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Joss Whedon took the Marvel Cinematic Universe to new heights this year, with The Avengers becoming the third-highest-grossing film of all time, and he’s set to return to write and direct the sequel for 2015.

The studio recently announced their intentions to expand the Universe to the small screen, and have set Whedon to create a new S.H.I.E.L.D. TV programme, with ABC ordering the pilot. Whedon will write the script with brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), and if all goes well with his schedule, he’s expected to direct the pilot, too.

It’s been two long years since we last saw his work on the small screen in Dollhouse, and I can’t wait for him to return to the medium that he first really made a name for himself in. Despite their inexplicable tendency to be cut short in their prime, Whedon’s programmes have been some of the finest of all time, and he’s naturally developed an immense and deserved cult following.

The coming series is set to be independent of The Avengers (though an occasional cameo from one or two of the stars would of course be very welcome), and for the time being, the shape it will take is entirely unknown. Nonetheless, his past track record shows how much he likes collaborating with a similar cast and crew, and so without any idea of what specific roles will be called for, here are seven people I would love to see in the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. series.

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7. Eliza Dushku

Dushku has worked with Whedon almost from the beginning, entering Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Faith early in Season 3, going on to reprise her role in a half-dozen Angel episodes, and most recently leading Dollhouse as the increasingly self-aware Echo.

She’s one of a few actresses capable of convincingly bringing action and energy to the screen in spades, giving off the ‘force to be reckoned with’ vibe with seeming ease, and would be a perfect part of the cast, on either side of the law.

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