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Mark Newton

It's only 837 days until The Avengers: Age Of Ultron is released! Wow, when you say it like that, it really does seem like a long time. Anyway, don't get too depressed, as there's plenty of other Marvel-ous stuff on the way. Take for example, 's upcoming Avengers spin-off TV series, S.H.I.E.L.D. In a recent interview Whedon revealed some more information about this exciting project, as well as some tantalizing tidbits about The Avengers 2.

In regard to the latter, it seems like we've at least got a movie outline. Whedon told MTV a basic script was developed back in December and explained it would be completed "in a couple of months." He also discussed how he imagined approaching this next adventure:

"Don't go bigger; go deeper. All of these people have met, so you have that out of the way. Now you can spend your time just digging in – and by digging in, I mean with a scalpel, to cause pain."

This certainly makes sense. Although The Avengers was still an action-packed blockbuster, it was still in many ways the typical set-up movie. But, with the Avengers now assembled, and Thanos ready to cause trouble, I'm certain The Avengers 2 will be worth the wait.

This just leaves S.H.I.E.L.D. The cast of the ABC show has been steadily growing throughout the last few months, and it sounds like these guys will be taking center stage. Whedon explained:

"It’s got to be bigger than your average cop show. But at the end of the day, it's about the peripheral people... The whole point of the show is that even with all these big things, the little things matter. It's about people who don’t have super powers. There will be some people with powers, there will be FX, and there will be the spectacle of science-fiction storytelling – but all played on a very human, small level."

He also confirmed that the events of S.H.I.E.L.D. will take place after the New York battle we saw in The Avengers. Now, that means we can practically confirm the fate of one important character -- Agent Coulson. We already knew would reprise his big screen character for the TV show; the chronology of the series means Agent Coulson did actually survive his encounter with Loki after all.

Currently S.H.I.E.L.D. has been commissioned as a pilot with no guarantee of a full series, but surely ABC won't send a sure-fire cash-cow like this wandering away. ABC president Paul Lee certainly seems confident we'll get a full series of S.H.I.E.L.D. He told The Hollywood Reporter:

"We're very hopeful that it’s going to go to series. It's a great script. [It is] very Joss. He's able to be intense and epic and suddenly funny and silly. He's got that ability to be super-entertaining and yet super-educated."

We still haven't received an air date for S.H.I.E.L.D., although it is expected to arrive sometime in Fall 2013. Make sure to hit the [[follow]] button to hear about the release date as soon as we do, as well as get set photos and video when it's available.

In the meantime, get discussing what you're looking forward to seeing in S.H.I.E.L.D. To be honest, I'm starting to get more excited for S.H.I.E.L.D. than I am for The Avengers 2. How about you? Let us know below!


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