The mystery of what Joss Whedon's Marvel Universe-inspired TV project will be is now solved, and ABC has already gone through with a pilot order.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news tonight that Joss will be writing a S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot with his brother Jed Whedon and his wife, Maurissa Tancharoen. They previously collaborated on Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Jeffrey Bell and Marvel's Jeph Loeb will be executive producers. If there is room in his schedule, Whedon will direct.
S.H.I.E.L.D. is the espionage agency of the Marvel Universe under Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury. No word yet on if Jackson will appear in the pilot or the project, but we'll surely and hopefully be learning more soon.
(One question, though: If The Avengers TV series meant they had to say "Marvel's The Avengers," does this mean that, with The Shield already existing, it will have to be "Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.?")