We all assumed it was a sure thing, but it's now finally official - ABC has picked up Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a series, debuting this fall.
Co-written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen and directed by Joss Whedon, the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot was filmed back in January - one of the earliest pilots to go into production this year. It was obviously a high profile project, both as an offshoot of the uber-successful Marvel movie series and specifically as a follow-up/spinoff of Whedon's amazingly huge Avengers movie, the third highest grossing film ever.
Along the way, ABC cautioned they had not given the greenlight to the project beyond the pilot stage, but it would have been shocking if it hadn't been picked up, given all the factors involved. The massive success of Iron Man 3 only cemented the fact that a Marvel-centric TV series was a highly desirable commodity at this point.
Clark Gregg reprises his role from the Marvel films as Phil Coulson in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., joined by a cast that includes Ming-Na Wen ("Agent Melinda May"), Elizabeth Henstridge ("Agent Jemma Simmons"), Iain De Caestecker ("Agent Leo Fitz"), Brett Dalton ("Agent Grant Ward"), Chloe Bennet ("Skye") and J. August Richards. While the character names for everyone else have been revealed (and all are apparently newly created for the series), Richards' character is being kept under wraps, leading to speculation he is playing someone from the Marvel Universe.
The first promo for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air this weekend, during Sunday night's Once Upon a Time finale.
Update: ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. website has posted the following S.H.I.E.L.D. ID cards of the cast. While Chloe Bennet's Skye is listed, she has no ID card - the character is a hacker the team meet in the pilot.
Source: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/10/ ... ies-by-abc
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