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San Diego Comic-Con hasn’t even begun yet and already some big news has been released about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from the new One Shot short film attached to “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” to where “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” sits in the MCU timeline to when the reason Clark Gregg‘s Agent Coulson is still alive will be revealed.

Fans can thank Entertainment Weekly for these big announcements. First up: the “Captain America” sequel’s One Shot. There’s been a lot of speculation that Hayley Atwell will have a role in “The Winter Soldier” since her character Peggy Carter’s romance with Captain America was cut short in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Turns out she will be in the film — sort of. The One Shot, titled “Agent Carter,” will be about Peggy’s adventures after Cap’s disappearance.

“It’s a year since Cap plunged into the ocean,” Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito tells EW of the plot. “And in our mind, we said there’s a few SSR offices. If you want to relate it to now, it’s like the OSS, the precursor to the CIA. The SSR is the precursor to S.H.I.E.L.D. There’s some satellite offices in New York and right now their primary concern is getting Zodiac. Zodiac in the books has been many many different things. We just want you to know it’s deadly, it’s important, bad guys are guarding it, and it’s imperative she gets it.”

Pictures from “Agent Carter” can be seen over at EW. Meanwhile the magazine also has some intriguing information about “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.” It turns out that the pilot episode of the TV show will take place at the same time as a “familiar” Marvel storyline that’s “not ‘The Avengers.'”

“We plan on trying to weave in between the films and try to make them more rewarding on both ends,” co-showrunner Jed Whedon tells Entertainment Weekly. “In any of these [episodes], you can always ask: ‘Why don’t they just call Iron Man?’ … They are aware of each other, but they do have to have their own lives.”

Another mystery about the show is how Agent Coulson lives following his death in “The Avengers.” That information won’t be revealed in the pilot episode, but his SHILED colleagues do tease he must “never know the truth” about his death. “We can’t wait to pull the curtain back on that,” Whedon says. “We’re going to take our time.”

Posted by:Terri Schwartz