S.H.I.E.L.D. (Almost) Picked Up For Full Series

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UPDATE: ABC have now announced that they’ve picked up the show, so it’s official!

 

There was little doubt that when a S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot went in to production ABC would eventually request a full series. Much to our relief it’s looking more and more likely that this will be the case. Unfortunately it seems tricky to find an official word on the matter. Some  news sites are reporting that it’s already happened while others who have spoken to ABC are only saying it’s “likely”.

There are rumours going around (again all news surrounding this right now seem very hazy) that a preview for S.H.I.E.L.D. will air during the finale of Once Upon A Time on May 12th. There was also a short promo that was shared by Clark Gregg himself but has since been taken down. The video however was rather intriguing and featured what eagle-eyed fans recognised as The Abomination. It was suggested that the footage was merely pulled from The Incredible Hulk but we’ll have to wait and see before we’re totally sure.

clark-greggThe show’s official title is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and some believe the timing of these (possible) announcements is down to Iron Man 3′s huge success. But even before then it was obvious to everyone that this would be a show destined to succeed. Not only does it have ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe but the pilot has also been developed by Joss Whedon.

As things progress however the majority of the writing and show-running will be handled by Maurissa Tancheroen and Jed Whedon. So even when Joss has to head back to movie land, the show’s still in safe hands (these guys are basically “Team Whedon” after all).

Cameos from the big-players seem highly unlikely at this point (except Cobie Smulders maybe). But Whedon has made it clear that he wants this show to stand on its own merit and honestly that’s the best way to go. When asked about cameos Whedon has said the following:

What we’re trying to do is open the door for that — but that’s not the door to the main room. The big house is that ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ has to work on its own. It can’t be an Easter egg farm. It’s got to be a show with characters you care about week to week, that if you’ve never seen a Marvel movie you can turn into.

The pilot for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has already been completed and stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge.

Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet). 

Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of super heroes, aliens and the unusual – of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered S.H.I.E.L.D agents – that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world. 

Sources: IGNi09, Zap2it

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