Several months have passed since word first dropped that Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon and Marvel were developing a television series centered on the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization that brought Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk together in last year's biggest blockbuster. The project has slowly but surely come together – securing a cast led by Ming-Na Wen and fan favorite Clark Gregg – and staked out a fall 2013 premiere.
Now, shooting has actually begun on S.H.I.E.L.D., as has the social media marketing campaign.
According to the show's freshly launched SHIELD TV series Twitter account:
Shooting is officially underway. More to come #SHIELD
— S.H.I.E.L.D. (@ABC_SHIELD) January 23, 2013
At the moment, the feed is populated largely by recommendations to follow the cast and crew at their various accounts, who also happen to be sharing little teaser photos from the set. However, in the months to come, the S.H.I.E.L.D. Twitter page (along with the corresponding Facebook page) will prove a source for several behind-the-scenes scoops as details about the series' plot begin to trickle out.
All we really know about the story of S.H.I.E.L.D. is that it will take place after the events in The Avengers. This allows for references to and potential appearances by any of the characters featured in the films, but it also raises the bigger question of precisely how Agent Phil Coulson (Gregg) will factor into the show, a question on which we at Screen Rant have already speculated.
It's also noteworthy that ABC has only committed to producing the pilot. A full season pickup for S.H.I.E.L.D. is probably a foregone conclusion however, as ABC President Paul Lee is confident in the project.
In addition to Gregg and Ming-Na, the series will star Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker and Chloe Bennet. Stay tuned for further details on S.H.I.E.L.D. and its expected premiere in fall 2013.
Meanwhile, Phase Two of Marvel's Cinematic Universe launches with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, followed by Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.