After the apparent death of Agent Phil Coulson, many were very surprised to hear that Gregg will be playing the lovable character once again for the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot. It was speculated that the potential series would be a prequel to The Avengers, and then there were the various theories of how the character could be resurrected
Now, when President Paul Lee was asked how S.H.I.E.L.D. would tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he reveals that the pilot will actually take place after the final battle in The Avengers. “There is no question that it is part of the Marvel Universe. In fact, the story takes place after the battle for New York.”
Despite its connection to the MCU, Lee reiterates that it’s more stand-alone. “This is S.H.I.E.L.D. They’re following their own particular stories. There are characters in it, Coulson, who clearly comes from Avengers. So 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.”
Additionally, when asked about the possibility of introducing certain Marvel characters if picked up, “I think if we’re lucky enough to have a great series. At this point though, we have a number of characters at the heart of the script who are the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the first task is to make those guys great and relatable. Beyond that, fingers crossed!” Filming on the Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot will begin next week, with hopes to air on ABC this Fall.