ABC Networks recently picked Agents of SHIELD, a spin-off television from Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers. Despite not having an official air date, ABC is already making it’s marketing push. Earlier today, a brief 7-second spot made it’s way around the interwebz, followed by a 30-second spot which aired during the finale of Once Upon Time. The latter of which, you can watch below:
For television, this show looks great. Disney/Marvel have clearly put a lot of effort into it. You can tell the pilot was written and directed by the great Whedon himself. There’s a very Whedon-esque vibe going on here, what with, the snappy action and dialogue that makes you smile. As you can see, Agent Coulson is very much alive, and in good form. I can’t say much for the other cast yet, but Coulson is obviously THE character to watch. It’s also a surprise to see snippets of The Hulk, Thor, Captain America and Iron Man tossed in there. Makes you wonder how involved they’ll actually be? I’m sure, though, these fleeting few seconds is all we’re going to see of the A-Listers. Quick flashes here and there, to remind us that this show is intertwined with Marvels cinematic universe.
There’s a lot riding on this show. Not only is it Whedon’s return to the small screen, but this is also the first superhero show without superheros as the leads. That can be it’s greatest asset, or it’s biggest downfall. Will audiences care to watch a show about the background character from The Avengers? Personally, I think it allows a lot of creative freedom. New heroes/characters can be explored, they can cross-promote the movies, they can run stories that aren’t big enough for the big screen and they can also develop totally new stories.
Bottom line, the series has so much potential. As long as it does not go the direction of Heroes did then we should be fine!
In case you missed it earlier, here’s the full description for Agents of SHIELD:
Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet). From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville”) comes Marvel’s first TV series. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.