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My Spidey Sense Is Tingling

ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Gets A New Name And Agent Coulson-Heavy Synopsis

Yeah, I guess this needed to happen. 

ABC All Access posted an official synopsis for Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. project. Previously, we were all calling it S.H.I.E.L.D. but the title has been spruced up a bit in order for non-geek folk to know what the heck the show is about as quickly as possible. Hence, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Joss Whedon (MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) shows us not all heroes are super with MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D.  He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown.  That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of Super Heroes, aliens and the unusual – of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered S.H.I.E.L.D agents – that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world.

Executive Produced and co-written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse, Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias) and Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Lost, Heroes) comes Marvel’s first live-action TV series, MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

We already knew Coulson was going to have a role in the series, and Gregg was still keeping fairly tight-lipped about his involvement recently, but this makes it sound as if he’s the main cheese. And I am totally ok with that.

(via io9)

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  • Anonymous

    Still no word on who J. August Richards is playing? Maybe a young Fury in flashbacks or something (I don’t think Sam Jackson will be appearing all that much in the show, if at all).

  • TKS

    “Fresh off the Avengers?” Is that just television speak for “the last thing the character was featured in” or is it narratively important?

  • TKS

    Every time I watch a Joss Whedon show, I find myself saying “they need to be in more stuff” about certain actors.perhaps most, Amy Acker and J August Richards.

  • Matt Graham

    Sounds like TV speak to this screen writer.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s both: ‘hey, he was in this movie you have probably seen or at least heard of’ and also ‘this series starts in the aftermath of the aforementioned movie.’

  • TKS

    That’s what I was thinking. With how much of an impact Coulson’s death had on the fandom, and with how many fan theories it generated, it would seem odd to say “b-dubs, Coulson’s fine” in a plot synopsis for a television show that doesn’t even have a start date…

  • Min Dean

    Sounds like Torchwood.
    Which I’m totally fine with.

  • Hannele Kormano

    Since Torchwood borrowed more than a little from Buffy, I am _definitely_ OK with Joss’s official take XD

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully less heartbreaking than Torchwood. Then again, Joss Whedon.

  • Travis Fischer

    I’m not sure Amy Acker has slept since Angel. She shows up everywhere. You can bet she’ll probably get a supporting role in SHIELD at some point.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, if it were Whedon I might suspect it was a clue, but in an ABC press release it just seems like laboured writing.

    “Let’s mention Clark Gregg’s role in the Avengers… no, by character name! And reference box office numbers in the same sentence!”

    “Wait, are we talking about our universe or the movie universe?”


  • ALittleBitNerdy

    3/5 of the main crew is women! As usual from Joss :)

  • Laura Truxillo

    Also less about sexy sexing sexy sex. (And hopefully the main cast won’t all seem like terrible people for the first several episodes.)

  • TKS

    I think the television show and the movies are supposed to be in the same universe. That’s how they pitched it, anyway.

  • Anonymous

    If Joss really wants to break new ground this time, he’ll have Skye show the rest of the team how to use quick keys.

  • Anonymous

    Point. I should have said “fictional” instead of “movie”, really. :P

  • Anonymous

    YES. I only watched the first episode of Torchwood because of that. Also the whole use artifacts on people to rape them, super gross. I don’t wish to follow around abusive/rapist “heros”, thank you very much.

  • Anonymous

    I cannot wait for this show. PLEASE, please please please, let this be on Hulu!!

  • Travis Fischer

    It is on ABC and I think they’ve got a pretty good deal with Hulu. Once Upon A Time and Castle are ABC, right? Don’t they get put up on the same night?

  • Anonymous

    Not sure. But we can only hope!

  • Guest

    Am I the only one who noticed Jeph Loeb is involved?

  • Alasdair Murray

    I’d hope it will be better than Torchwood. That show was embarrassingly bad. But it’s Joss, so fingers crossed…

  • Nirali

    YAY!! SON OF COUL IS MY LOVE!! I hope that Clint makes a cameo in this, pinacoladas ftw

  • Mr The Batman

    I’ve been out of the loop for a while. Was it revealed how Coulson would be coming back? Is this set before Avengers?

  • Anonymous

    Yay scientists! Extra yay for lady scientists!!

  • Lisa Still Smouldering

    Well, you can’t kill Coulson twice!

    …can you? Can you?? Buffy? Oh shiiii~