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Joss: Avengers unlikely for SHIELD

Joss Whedon has revealed he will not be asking the stars of the Avengers Assemble movie, such as Samuel L Jackson and Scarlett Johansson, to appear in Agents Of SHIELD.

The Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator attended a press conference in Beverly Hills at the weekend for the launch of the new ABC show, a TV spin-off of the Marvel comic book movie.

Joss told Entertainment Weekly he'd love for the movie stars to make cameos in the show but added: "I'm not going to go begging or use up favours I need for Avengers 2."

The writer and director also admitted he will not be directing every episode of the show, as he has movie projects such as the Avengers Assemble sequel to focus on.

Joss, who directed the pilot, said: "I don't think it will happen again for the next couple years, because I'm getting behind another camera in another country."

But he insisted: "I'm reading every script, every story, and giving notes and re-writes. I just can't be in the room every day. The group I have [including showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen] shares this hard-to-convey idea of how I want the show to feel."

Producers admitted the idea for the show stemmed from the desire to resurrect Clark Gregg's character, Agent Phil Coulson, after he was killed off in Avengers Assemble.

Executive producer Jeph Loeb revealed: "There was never going to be a show called Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD without Clark. That's the way it started.

"We knew we wanted Clark. And then Jed and Maurissa and Joss came up with all these wonderful characters that are aboard the bus and will take us each week to a brand new epic adventure."

SHIELD picks up where the film Marvel's The Avengers left off, tracking a team of skilled agents who investigate super-human people around the world. It starts on US TV in September.

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