Production on Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel Studios’ first live action television series, is set to begin very soon. As of now, only a pilot has been ordered for the show, but it has gotten a head start on production over other pilots commissioned by ABC and executives will likely have a decision about it before any other new pilots, plus Joss Whedon is already working on stories for additional episodes.
Though it’s not a guarantee at this point, I think it’s a safe bet to assume this will be picked up to series and go on to be a pretty huge hit. The idea of doing a weekly series based in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an idea that most fans seem to love and is kind of unprecedented in the entertainment world. To my knowledge, there has yet to be a TV series set in the same ‘world’ as various film series with both running at the same time. There’s a whole goldmine worth of things that could be done on this show, and the people in charge know it, but here is a selection of things we want to see on our TVs sometime this fall.
#1 A GOOD EXPLANATION FOR COULSON’S RETURN
It was announced last week that Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. will take place after the events of The Avengers, and the first thing that everyone pointed to that doesn’t make sense already is that Agent Phil Coulson will be one of the stars of the show. As we all know, Coulson died at the hands of Loki in last summer’s film. What this means is Whedon and company will have to think of a way to bring Coulson back to life that is believable and acceptable for the fans.
Many have speculated since his death that the Coulson we saw die was a Life Model Decoy (as mentioned by Tony Stark earlier in the movie). Some also think Fury simply told the Avengers that Coulson had died in order to bring them together for the fight against the Chitauri. Either way, an explanation is needed.
There are a few other ways they could handle his return, one being that the Coulson on the show is the Life Model Decoy and the real Coulson died in the film. This would create a good storyline for the series as the ‘robot’ Coulson could struggle with knowing he is artificial and how that separates him from the other Agents and it also makes him unkillable for the foreseeable future. Another popular theory is that Coulson will return as the Vision, though Clark Gregg has said he has no interest in that idea.
If there’s anyone to trust with bringing the dead back to life it’s Joss Whedon. He successfully brought characters back to life all the time on his previous shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Dollhouse. An interesting comparison here is that one of the times Buffy died, she was replaced by a robot that looked and (somewhat) acted like her.