It’s been two months since production of the pilot of Joss Whedon’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ has come and gone, and we haven’t heard much out of the Marvel camp about what we’ll be expecting.
All of that has changed as the main title Marvel appears to be running towards for the series has now been announced to be ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’. While I’m glad the name will no longer be too basic, at this point, that’s not the real exciting news. What I’m happy to share with you is the unofficial (though probably final) description of the show itself.
The team will consist of five members that Agent Phil Coulson has put together to help deal with super powered related cases that the agency has to work on. There is still no official word on how Coulson is going to still be alive, but I’m eager to see how regular agencies (even as one as advanced as S.H.I.E.L.D.) will have to react to the work of super powered heroes and villains. I’m hoping we’ll see references to minor Marvel heroes and villains in here, though there’s been no word if we’ll see guest appearances by any of the major players in the Marvel Universe.
Here’s the synopsis for the series:
Joss Whedon 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 superheroes, 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.
I don’t know how Whedon has the time to fit anything else onto his already overflowing plate but I have faith that one of the Kings of Geekdom can pull it off!
With the success of Marvel on the big screen, I can’t wait to see how well they duplicate it on the small one. It’s the perfect launchpad for further tying together the world that Marvel has created. In the long term, I suspect that it’d be a springboard to launch new characters and give fans of the Marvel Universe small winks and knowing nods with what may show up on random screens or files that the cast could be looking at.