We all assumed it was a sure thing, but it’s now finally official – ABC has picked up Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a series, debuting this fall.
Co-written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen and directed by Joss Whedon, the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot was filmed back in January – one of the earliest pilots to go into production this year. It was obviously a high profile project, both as an offshoot of the uber-successful Marvel movie series and specifically as a follow-up/spinoff of Whedon’s amazingly huge Avengers movie, the third highest grossing film ever. Along the way, ABC cautioned they had not given the greenlight to the project beyond the pilot stage, but it would have been shocking if it hadn’t been picked up, given all the factors involved. The massive success of Iron Man 3 only cemented the fact that a Marvel-centric TV series was a highly desirable commodity at this point.
This will probably be a really fun show. Now, cross your fingers and start hoping that ABC gives it a big enough effects budget.