Joss Whedon's "S.H.I.E.L.D." series will feature new characters. In an interview with MTV News, which you can watch below, Whedon said the new series would have to feature new players, despite being set in the "Avengers" movie universe.
"It's new characters. It needs to be its own thing," Whedon said. "It needs to be adjacent [to the MCU] but you don't want to do a show where you're constantly going, 'Iron Man just left, but he was totally here a minute ago.'"
Whedon said the characters need to do their own thing, even though they don't have powers. "That makes them a little bit -- even though they’re a big organization -- underdogs, and that’s interesting to me," Whedon explained.
The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator will write the project with his brother Jed Whedon and Jed's Maurissa Tancharoen. The trio will executive produce the ABC pilot alongside Jeffrey Bell and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb. Whedon will also write and direct the sequel to "The Avengers."
"The important thing to me is that we know what the show is," Whedon told Vulture. "We love what it is. It came together very organically, so when we went in to pitch [to Marvel], it wasn't like, 'We're trying to find this because you want a TV show,' it was, 'Check this out.' And that's a good way to walk in a room."
After the pilot was announced, HuffPost TV couldn't resist coming up with some ideas for the cast. Click through the slideshow below Whedon's MTV interview to see our picks.