Originally Posted by OB12
Different situations though. Smallville was on the CW and WB went out of their way to make sure that the show had nothing to do any of the ongoing films based on DC characters. SHIELD is going to be on ABC and backed by Disney and it is tied to the third highest grossing film of all time. SHIELD will have a decent budget if it gets picked up, which it should. I am not worried about the FX for this show at all.
Yeah, Smallville was a TV adaptation. SHIELD is a direct spin-off of a big screen franchise with some of the same actors. In SHIELD you could easily still get even Iron Man appearing (they could either use deleted scenes of him flying from one of the movies or even utilise the same armour FX without even need RDJ to be there).
SHIELD is like Star Trek before the reboot, where the movie and TV franchises could crossover at anytime.