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Whedon's Upcoming 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Show May Not Draw So Much From Comics

Actress Ming-Na reveals in a recent interview that she won't be doing any comic book research for her role in Joss Whedon's upcoming 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' series.

In a recent interview with AMC Theaters, actress Ming-Na spoke about her excitement over being a part of Joss Whedon's upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. television series for ABC where she will play S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Melinda May.

I did the audition...I don't want to explain the whole [casting process]. It was intense but at the same time, it wasn't. He's just so welcoming when you come into the audition room...

When asked about how she will prepare for the role, the actress revealed that she won't be reading comics but will be catching up on a whole lot of Whedon's previous work, citing Firefly and The Avengers, for starters.

I am in Whedon-verse all the way...I am going to watch every single thing that he has ever done...I mean I was a huge fan anyway, so I am rewatching a Fiefly...Avengers I saw again...But I don't think he is going to base it as much on the comics. I think this is going to be sort of like his own thing with Stan Lee...I would rather take it fresh from his point of view.

Well that's certainly interesting! If the Avengers movie is any proof, though, it's clear that Whedon takes a lot of inspiration from the comic book universe and draws from what he already knows. How much of the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. show will be based on comics remains to be seen, but that might be okay. We have faith in Whedon, what about you guys? Are you looking forward to watching the S.H.I.E.L.D. show?

Source: AMC Theaters

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Posted by queenfrost_

I'm glad whedon isn't just casting white people this time round

Posted by Jorgevy

In Whedon We Trust

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

What were we supposed to expect?

Posted by guttridgeb

Part of me wants it to remain based on the comics but I also like the idea of a fresh take on the comic organization we know well.

Posted by iaconpoint

Off topic (or not who knows) she's ferociously attractive.

Posted by chalkshark

Yeah, there's really no point in referencing the source material you're adapting. Best just to ignore it.

Posted by Nightwing28710

@queenfrost_ said:

I'm glad whedon isn't just casting white people this time round

Sam Jackson is black. Hulk is green. Thanos is purple. Chitauri are grey. :P

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I trust Joss Whedon on any tv show he is working on and I defenitely trust him for an Avengers Tv show.

Posted by Crom-Cruach

I don't trust Joss Whedon and am not at all surprised to read this.

Posted by Overlander

This is the best/worst news I've heard about the show yet.

Posted by x_29

Still not looking forward to it.

Posted by Green ankh

i didnt really carre to much..but now that Ming Na is in in

Posted by AmazingWebHead

So, is this canon to The Avengers?

Posted by OldOldLogan

Clean up on isle splu...

Posted by mksystem74

Still wouldn't hurt to try and get Robert Downey Jr. to do a cameo in the Pilot to draw some big ratings.

Posted by reid_jack

Is it too much to ask to see Wasp in the show?

Posted by blackkitty

I admit my confusion here. I mean, one actress says she will not be reading comics. No where did it say Whedon would not be using them or drawing from them but somehow people are taking her comments as Whedon's and making conclusions. Just wait and see.

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Posted by Eivion

I'm curious what people were expecting. There really isn't much to draw from seeing that the show is focused on mostly original characters and not the more known S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

Posted by antemiusenteri

I really really really hope that Joss and company use this opportunity to introduce some diverse character into the marvel universe , I hope he introduces LGBT characters cause he's really good at writing LGBT characters that are more than their sexuality something that every writer should do but still for some reason beyond me isn't , i also hope they introduce characters , from all parts of the world like the middle east or south america and etc ,

Posted by Rabbitearsblog

Even though I love Joss Whedon's work, I don't know if I'm that interested in the S.H.I.E.L.D TV series, even though I enjoyed the Avengers movie. I guess we'll wait and see how this show goes.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Never liked SHIELD in general, but i'm interested in this show

Posted by theTimeStreamer

@reid_jack: yes. yes it is. be realistic not outright dellusional.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

I hope the show will be more like the Avengers movie and less like the comics. The comics have been so lame for years and the movies have been so AWESOME, then that's where the SHIELD show should take its cues from.

I can't wait!!

Posted by Deformity

My god.. Imagine if Guillermo Del Toro was still making the Hulk tv series.. Combined with Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D.

