It has been confirmed that Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series will be set after events of The Avengers.
Speaking to IGN, ABC President Paul Lee confirmed that the show will be a part of the Marvel Universe, and takes place after the battle in New York as seen in the superhero ensemble.
“There is no question that it is part of the Marvel Universe. In fact, the story takes place after the battle for New York….“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.”
The show is due to begin filming next week, but as of yet has not been picked up by any television networks, though it’s association to Marvel alone is expected to be enough to change that. Lee though, is remaining cautious;
“It’s the early days. We don’t know if it’s going to be everything we hope it’s going to be. We know the script is great. That’s all we know at this point. And we know Joss is the best! I think if we’re lucky enough to have a great series, we’re obviously having fun with that. At this point though, we have a number of characters at the heart of the script who are real characters, who are the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the first task is to make those guys great and relatable and everything that a great show needs. Beyond that, fingers crossed!”
The confirmation that the show is not a prequel to events in Avengers, as well as Clark Gregg’s confirmed return as Agent Coulson does raise questions, primarily how Coulson – seemingly killed by Loki in the film – makes a return. All will be revealed.