Reports are now coming in that the pilot for Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series could begin shooting as early as January 2013. While we’ve known for months that the show would be a part of Marvel’s Phase 2, it was not clear when the series would air. If the pilot really is shooting in January though, we will likely see S.H.I.E.L.D. as part of ABC’s fall 2013 line-up!
Whedon himself will be directing the pilot, as well as co-writing with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. All three will also act as executive producers alongside Jeffry Bell and Jeph Loeb.
As for casting, Clark Gregg is confirmed to be reprising his role as Agent Phil Coulson, with Ming-Na Wen recently cast as Agent Melinda May.
With Whedon being heavily involved in Marvel’s Phase 2, everyone is wondering how much the S.H.I.E.L.D. show will cross over with the Marvel films. Considering Marvel’s track record with post-credits scenes, it is entirely possible that they might use Iron Man 3 to introduce audiences to the new show. Perhaps the film will also reveal that Agent Coulson isn’t as dead
as everyone thought.
Stay tuned for more news on the series as the January start-date approaches!