Posted by ArtisticNeedham

Maybe she means that she is doing her own thing, because the majority of the cast are new characters not in the comics. And there are no Avengers or superheroes and its more spy based than the comics or the movies so far.

I still want it to have lots of Kirby styled technology, but thats OK if it doesn't. The movies haven't either.

Posted by Video_Martian

I really hope this show turns out to be good. Also, I don't know much of what Ming-Na has been in. She's really pretty though... :P

Posted by Deformity

^@Video_Martian: Chun-Li

Posted by thenexusrebound

Ming Na said she isn't going to be reading comic as her go to. Which is fine he character is not someone who can be referenced from comics. Doesn't mean Whedon hasn't used some of the comics to inspire him.

Posted by Mercy_

I'm okay with this.

Posted by Mercy_

@Video_Martian: ER, she did the speaking voice of Mulan, a couple other things.

Edited by Dernman

Curious I thought these were going to be comprised of younger characters. I wouldn't call her old because she isn't but she doesn't give off that young vibe either. She gives off a vibe of someone further along in life and career. More of a boss type then someone closer to rank and file.

Posted by leokearon

Given the fact that all the characters seem to be original characters is not surprising that they aren't read any comics, especially since most SHIELD comics focus on Fury anyways

Posted by GR2Blackout

I'm not even going to watch the show at all to e honest. Like... ever.

Posted by Vincie_Pooh

lets see how this goes.

Posted by Novemberx2

oh so its basically doing the same thing as iron man 2 take the names and images from the comics and nothing else, every actor plays themselves instead of a character from the book and the plot has nothing to do with the book that inspired

Posted by Guardiandevil83

I think this is before Super Humans were actively running around. Since Coulson will be on it I feel it may be a prequel to the Marvel movie-verse. We'll after Cap was introduced of course. This show may be more Burn Notice/24 then The Cape or Heroes.

Posted by Timotheus316

I'll be watching it. I've watched everything else he's done so far and loved it, why would I think this would suck no matter what he pulls and from where? It'll be awesome because Whedon's attached to it.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Long as Whedon is at the helm, this should be great. In a way its actually nice that Ming Na isn't trying to go by the comics and wants to do a fresh approach. Could be interesting that way...

Posted by Target_X

@Crom-Cruach said:

I don't trust Joss Whedon and am not at all surprised to read this.

Me neither, especially with TV shows. I've found everything he's done on TV to be amazingly corny and cheesball~ish. Yeah, I know that's heresy to a lot of people, but that's just how I feel about it. I will give him Avengers the movie though, it was really well done.

Posted by BR_Havoc

I am actually sort of confused as to why this is getting made into a TV series. I think Whedon has his work cut out for him to get viewers to watch a show about a government agency in a world of superheroes, but I may just doubt it because I thought the short on the Avengers movie was a waste of time.

I hope I am proven wrong by Whedon.

Posted by Crom-Cruach

@Target_X said:

Me neither, especially with TV shows. I've found everything he's done on TV to be amazingly corny and cheesball~ish. Yeah, I know that's heresy to a lot of people, but that's just how I feel about it. I will give him Avengers the movie though, it was really well done.

If I expend on my personal opinion of Whedon here, I'll generate a hate storm. That's all I have to say about the matter.

Posted by GrandHarrier

We're adapting this comic... and so we're not taking any inspiration from the comics at all. Sounds logical.

Posted by Maikky

Nathan Fillion as Nick Fury .......


Posted by dreamfall31

Huge fan of Firefly, enjoyed Dr. Horrible, thought Dollhouse had some great episodes but was mediocre overall, and I have no urge to watch Buffy. I consider myself a moderate fan of Whedon because of Firefly and the fantastic job he did with The Avengers, so I am hopeful for the SHIELD series. It'll be cool to have a good comic based TV show on now...Arrow is a big total MEH.

Posted by AskaniSon295

Definately excited for S.H.E.I.L.D and I think Ming-Na will be great on the show, I've been rewatching Dollhouse season 1,season 2 Epitaph Graphic Novel than Epitaph from Season1, Than Epitaph from Season 2. Just I case anyone didn't know the proper watching/reading order for Dollhouse.

Posted by dauntless

well given his history it wil probably be good and then he will kill off the most endearing character but good none the less