5 Reasons Why S.H.I.E.L.D. Really Is The Hulk TV Show
The S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot just recently wrapped with all indications that the new series will debut this Fall on ABC.
Not much has been stated regarding the plot other than it features Agent Coulson from The Avengers movie as well as a group of agents not previously seen before.
And I think that's all we know.
Seems the secrecy surrounding S.H.I.E.L.D. is befitting of an organization called the Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division.
However, perhaps we already know what the show is about -- and that's the Hulk.
There's been plans for a Hulk TV Show for some time, maybe it just became S.H.I.E.L.D.
Let's put the clues together.
1. JOSS WHEDON
Probably the #1 clue that the Hulk could be involved is that what we have been hearing all along -- its waiting on a certain writer. Well, is it Joss Whedon?
We've been getting smidgets of updates from Guillermo Del Toro who let it be known that after The Avengers he had a meeting with Marvel where he said they were waiting for a certain writer in order for the Hulk show to progress.
Well, following the billion dollar blockbuster, Whedon wasn't onboard for The Avengers 2, but did eventually sign on in August for a three picture deal and involvement in further Marvel Studios properties.
Del Toro recently stated he hasn't heard much about the Hulk show.
Why? Because it's S.H.E.L.D.?
Let's check the rumor mills.
Remember that Roger Wardell twitter account that seemed to be spilling the beans on Marvel Studios plans? Here's an interesting tweet:
Will Josh Whedon's tv show be the Hulk show? Or something else all together? You'll just have to wait and see.
Well, going back and checking out Wardell's tweets is rather interesting. There's mention of a Black Panther movie script. Recently Thor 2's Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje said he wants to play Panther, and that he is in talks with Marvel Studios to play another character.
That's not all we got from Wardell as he stated Radioactive Man wouldn't be Chen Lu (it's Dr Wu) in Iron Man 3 and that Killian will be connected to AIM (AIM set pics have been released).
Wardell also tweeted that Cobie Smulders will be in S.H.I.E.L.D. She is.
And Wardell's twitter handle has featured a Planet Hulk pic all along (more on that below).
3. MARVEL COMICS
Another place we can look is the Marvel Comics.
I am of the opinion that Marvel Comics is following Marvel Studios to the "tee."
We've already seen a new Nick Fury to resemble Samuel L. Jackson, Agent Coulson is now an official Marvel comic book character, Iron Man is a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy and by all indications will be in the movie, etc.
So let's check out the new Marvel NOW! Indestructible Hulk comic book from Mark Waid.
Check out the following description:
Hulk - Indestructible force more weapon than man. Banner – smartest man alive. Combined they are the Strongest, Smartest Weapon on the planet! And NOW! the INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK is an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
There you have it.
We're not done yet, though.
4. VIDEO GAMES
Let's head on over to the Marvel video games division.
There's a pretty cool mobile game called Avengers Initiative. Here's that description:
Avengers Initiative burst onto the mobile scene on September 6, 2012 as Marvel’s first episodic game created exclusively for mobile devices. The first installment of the series centers on the Incredible Hulk, fittingly one of the most groundbreaking characters of the Marvel Universe. With visual and combat controls suited for consoles but fit for a finger, players adopt the Hulk identity to confront the barrage of super-powered criminals who have escaped from a top-secret S.H.I.E.L.D. holding facility. The Avengers Initiative project promises more story, gameplay and free content over the coming months.
What's Mark Ruffalo have to say about the Hulk TV Show? Previously he made mention that the Hulk's movie career may be done, but a visual effects supervisor on The Avengers gave out an interesting tidbit. Talking with HighDefDigest about the Hulk visuals, while what he said didn't sound too promising for a TV show, he did state something interesting with, "It would be a matter of trying to build off everything we did for the movie and then get him in there, get him lit."
So I think after learning things like that, if you’re talking about a TV schedule and how fast you need to turn around production, it would be a matter of trying to build off everything we did for the movie and then get him in there, get him lit. You wouldn’t have time to do all the really detailed shape and frame corrections we do.
Regarding the "time" element, it could be they have been working on the Hulk all along. We did hear that the Guardians of the Galaxy movie has been in pre-production for months with filming is not set to begin until this June, and the movie includes two CGI characters with Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
And there's also the rumor that Marvel Studios is building up the Hulk for their Phase 3 plans.
Question is: Is Mark Ruffalo onboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series?
I think all we know is that Ruffalo is signed on for a 6 picture deal.