No, really: Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. is really happening, and Ming-Na is in it!

Post-Avengers, assemble! Ming-Na, well-known for her work on ER, Stargate Universe, and as the voice of Mulan, has reportedly joined the cast of Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. show for ABC, which will also feature Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, who -- surprise! -- survived The Avengers. Ming-Na will play Agent Melinda May, a battle-scarred pilot and weapons expert, in the pilot episode that will be written by Whedon, his brother Jed Whedon, and Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen, all three of whom are responsible for writing Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. The Hollywood Reporter also says that Joss Whedon will direct the episode if he can fit it into his schedule. Considering how Joss Whedon can find ways to squeeze entire movies into his schedule while shooting other movies, I have a feeling he'll probably do it.

But I think the biggest news coming out of this story is that this show -- at least its pilot -- is really, actually coming together! With real live actors in it!

'ER's' Ming-Na Joins ABC's Joss Whedon Pilot 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' [The Hollywood Reporter]


      1. You’re right, my bad. A half-Asian actress was a good half-step towards making up for creating an entire universe where everybody can speak Mandarin Chinese but god forbid you ever see a Chinese person speaking it.

        1. I always found that weird about Firefly. I assumed that it might have be some sort of plot point if the series had gone on. 

          1. Unfortunately, IIRC, Whedon’s explanation was simply that his vision for Firefly didn’t include Asians.

            I really like Whedon’s work. He’s obviously a gifted writer and director. But this is a bad blind spot of his, and he deserves any needling he gets about it.

      1.  …her performance singing “Nobody’s Asian in the Movies” on the commentary musical for Dr. Horrible does at least gently suggest her interest.

  1. I’m probably behind on my geek news regarding the TV show, was it verified at some point that it was in fact taking place after the attack depicted in The Avengers? I thought it was going to show a bunch of prequel stories that predated all the recent Marvel movies. I was’t aware anyone had officially said that Coulson’s inclusion actually meant he survived being “killed” by Loki on the helicarrier?

      1. Interesting! I haven’t seen The Avengers since the couple times I went in theaters, so I haven’t slo-mo’ed anything. Is the clip in question online anywhere?

          1. I haven’t found it yet, just a million repostings of the shwarma shop…let me know if you do! I’m damn tempted to go grab the Blu-ray now, as I was going to eventually anyway.

      2. Thanks for the screencap! I can’t reply to that comment for some reason…anyways now that I know where to look I’ll definitely check out the BD as soon as I can. I don’t recall ANY other agents wearing suits with ties though, right? They were all in that silly looking future GIJOE gear.

  2. You do hope they work in some actual Marvel Universe content, including superheroes into this show.  Otherwise, it’ll just look like a remake of The Man From UNCLE.

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