The story for the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. television series on ABC will be set after the final battle in last summer’s superhero blockbuster The Avengers.
During the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Los Angeles this week, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee spoke with IGN Entertainment about the timeline of the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series.
“There is no question that it is part of the Marvel universe,” Lee confirmed to IGN. “In fact, the story takes place after the battle for New York.”
Both Whedon and Lee insisted that the S.H.I.E.L.D. series would be its own stand alone story and would not interfere with the feature film timelines of the The Avengers related movies.
“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,” Lee continued. “And that’s what Joss Whedon does better than anybody else. He’s built a world for us.”
During the same press tour, Lee revealed ABC is very hopeful that the S.H.I.E.L.D. series will get picked up for an order.
Actor Clark Gregg will reprise the role of Agent Phil Coulson in the S.H.I.E.L.D. series with new cast mates Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons, and Chloe Bennet as Skye.
S.H.I.E.L.D. is expected to debut on ABC in the Fall of 2013.