With sequels to
"There will be as much as we can allow," Whedon said during the show's panel Sunday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. "We're still working it out. This is a fluid process. It's a fun opportunity.... It's not the reason behind the show. This show has to work for people who are not going to see those movies or haven't seen them before."
The series finds
Whedon, a fan favorite, co-wrote the pilot with his brother Jed Whedon and Jed's wife, Maurissa Tancharoen. The trio also serve as executive producers.
The drama, slated to air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, has generated much buzz since it was first announced last August even though ABC has shrouded it with much secrecy, finally unveiling the pilot to fans last month at Comic-Con.
Although the drama attempts to bring Marvel's box-office power and comic fan base to the small screen, it's not an
"I don't think we'll make references for the sake of making references," Tancharoen said.
"It's like medical jargon," Jed Whedon added, noting that those who aren't well-versed won't feel completely lost.
The project has benefited from having Joss Whedon's name attached to it -- he also directed the pilot -- but it is unclear how much involvement the busy filmmaker will have in the future.
"As much as an executive producer who's also making a movie" can have, he told reporters. Whedon is in post-production on paranormal romance film "In Your Eyes" and is signed on to a
A caution to those already crossing their fingers for a musical episode of "S.H.I.E.L.D." (in the vein of Whedon's long-over show
"I'm ruling out a musical," Whedon said. "I'm ruling it out."