Perhaps one of the most buzzed-about pilots angling for a fall pick-up this season is Joss Whedon‘s project at ABC about the agents of Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., which underwent a name change in recent weeks.
Whedon spoke with TVLine about the change of title while at the “Iron Man 3” premiere on Wednesday (April 24), revealing why the show went from the simple “S.H.I.E.L.D.” to its current title, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
“I think it had to do with legal things. Ask Michael Chiklis, because I think it’s his fault,” Whedon joked, referring to the similarly named FX series.
Whedon also touched on the idea of “Avengers”/”S.H.I.E.L.D” crossovers, saying, “What we’re trying to do is open the door for that — but that’s not the door to the main room. The big house is that ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ has to work on its own. It can’t be an Easter egg farm. It’s got to be a show with characters you care about week to week, that if you’ve never seen a Marvel movie you can turn into.”
He stresses that he truly believes the show will be able to attract those who usually steer clear of superhero movies. “”I believe the Marvel movies work partially because the idea of a superhero universe is not alien to our culture on so many levels. We’re so used to it,” Whedon explains. “And so the idea of a superhero show that isn’t about superheroes, I think its time has come.”