If you want to the theaters this summer to see The Avengers, you may or may not know that Joss Whedon was involved with the project. The Avengers was a massive hit, was easily the biggest film of the summer, and made a huge amount of money. If you miss the days of Marvel superheroes on TV, a new series is in the works from Whedon.
Even more interesting than knowing he's working on co-writing a new ABC pilot for a TV series is that the series he is working on is set in the Avengers universe. The project is tiled S.H.I.E.L.D. and follows the secret military law enforcement group headed by Nick Fury. I doubt we'll see Samuel L Jackson in the project, he makes a good Fury.
Reports indicate that Joss Whedon, and his brother Jed are co-writing the pilot along with help from Joss' wife Maurissa Tanchareon. There are also indications that Whedon might direct the pilot if his schedule allows. I would hope if Whedon directs the pilot, whomever they choose to direct the individual episodes is up to par.
The production for the pilot is going to get underway as soon as possible according to Mercury News. S.H.I.E.L.D. isn't the only Marvel superhero property ABC is developing as a series. It looks like The Hulk is also coming back to television. That was my favorite show growing up, The Incredible Hulk and The Dukes of Hazard made for an exciting Friday night in the 80's.