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Everyone is waiting for it and everybody wants it, but it’s still months before we get to see it.  I am speaking of Josh Whedon’s upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. television show, of course.  Now, a little more news from the deep voids of the Internet, an ABC press release that reveals the new show’s official title and gives us a bit of a synopsis.  Check it out below:

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.

So, it looks like the new title could be Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or maybe just Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?  I only question because they tagged “Marvel” onto the front of The Avengers as well, so it could just be a way to let people know that the two things are connected.

As far as the synopsis goes, it ain’t much that we haven’t already heard of.  Then again, this press release was put out there to attract advertisers, so it’s not really an information-packed piece of writing.  But it’s about as good as we’re gonna get until (Marvel’s) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hits the airwaves come this fall.


Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.

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  • BrashHulk

    You should be beaten severely about the head and neck for calling Whedon “Josh”… we may have to revoke your Nerd card. Regardless, thanks for the article.

  • Gentek

    Just tell me it’s going to be on Fox

    • TheOtherNewestOne

      That’s not even a little funny.

  • It was called “Marvel’s the Avengers” because of the BBC show called “The Avengers” which later turned into a movie called “The Avengers” staring Sean Connery and Uma Thurman It was an awful movie that’s why most people forget about it.

  • Pretty sure the only reason the movie was titled “Marvel’s the Avengers” (or in UK it had to be titled “Avengers Assemble”) is because “The Avengers” is already taken by that bad UK movie starring Uma Thurman & Ralph Fiennes. They could simply call this show “SHIELD” (or it’s probably going to be ABC’s SHIELD, haha) and we’d understand. But if this isn’t going to include ANY superheroes (or villains) at all, it sounds like it’s going to be a tad boring and forced compared to what I was hoping for as a comicbook movie enthusiast.

    Aside from Agent Coulson, all the other characters are obscure names that I doubt anybody that hasn’t read any comicbooks would know about; I looked them up on since I myself never read any comicbooks but only collected all the trading cards as a kid. So why not throw in some obscure superheroes too? Or even throw in some of the more familiar SHIELD agents that might not have room to appear in the movies? My 1st choice that comes to mind would be Agent Barbra Morse (aka Mockingbird aka Hawkeye’s future wife); if Cap’s Agent Sharon Carter wasn’t being introduced in the Cap sequel this is the spot where I would’ve introduced her to audiences too (since Emily Van Camp is a TV actress, of course). Maybe because it’s an ABC show first that there’s copyright infringement issues between them and Disney/Marvel I’m not aware of. I just hope they’re not doing it because they plan to use those characters in the movies soon enough.

    I can only hope, also, that maybe some of our fan favorite superheroes/Avengers might make surprise guest-starring appearances? You can’t deny that Chris Evans’s Cap having a guest-starring cameo (even simply as civilian Steve Rogers), or Sam Jackson’s Director Fury (or Smulder’s Agent Hill, since she is a TV actress 1st) making an appearance or any other Avenger (hell, we all know we’d flip our lids if Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark dropped in for a consultation, since he was titled as “the Consultant” before officially being recruited) stopping by to check in with the agency or lend a hand would be super awesome. Please please please?

    • If you’re a fan of Whedon’s other shows (Buffy, spin-off Angel and the cult Firefly), then you can at least hope the signature character banter & interaction we’ve seen in those shows (and between the Avengers in the film) will be a staple of this show as well. That will provide for some enjoyable entertainment amongst what I hope will be some cool action scenes, as Clark Gregg can be a funny guy when necessary. Ever try to watch Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’s show “The New Adventures of Old Christine”? At least he’s funny and likeable in that.

    • Deku-Johnny

      It wasn’t renamed Avengers Assemble because of the terrible Uma Thurman film, it was renamed because of the fantastic 60’s TV show.

      And it’s not going to be boring, it’s not going to be some generic cop show. It’s still going to have powered villains, aliens and other sci-fi elements. Maybe it will have lesser known superheroes in one or two episodes, that hasn’t been ruled out yet. Perhaps Falcon who is going to be in Cap’t 2 might make a cameo or something who knows?

  • Ugh… that synopsis was so damn cheesy.

  • Meatpuppet

    Which of his two formulas for a story will he use? His firefly formula or his buffy one?