News for the new Marvel series, ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ is becoming more and more frequent lately, largely due to the fact that the pilot episode of the series is said to be shooting in the next week or so. The series, which is being overseen by ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Buffy: The Vampire Slayer’ writer and director Joss Whedon, has been somewhat of a mystery since its initial announcement. But now Paul Lee, president of ABC, and Whedon, have given us some new insight on what we can expect from the series, and when it takes place in the confines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The first bit of news, pertaining to when exactly the series will take place, comes from an interview with Paul Lee over at IGN. Speaking to the website, he had this to say:
There is no question that it is part of the Marvel Universe. In fact, the story takes place after the battle for New York.
That comes as a bit shocking, considering Clark Gregg, who played Agent Coulson in the Marvel films so far, has a prominent role in the series, but due to [SPOILER ALERT, HIGHLIGHT TO READ] his characters untimely death in ‘The Avengers’, it’s very interesting to see exactly how he fits into the series. Is it a flashback? Did Fury lie about Coulson’s death? Or is there more to this whole thing that I’m missing? It’s definitely got me intrigued, and I’m really excited to see how it plays out. [END SPOILER]
Lee then went on to say exactly how the series would fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
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.
That’s great news that the series will have it’s own life, while still adhering to what’s happening in the films. I’m really excited to get to delve into the side of the Marvel universe that doesn’t get a lot of love, and it’ll be interesting to see exactly how this all comes together.
Finally, Whedon weighed in on exactly what we could expect from the series in an interview with MTV:
[We start filming] a week from Tuesday. You have to bring a bit of spectacle to it. It’s got to be bigger than your average cop show. But at the end of the day, it’s about the peripheral people. It’s about the people on the edges of the grand adventures. The whole point of the show is that even with all these big things, the little things matter. It’s about people who don’t have super powers. There will be some people with powers, there will be FX, and there will be the spectacle of science-fiction storytelling, but all played on a very human, small level. That’s the appeal of the thing.
Everything I keep hearing about this series just keeps making me more and more excited, and I can’t wait to see how the pilot episode turns out. The series is presumed to be premiering this fall, during the new 2013 TV season, so we’re still a ways off from seeing the final product. But it’s good to know the series is moving along at a steady pace, and I think it’s safe to assume that the show is going to be very popular with a lot of people, so lets hope it turns out as well as it sounds. I’m also very curious to see which superheroes, or super villains, we might see in the series. With Marvel, the sky’s the limit, so I’m definitely intrigued.
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