New light has been shed upon Marvel's upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. live action TV series. In what might be the most critical bit of info revealed about the show thus far, it seems that, contrary to popular belief, it will take place AFTER the events of mega-film, The Avengers.
ABC president, Paul Lee recently spoke to IGN about the show's connection to Marvel's hugely-popular, canon-coordinated comic book films, to which he would respond:
“There is no question that it is part of the Marvel Universe. In fact, the story takes place after the battle for New York." Adding: "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."
So, if it's not a prequel series, then how is it that Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson, who (and I think we're well past the window where this would be considered a "spoiler,") was killed in The Avengers last year become resurrected to be the show's headlining star?
Well, in the true fashion of fanboy lake-fishing with proverbial dynamite, we're only left with more vexing questions like that.
Already set to begin shooting one week from tomorrow, we know that it will focus on new characters, led by Coulson, who are agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that live in the "Marvel Movieverse" (as I like to call it) under the sublime shadows of larger-than-life titans such as superheroes, green giants, and Norse Gods. However, with no superpowers of their own, this group will need to utilize teamwork with their own individual specialties to get the job done against the toughest of the villain element that are thrown their way.
While the head-scratching return of Agent Coulson will certainly lead to several months of blogger speculation, it could very well be the case that the explanation could come our way as soon as May 3 with Iron Man 3, or even November 8 with Thor: The Dark World. The latter's mystical elements and dealings with dark elves and even Coulson's assailant, Loki could certainly yield something explaining a supernatural revival of Marvel's ass-kicking, wise-cracking talent recruiter.
Just as with the S.H.I.E.L.D. team, coordination between the creative forces will be key. That responsibility has seemingly fallen to The Avengers director, Joss Whedon. For him, the job isn't just to sit and yell stuff in a director's chair for one film, but to serve as an informal conduit for the scattered Marvel film (and now TV) projects that affect "his baby," specifically, 2015's The Avengers 2. Surely, the explanation for Coulson's miraculous return will resonate in a way that makes sense for the entire canon.