Whedon is returning to the small screen to help create a TV show based on Nick Fury, SHIELD and, by proxy, The Avengers.

Can’t get enough of The Avengers? Don’t like the idea of sullying your anachronistic jock cred by reading comic books? Fortunately for you, ABC has just signed a deal with Marvel Studios to create a TV series based on the exploits of Nick Fury and the international peacekeeping force he operates. Appropriately, the show has been dubbed “S.H.I.E.L.D.” (henceforth “SHIELD” because that punctuation is annoying).

Don’t get too excited just yet, we haven’t even mentioned the best part: Joss Whedon, writer/director of The Avengers and general purpose geek demigod, has agreed to write and possibly direct the pilot.

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