Marvel's Phase Two: 'Thor: The Dark World,' 'Cap 2: Winter Soldier,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Avengers 2' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

(TV series, date TBD)

Poster for 2012's 'The Avengers'

Poster for 2012’s ‘The Avengers’

While not technically part of the Phase Two cinematic realm, this in-the-works TV show is still set in the same series of connected stories.

The Marvel universe expands to television with this ABC series focusing on the non-superpowered humans of the global police force known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg, who played beloved (and highly efficient) Agent Phil Coulson in The Avengers, will be returning to star in the show, which has been co-written and produced by Joss Whedon, who also directed the pilot.

Given how many characters Marvel Studios controls, and the fact that they only want to produce two films a year, could we see some of the as-yet-unused heroes – like Black Panther — turn up here?

“If that works the way everyone expects it to work I think that would open up another avenue, another outlet for some of those characters,” Feige acknowledes. “Maybe they guest star, I don’t know. I think they’re avoiding the cameo of the week on that show, which is very smart.”

The only other major question, still unanswered for sure — though there are lots of theories: How does Agent Coulson return after his seemingly final fate in The Avengers?

But, well, there is one other question: Would Robert Downey Jr. ever return to TV for a guest appearance as Iron Man?

EW asked him straight-up. Downey Jr.’s response: “You know what? There’s no telling. I am open to everything.”

It’s not very likely. But at the very least, it’s also not a hard “no.”

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