Marvel’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV Series Begins Filming Next Year

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am,

There’s a break between when principal photography on the Marvel sequel Thor: The Dark World is expected to wrap and when shooting commences on Captain America: The Winter Soldier in March next year. Rumors that filming on Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man could begin at that point circulated for a while, fueled by the impression that the superhero could hit the big screen before Avengers 2; however, Marvel has set Wright’s project for a Fall 2015 release date instead.

Now, it appears that early 2013 slot is being set aside for Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, which we’re hearing will begin filming as soon as next January.

S.H.I.E.L.D. is developing under Whedon’s guidance, and he’s working alongside his brother Jed Whedon and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen; the trio previously collaborated on the Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog mini-series and Dollhouse TV show, while the latter duo have also written for Starz’ Spartacus. Whedon is planning to direct the pilot (which he’s also co-writing), while Tancharoen and her husband are expected to assume the bulk of showrunning duties thereafter – once Joss starts to work full-time on the Avengers sequel, that is.

Variety‘s Marc Graser has the scoop on S.H.I.E.L.D. starting production in January 2013, so there should be several big casting announcements forthcoming over the next month. So far, Ming-Na Wen (SGU Stargate Universe, Eureka) is confirmed as one of the leads in the show. Meanwhile, Clark Gregg is prepped to reprise his fan-favorite role as Agent Phil Coulson, which is an announcement that has incited much speculation about where the series takes place in terms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) timeline.

Joss Whedon SHIELD TV Series Marvels S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series Begins Filming Next Year

There are still three major character roles on the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series that have yet to be filled (officially, that is), in addition to Wen as Agent Melinda May – who was previously-named as Agent Althea Rice, in character descriptions that were released not that long ago. However, MCU S.H.I.E.L.D. employees such as Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and head Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) are not going to be crossing-over into the show-verse; though, those two will be among the familiar faces that appear in the aforementioned Captain America sequel.

It sounds as though the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show will be arriving on the small screen by the second half of 2013. We’ll update with an official date once it’s announced.

As for ‘Phase 2′ of the MCU: 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, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.


Source: Variety

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  1. Definitely looking forward to it! There hardly anything on TV these days that I actually find worth watching, so the SHIELD series will be a breathe of fresh air!

  2. I was thinking that the ideal time frame to air the show would be summer so this news makes me think it could be possible.
    It could work for ABC airing the show in the summer because they could make an event out of it. Something along the lines of you go see the movies in late spring & summer and then watch the show that fills in the blanks and so on…

  3. Hope they’re not rushing it.

  4. I hope they introduce a lot of lesser-known superheroes and villains to that the MCU can expand a lot more. Iron Fist, Shang-Chi, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Moon Knight, Taskmaster, Batroc the Leaper, and Dreadknight would be cool characters to introduce. Heck, I would love it if they used the show to re-introduce The Punisher, Blade, Daredevil, and Elektra, and could use villains from those franchises too (like Kingpin, Bullseye, Jigsaw, etc.)

  5. This could become another Smallville, in a bad way.

  6. I hope this will be better than “Arrow” :s :s

    • I never saw “Arrow”, but I thought people liked it?

      • Maybe he means Arrow is good but he wants S.H.I.E.L.D. to be even better

      • people do, but i guess not everybody likes the same things. it is a good show, especially for being on CW.

  7. With Joss on the job, I’m looking forward to this. If he wasn’t, I’d be a lot more skeptical.

  8. Sounds like superhero / marvel overload to me, they are already pushing it with Guardians of the Galaxy which nobody has heard of, Arrowe is a typical rushed through tv show, nobody should be using that as an example of good programming, if Marvel insist on making shield then they should look at Breaking Bad or Mad Men for inspiration, Arrow just reminded me of Nikita, lame

    • Arrow is a DC character. Marvel never said they were doing a show that would compete with or be anything like Arrow.

      Also, GOTG is going to be awesome.

      If you don’t like superheros or Marvel, feel free not to watch.

      • Yeah I know, was referring to he above comments, I do like superheroes and I like Marvel, just feels like the market is being over saturised with these types of movies, I l

        • Maybe it is, but that just means you can pick and choose. I, for one, am very picky when it comes to CB movies. Thankfully, the good movies always rise to the top.

      • Any superhero universe storyline + tv budget = certain unpleasant realities.

        • Exactly! Look at Smallville, turned Superman into nothing more than a teen angst, dawsons creek, with some investigating and the odd camera trick for fiery eyes and running fast, yawwwwwn!

          • Both Smallville and Arrow were on CW, which is a small network, with small budget. but SHIELD will be on a major network, so they will have a lot more money to work with.

            All are superhero series, yes, but two is DC on a small network, the other is MARVEL on a large network.

            So there are plenty of differences. And SHIELD will not be about superheroes exactly, not like the other two.

            So I would hold my judgement at least until the pilot.

  9. It just feels like over exposure of a genre that is already packed full of characters and ideas that never fully deliver

  10. Will the avengers be in the show at all or just sheild agents?

    • SHIELD agents most likely, maybe one or two lesser villains and heroes, but we do not know about that yet.

      Definitely none of the Avengers I think.

  11. Breaking Bad Is The BEST Period..