Channel 4 to screen Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Story by Jack Foley
CHANNEL 4 has won the battle to screen Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, the spin-off TV series to Joss Whedon’s Avengers Assemble.
The channel beat a host of bids, including Sky, to win the rights to screen the eagerly anticipated series.
It also intends to screen the show soon after its US debut on the ABC network on September 24, 2013.
Whedon directed, produced and co-wrote the show, which is the first live action TV series to be produced by Marvel, in conjunction with ABC Studios and Mutant Enemy, Whedon’s production company.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D follows a team of US secret agents working for the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, led by Agent Phil Coulson, played by returning Avengers star Clark Gregg.
The series will follow a team of agents tasked with investigating the emergence of super-humans on Earth, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.
Gregg’s appearance is one of the many secrets surrounding the show, given that he was apparently killed off in Avengers Assemble.
Commenting on landing the show, Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s chief creative officer, said: “Like the superhero universe from which it has come, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is big, bold and absolutely exhilarating.
“Featuring the production values you’d expect from Marvel and ABC Studios, this is family entertainment at its most exciting.”
It is not yet known if any of the stars of Avengers Assemble will appear in the pilot, although rumours are rife that some will definitely feature at some point during the series run.
However, Whedon himself has stated that the series will be largely “autonomous” from the Avengers sequel, which he is also directing and which is due in cinemas in 2015.
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