Even before the announcement was made at New York Comic Con, the chants of “Coulson lives!” resounded amongst the Marvel true believers almost immediately after the credits rolled (and the post-credits scene played) on ‘The Avengers’. Now, in the midst of that time of year that producers dread when shows are renewed, picked up, or canceled, things have been made official for Joss Whedon and the whole crew behind ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ on ABC.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news late Friday that the first live-action television show to be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was given a full series order a few months after production had wrapped on the pilot, which is executive produced and directed by the ‘Firefly’ and ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ creator and co-written by the director, his brother, Jed Whedon, and his sister-in-law, Maurissa Tancharoen, who all worked together previously on ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’.
Along with the official announcement came a whole lot of goodies. First, it was revealed that the first bit of footage from the show would air this Sunday, May 12th at 8:00pm before the season finale of ‘Once Upon A Time’. Then, the logo (seen above) and the first cast photo were unveiled by the show’s official Facebook page. Below, you can see the picture featuring veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson, as portrayed by Clark Gregg, in front of his new team:
At this point, everyone knows that Coulson is back and in the spotlight, but for more information on the upcoming show, here’s the synopsis:
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).
So let’s be real for a second here: There’s not a single person out there who doubted that this show would get a series order. Yes, Marvel did seem to be prepared in the event that this didn’t happen, but it was only a matter of awaiting the green light. After all, not only is Joss Whedon is a proven winner on the small screen, but he showed the world what he can do with the biggest guns Marvel has to offer when his record-breaking film assembled some of the biggest names in the superhero world today together in one amazing summer blockbuster. Needless to say, this was a sure thing if there ever was one.
Now that we have our series confirmation and know exactly when we can lay our eyes on a first look, how excited are you for Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ on ABC? Do you plan on tuning in this Sunday? Of course you do. Let’s not kid ourselves. And since you probably can’t contain your excitement, go ahead and let it overflow into the comments.