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Clark Gregg will appear in the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” show

Joss Whedon is working on a “S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV series for Disney, which is wonderful news because Joss Whedon generally makes enjoyable television shows. (He’s not going to be running every aspect of the show, though, because he has that “Avengers” sequel to write and direct between now and May 2015.)

And now the first actor has been cast in the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot: Clark Gregg, the actor who tied together the various “Avengers” prequels (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America”). This has been very big news on the Internet, because (SPOILER ALERT, INSOMUCH AS YOU CAN SPOIL THE THIRD-BIGGEST MOVIE IN HISTORY) Clark Gregg’s character died in “The Avengers.”

Of course, people are running with the “Agent Coulson lives!” shtick online because we have no real idea how the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” show will sync up with the on-screen universe depicted in “The Avengers” and the other movies. (It will likely exist in the same universe without the same actual characters appearing much, if at all, based on what has been reported thus far.) Nobody is saying that Clark Gregg’s character will be resurrected for the TV show and that he will play the lead and that his character’s death never really happened or something. They are merely saying he will reprise his character.

There are a lot of ways this could happen! Clark Gregg could appear in a video recording his character made before dying. Clark Gregg could appear as Agent Coulson’s twin brother, Agent Gil Coulson. Clark Gregg could appear and matter-of-factly explain to the show’s actual leads that he’s an agent with S.H.I.E.L.D. and now he’s off to attend to the story happening in “Iron Man,” because maybe the show precedes the movie chronology or something. Nobody knows! But at least we know that Clark Gregg will appear in something, which is good, because Clark Gregg is a welcome presence in most things.

Joss Whedon and Marvel are making a “S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV show

When Joss Whedon signed a new deal with Marvel to write and direct “The Avengers 2” (or whatever it will be called), he also signed up to help develop a live-action Marvel TV series. (That is to say, a TV series set in the same universe as “The Avengers” and the related movies, not a TV series about Marvel.)

What would the show be about? Nobody knew! But most people figured it might have something to do with S.H.I.E.L.D., the spy organization headed up by Samuel L. Jackson in the movies. And yep, that’s exactly what is happening.

The Toldja Tribune reported on Tuesday night that ABC has ordered a pilot for “S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC, like Marvel, is owned by Disney.) Whedon will co-write the pilot with his brother, Jed, because apparently Joss Whedon has a brother named Jed Whedon, and despite my many years of Joss Whedon fandom, I had no idea that he had a brother named Jed Whedon. One more time: Jed Whedon. Anyway, Joss could also direct the pilot.

We don’t know anything else yet about the show’s premise. Will it be about lower level S.H.I.E.L.D. agents? Maybe it will be set in the S.H.I.E.L.D. cafeteria? Will Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury or any of the other stars make very rare appearances, presumably during sweeps? (I’m already imagining every episode beginning with “Okay, so we just talked to Nick Fury, and he said…” or “Man, that was a crazy fight we just had with the Hulk, am I right?”) Something else to ponder: How will it tie into the chronology and storylines of the movies, considering there are currently four interconnected but distinct film franchises (“The Avengers,” “Iron Man,” “Captain America” and “Thor,” each with at least one sequel in the pipeline, and presumably more to come) and other Marvel movies on the horizon (like 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and any other movie they might make, i.e. “Ant Man” or something)? And we also don’t know when the show will premiere.

But we do know that Joss Whedon is working on another TV series, so that’s good enough for now.