The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a little quiet of late, since the release of the brilliant Avengers Assemble (5/5) back in April and the announcement of the second phase of Avengers films at ComicCon in the Summer. Slowly but surely, though, we're getting more announcements trickling out on Phase Two and its spin-offs, something showcased by the new news snippets we've got below. See for yourselves, true believers...
- SHIELD IS BUILDING: Though it's staying under the radar for now, Joss Whedon's pilot episode of the SHIELD spin-off television series is starting to take shape. ABC President Paul Lee has been speaking on the matter, and had this to say: "It's still early days...It's very Joss Whedon. We're optimistic, because Joss is a genius and we love the idea and we love what we've seen. It's a long way to go between now and a successful series. But we are very excited about it."
- NICK FURY'S FUTURE REVEALED: Although many were anticipating Samuel L Jackson filming a host of cameos for upcoming Avengers Phase Two film instalments, that doesn't seem to be quite the case. Jackson was coy, but told us the following details: "I think my next time as Nick Fury is in Captain America: The Winter Soldier because I'm not in Iron Man 3. None of the Avengers are in Iron Man 3, it's a standalone Iron Man movie." We could still guess at a cameo from a superhero character at the end of that film and indeed the unmentioned Thor 2, but it will nevertheless be a shame to get less eyepatches in the next phase!
The S.H.I.E.L.D pilot airs early next year, while Iron Man 3 will release on July 26th, 2013.