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What do you think about this list of characters that the SHIELD TV series is currently casting?

Oct. 2, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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I don't know if we've written about any one movie more than we have THE AVENGERS, and that doesn't look to be letting up any time soon as Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series progresses towards the start of production. Things are currently in the casting phase, and a character list for the Whedon-scripted pilot has been revealed.

Now before you get too worried because none of the characters listed are to be found in previously-published Marvel comics, many directors (Whedon included) use alternate character names when seeing actors so that the audition remains about the acting rather than being overshadowed by a name.  So while I wouldn't be surprised to eventually discover that Whedon had invented a few new characters to add to Marvel's universe, I also wouldn't be surprisedto eventually discover a few familiar names once all is said and done.

That all being said (and done), what do you think about these characters and their descriptions? With Whedon at the helm (at least to start), could they make for some interesting times?

Skye: This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident – with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.

Agent Grant Ward: Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.


Agent Althea Rice: Also known as “The [Cavalry],” this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.


Agent Leo Fitz and Agent Jemma Simmons: These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.

Cobie Smulders in a blue dress

I'm trying to break things up a bit by not using Scarlett Johansson again.  So... Cobie Smulders.

Extra Tidbit: The name of the alien race, the Chitauri, was originally introduced by Mark Millar and borrowed from Zulu folklore/mythology.
Source: TV Line

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7:18AM on 10/02/2012
The SHIELD show looks so far so good. A person cannot automatically compare it to other TV shows. However, if one wishes, he can note that Whedon follows a formula that Joss memorably nailed before. Like with Buffy, this show might exhibit much female power within its cast and storylines. Viewers need to see powerful women on TV. And possibly, viewers encounter parallel characters to those on Buffy. Leo and Jemma resemble Xander and Willow. Grant is like Spike. Skye is one side of Buffy's
The SHIELD show looks so far so good. A person cannot automatically compare it to other TV shows. However, if one wishes, he can note that Whedon follows a formula that Joss memorably nailed before. Like with Buffy, this show might exhibit much female power within its cast and storylines. Viewers need to see powerful women on TV. And possibly, viewers encounter parallel characters to those on Buffy. Leo and Jemma resemble Xander and Willow. Grant is like Spike. Skye is one side of Buffy's personality. Althea is like Buffy in the series later seasons (after dying and leaving the WB).
Audiences will see what they see. The SHIELD series needs to have strong ties to the main cinematic Marvel Universe if the series wants to attract the hard-core Marvel fans. Perhaps, the SHIELD series can have a crossover or two with the planned Hulk series. Perhaps, the series' characters can appear in the Phase 2 Marvel movies.
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7:38AM on 10/02/2012
I'm reserving any harsh judgement until I see a pilot, but these characters all seem like Whedon standards which is never a bad thing. Seeing as how all of them are originals it's safe to say that any of them can be killed off during sweeps or a season finale. Also, knowing Joss' creed of "all happy couples should end badly" I can't possibly see things going great for Leo and Jemma.
I'm reserving any harsh judgement until I see a pilot, but these characters all seem like Whedon standards which is never a bad thing. Seeing as how all of them are originals it's safe to say that any of them can be killed off during sweeps or a season finale. Also, knowing Joss' creed of "all happy couples should end badly" I can't possibly see things going great for Leo and Jemma.
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7:48AM on 10/02/2012
I hope this series would be as good as the first few seasons of Smallville (my favorite seasons are 1-3). But let us hear about Superheroes casting first, then I'll make my judgment.
I hope this series would be as good as the first few seasons of Smallville (my favorite seasons are 1-3). But let us hear about Superheroes casting first, then I'll make my judgment.
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7:53AM on 10/02/2012

"The Calvary" -- is her superhero name "The Super Christian"?

Shouldn't she be "The Cavalry"?
Shouldn't she be "The Cavalry"?
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8:35AM on 10/02/2012
I noticed that too, but initially left it because there's always the slight chance that it's not a typo in the character descriptions and meant to describe/illuminate the character in some way. But I'm going to err on the side of it being a typo and have thus changed it.
I noticed that too, but initially left it because there's always the slight chance that it's not a typo in the character descriptions and meant to describe/illuminate the character in some way. But I'm going to err on the side of it being a typo and have thus changed it.
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9:09AM on 10/02/2012
This news does nothing for me, as long as they make the show good I'm there to watch it.
This news does nothing for me, as long as they make the show good I'm there to watch it.
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9:42AM on 10/02/2012
Well, I like that there seems to be a healthy number of female characters in the core cast.
Well, I like that there seems to be a healthy number of female characters in the core cast.
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7:32PM on 10/02/2012
I just hope he casts Enver Gjokaj in this. He was ridiculously good in Dollhouse
I just hope he casts Enver Gjokaj in this. He was ridiculously good in Dollhouse
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7:34PM on 10/02/2012
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11:49PM on 10/02/2012
My guess is this is going to focus on Shield Agents of the Coulson variety, down on the ground, rather than the Superheroes, although I bet many A-plots are going to revolve around them encountering or tracking down people with superhuman abilities. This makes the most sense, since Whedon's shows tend go heavy on the Monster of the Week form of storytelling, usually with an overarching background storyline.

The thing is - with Joss probably doing the Avengers sequel as well, it's entirely
My guess is this is going to focus on Shield Agents of the Coulson variety, down on the ground, rather than the Superheroes, although I bet many A-plots are going to revolve around them encountering or tracking down people with superhuman abilities. This makes the most sense, since Whedon's shows tend go heavy on the Monster of the Week form of storytelling, usually with an overarching background storyline.

The thing is - with Joss probably doing the Avengers sequel as well, it's entirely possible that the "overarching background storyline" in question will lead up to the movie rather than some down-the-road season finale. That's just a guess though.
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11:50AM on 10/10/2012
What excites me about this project is, the most popular characters from the show very well may end up in the Avengers sequel in a fairly sizable role. SHIELD will always needs grunts in the movies and the TV show is the perfect place to give those characters face time. It would also give Marvel a good platform to let some of their lesser known characters get a trial run...a sort of minor leagues for the Marvel Movie Universe.
What excites me about this project is, the most popular characters from the show very well may end up in the Avengers sequel in a fairly sizable role. SHIELD will always needs grunts in the movies and the TV show is the perfect place to give those characters face time. It would also give Marvel a good platform to let some of their lesser known characters get a trial run...a sort of minor leagues for the Marvel Movie Universe.
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