We're wondering how Joss Whedon and his fellow writers are going to get out of this one. It was confirmed on Friday that the upcoming TV series, "Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.," will take place after "The Avengers."
They're going to have to figure out a way to resurrect Agent Phil Coulson, if that's the case. Killed in the aforementioned movie, he's also been confirmed to be in the new series.
As we've said before, in the comic books -- and thus in comic book universes on TV or in the movies -- no one is ever really dead. Thus, Coulson could be resurrected in any number of ways.
ABC President Paul Lee said quite clearly:
There is no question that it is part of the Marvel Universe. In fact, the story takes place after the battle for New York.
Lee also re-confirmed Coulson's role and added that the series will exist as part of the Marvel Universe, but without contradicting feature film storylines:
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.
The pilot for "Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D." will begin filming later this month. If (when?) picked up, the series is expected to debut this fall.
In the show, Clark Gregg (Coulson) is joined by Brett Dalton (Agent Grant Ward), Iain De Caestecker (Agent Leo Fitz), Elizabeth Henstridge (Agent Gemma Simmons), Ming-Na Wen (Agent Melinda May), and Chloe Bennet (Skye).
Joss Whedon will direct the pilot and is co-scripting it with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.