urx unit loader Stan Lee would like 'Agents of SHIELD' to introduce more Marvel superheroes

Stan Lee is someone who was very much behind the addition of Deathlok and Lorelei to “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.” According to the man who co-created the agency SHIELD, the ABC drama’s function in the Marvel universe should be to introduce more characters from the comic books into the TV/movie franchise.

“[‘Agents of SHIELD’] could end up being like ‘The Avengers.’ It could be an umbrella under which a lot of superheroes will come in. They haven’t really done that yet, but I think they will eventually,” Lee tells Zap2it. “‘SHIELD’ could be a way of bringing in a lot of superheroes and villains together, and I think they will eventually get to that point.”

So which superheroes would Lee like to see be introduced? “Oh, any and all of them,” he says with a laugh. “I have no favorites. I love them all. The more they can crowd into it, the better I’d like it.”

SHIELD has held a special place in Lee’s heart since he and Jack Kirby introduced the organization in “Strange Tales #135” in 1965. Since then, SHIELD evolved into the movies’ “Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division,” but SHIELD as an agency has always had its roots in television.

“Years ago there was a show on television called ‘The Man From UNCLE.’ I wanted to get something like that, but more superhero-ish, so I came up with SHIELD,” Lee recalls. “There was a character we had called Sergeant Fury and his Howling Commandos. That was a book we did of World War II. And then we stopped it after a while, and a lot of readers said, ‘Where is Sergeant Fury now?'”

He continues, “So I thought, wow, it would be great to say that today he’s a colonel, and he’s the head of SHIELD! So it all came together with Colonel Fury and SHIELD. When I wrote it, SHIELD stood for ‘Supreme Headquarters International Law Enforcement Division.’ I think they’ve given it a slightly different name now, but that doesn’t matter.”

Lee will appear on “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” in its Feb. 4 episode “TRACKS,” which airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. His new TV movie, “Stan Lee’s Mighty 7,” premieres Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. on The Hub network.