One of the ‘Big Questions Facing Movie Geeks’ in 2013 concerns Marvel’s ability to build on the runaway success of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. Impending Iron Man and Thor standalone movie sequels will provide a partial answer later this year, but the issue won’t be completely addressed until final results from Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. television series are in – beginning with, whether or not ABC elects to acquire the pilot to series.
Network president Paul Lee remains publicly hopeful about S.H.I.E.L.D. going to series, but a final decision has yet to be made. In the meantime, though, we can confirm that production has indeed wrapped on the pilot episode, some 3-4 weeks after principal photography began (and the show’s social media campaign was launched).
The cast includes Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson (whose return in a post-Avengers universe remains unexplained for now), alongside Chloe Bennet (Nashville), Iain De Caestecker (Young James Harriot), Elizabeth Henstridge (Hollyoaks), Ming-Na Wen (Eureka) and Brett Dalton. Meanwhile, Samuel L. Jackson has indicated he’s game for showing up as S.H.I.E.L.D. head Nick Fury – in person or by providing opening voiceover – and Cobie Smulders says there are ‘definite talks’ for her to appear as Agent Maria Hill down the line (again, assuming the show is picked up).
Co-showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen posted an Instagram photo to announce the completion of production. Moving left to right in the image below, you can see the S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producers Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Heroes), Joss, Tancharoen and her husband/Joss’ brother Jed Whedon, and Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias).
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S.H.I.E.L.D. (if picked up) premieres this Fall and is one of the most anticipated TV shows arriving in 2013.
On the Marvel movie front: Iron Man 3 releases May 3rd, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015.
Source: Maurissa Tancharoen