant Man. <BR> A lot of potential here, I'm really excited about this show, and the idea of an intertwined Movie/TV universe. There really hasn't been a go-to science fiction adventure show since BSG boomered out.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    to people who like facts (Re: canon)

    by brightgeist

    let's sum this up... Marvel says TIH is canon: http://marvel.com/news/story/18766/view_the_full_marvel_cinematic_universe_timeline Wikipedia says TIH is canon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Cinematic_Universe TIH will be in the "Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One - Avengers Assembled (10-Disc Limited Edition Six-Movie Collector's Set)" (six movies, got it?): http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Marvel-Cinematic-Universe-Phase-One-Avengers-Assembled-Blu-ray/46675/ add to that at least 10 direct story connections between TIH and the other 5 Marvel movies... what is somewhat unexplained (but not a canon violation by any means) is the TIH bonus scene with Tony Stark: http://youtu.be/bBNvygOzsYM yes, his "we're putting a team together" seems strange, when in IRON MAN 2, Stark tells Fury "I told you, I don't want to join your super secret boy band": http://youtu.be/1B2A-GeYci0 then again, Fury already told Stark about the Avengers Initiative at the end of IRON MAN: http://youtu.be/Nyjwkav3h_0 so, one very simple CANONICAL explanation would be that Stark initially wasn't opposed to be part of the Avengers Initiative, and after the events of TIH, Fury asked Stark to go talk to Ross. then, sometime before IRON MAN 2, something happened that changed Stark's mind about the Avengers Initiative. what exactly that was, we don't know. but it's safe to assume that things happen in the fictional world of these movies outside of the short periods that we get to observe through the films. it's not like all the characters stop doing stuff whenever one movie ends and only continue when the next one begins. if we discuss "canon", we treat this fictional universe as "real" in some fashion, so we must also accept that things happen while we're not watching. in any case, the Stark/Ross bonus scene in TIH is far from being a canon-breaker. it's simply an inconsistency to us, because we're missing a lot of the facts about what happened in between the movies.

  • Notice how they immediately changed the name of the character as soon as they cast an Asian woman. Both my love of Ming-Na and my recognition of the total lack of strong roles for Asians on television considers this an acceptable exchange. Now take one of those roles you wrote for a teeny bopper blonde white girl and give it to the black chick you just pushed out of a job and we're square.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST

    more like SCHA-WING Na!

    by lewdvig

    she still hot!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    I dont think it matters...

    by Norman Colson

    If the character was black or white... the actress brings good gravitas to any role she plays. let's just hope she can stand out on this show. Anyone else knows other cast members appearing on this?

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST

    China is a big market

    by Mel_Gibsons_Nazi_Dad

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST

    I have adored Ming-Na for 2 decades...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...looking forward to this.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 3:14 a.m. CST

    She was ok on Universe.

    by bauerpowerhour24

    Sg Universe had some poor writing. i thought her acting was OK just some real lame story lines Dan Kirkman Bellingham Wa

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 5:50 a.m. CST

    firstman2012

    by FirstMan

    Banner in Avengers: "Last time I was in New York, I sort of broke Harlem". Case closed.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Im not getting what theyre doing w/ this show....

    by grendel69

    Will it feature the actors from films? Will the tv have the budget for things like Hulk,Thor,IronMan? Will it feature newer minor Marvel characters like Antman, Wasp,etc.... introducing those characters to the film franchise?

  • Don't expect cameos from the Avengers.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST

    To think Shield used to be a bunch of badass guys...

    by chien_sale