Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. Television Series Begins Production; Official Twitter & Facebook Pages Launch

Marvel's plans to transition their popular Cinematic Universe to television will begin with The Avengers' director Joss Whedon's upcoming series based around the clandestine government agency S.H.I.E.L.D.

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From writer/director Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Firefly, Buffy) comes the first live-action television series from Marvel and Walt Disney Entertainment. Whedon will write and direct the pilot and executive produce the series -- which centers around the happenings of S.H.I.E.L.D., the government's clandestine Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, after the events of The Avengers film. Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb are producing as well.. Originally created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, S.H.I.E.L.D. made its first comic book appearance in Strange Tales #135 in 1965.

The series will star Clark Gregg, reprising his fan-favorite role as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, along with newcomers Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons and Iain De Caestecker Agent Leo Fitz. Though still unconfirmed, cameos of superpowered heroes from Marvel Studios' film franchises is all but certain.

Production of the series began today in Los Angeles, and Marvel has launched official Twitter and Facebook pages so that fans can keep up to date on filming.

No air date has been scheduled for the series' pilot yet, which will air on ABC.