Filming begins for ABC and Disney/Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot next week. While the show hasn’t officially been picked up for series, it’s a safe bet we’ll be seeing something come from it regardless. In an interview today ABC President Paul Lee stated that it was early days for the show and they weren’t sure how it would go. He did say that he knows the script is great and that “Joss is the best.” In the interview, Lee answered one of the biggest questions surrounding the show- when is it set? ABC’s top man says it’s in fact set after the Avengers:
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.
This opens up a new round of speculation since we know Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson will be a major player in the show. Will we see flashbacks? A Coulson computer program? Did he really survive Loki’s fatal blow? We’ll have to wait and see. One of the other questions surrounding the series is if Marvel will us it as a launching pad for smaller Marvel Universe characters. Lee didn’t rule out that possibility:
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!
In another interview today with MTV, Marvel godfather Joss Whedon talked about the show as well. The writer and director talked about how the show is more than an average cop show, it’s a character piece (like most of his shows):
[We start filming] a week from Tuesday. You have to bring a bit of spectacle to [S.H.I.E.L.D.]; 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.
So there you have it. One week until filming starts and we know a little bit more about the show. It will be later this year before the pilot airs if ABC decides to pick it up for series. With all the big names behind it and the money being put into it, I would find it hard to believe ABC would pass on it unless something major happens. What do you think Whedonites? How will the man pull off Coulson’s return?
Source : IGN
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