The upcoming television series, “Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.” has been gaining in anticipation since it was announced that Marvel favorite Clark Gregg would be returning as Agent Phil Coulson. However, questions were abound about when and where the series would take place in regards to the timeline of the films.
IGN recently spoke with ABC President Paul Lee, who definitively stated that the series takes place after the events of The Avengers.
There is no question that it is part of the Marvel Universe. In fact, the story takes place after the battle for New York,” said Lee.
It was also assured that the series would take place on it’s own terms and be it’s own story rather than an extension of the films.
This is S.H.I.E.L.D. They’re following their own particular stories. There are characters in it, Coulson, who clearly come from Avengers. So it’s part of the world, but we’re going to be very, very careful that we don’t tread on the toes of the features and build a whole new world. And that’s what Joss Whedon does better than anybody else. He’s built a world for us.”
One of the bigegest qiestions that has been raised is how the fate of Agent Coulson in the film will be addressed in the series. Coulson, who died in The Avengers, has been confirmed for the series. This question, it seems, will not be addressed until the series premieres or gets closer to its premiere date.
The pilot for “Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.” will begin filming later this month and is expected to air this fall if picked up for series. In the show, Clark Gregg is joined by Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, and Chloe Bennet as Skye. Joss Whedon will direct the pilot and co-write it with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.