Hey, remember that time that Joss Whedon wanted to make a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show and everyone lost their shit? Well that’s happening sooner than you thought. It has been reported that filming for the pilot could start as soon as this coming January, putting it in line with the Fall 2013 season. The idea for a tv show had only come out as an inkling of an idea just a few months ago and now it seems like they’re just about ready to make it happen.
The show will take place in the Marvel cinematic universe where all the events of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers took place. S.H.I.E.L.D. would not have any of the Avengers in the actual show, but it will be tying into a lot of events that happen in the movies. It has been stated that the show will focus more on government agents rather than super-heroes with new characters being created for the show. Agent Phil Coulson, as seen in all the Marvel movies, will be the main character, even though he kind of died in The Avengers. Clark Gregg as the aforementioned Coulson and Ming-Na Wen (Mulan from Mulan and Chun-Li from Street Fighter!), as new character Agent Melinda May are the only known cast members at this time. I also have to imagine that Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury will have at least a cameo or two.
Casting for 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier has also been announced. Frank Grillo (The Grey) has been cast as the assassin Crossbones. It is currently rumored that Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. the Universe) will play Sharon Carter, Peggy Carter’s current day niece/granddaughter/something, and possible love interest to Captain America. Hayley Atwell will most likely reappear as a much older Peggy Carter. News that has seemingly flown under the radar is the casting of Anthony Mackie (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) as the super-hero Falcon.
Anthony and Joe Russo will be taking over as director in place of Joe Johnston. Sebastian Stan will be reprising his role as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier. The movie takes place after the events of The Avengers, so Chris Evans will naturally be joined by Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson as Nick Fury and Black Widow.
The presence of Crossbones, and the obvious introduction of the Winter Soldier, make it clear that the movies will be following Ed Brubaker’s run on Captain America in some capacity. During Brubaker’s time on the title Bucky Barnes was reintroduced as the brainwashed Russian spy, Winter Soldier, and Captain America was assassinated by Crossbones. The rehabilitated Bucky then took up the Captain America identity for a time before Steve Rogers returned from the dead (as comic book characters often do). It’s unclear just how much of this story is planned to be translated to film. I have a hard time seeing them kill Steve Rogers, so the films may never approach that part of the storyline.
In non-Avengers news, Jamie Foxx is currently in negotiations to play the super-villain Electro in the Amazing Spider-Man sequel. It’s obviously still more of a rumor, but it should be an interesting story to follow. Shailene Woodley (the pregnant girl from The Secret Life of the American Teenager) has already been cast as Mary Jane Watson. The plan seems to be to introduce her in the second movie in order to pave the way for a bigger role in the third movie and the death of Gwen Stacy.
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Sally Field will all be reprising their roles. Marc Webb will also be returning as director for the May 2nd 2014 release date.