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.