When Marvel released 'The Avengers' in May of 2012, the superhero movie shattered records, still standing as one of the highest grossing films of all time. It comes as no surprise that Disney and ABC pounced on the film's popularity, signing 'The Avengers' writer and director Joss Whedon to create a television series based in the fictional Marvel universe. The series, currently titled 'S.H.I.E.L.D,' is currently shooting the pilot episode, and is slated to air on ABC in the fall.
Late last year it was announced, much to the delight and confusion of Marvel readers, that Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson) would be joining the cast of 'S.H.I.E.L.D'. Monday, entertainment website TVLine revealed that actress Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill) is currently in talks with ABC to reprise her role as well in the television series.
Smulders recently resigned to appear in the ninth season of the popular CBS comedy 'How I Met Your Mother', where she has played Robin for the entire run of the show. However, in a recent interview Smulders revealed, "The commitments to ('How I Met Your Mother') don't affect it. And I can't really say, but there are definite talks about it."
Television pilots are in constant flux until official pick-ups are made towards the start of the summer. However, with the continuing popularity of the Marvel franchises and the creative power of executive producer Joss Whedon, it seems likely the series will be airing on ABC come this fall.