Meet Grant Ward in New ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Character Video

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After The Avengers stole away with over $1.5 billion at the global box office, it should come as no surprise that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has quickly become one of the most-anticipated television shows of the upcoming fall premiere season. Early trailers for the ABC series hint at a fun twist on the cop drama formula – with super-powered beings and ties to the larger Marvel shared cinematic universe.

Easily the most recognizable face to join the series, Clark Gregg returns as Agent Phil Coulson, a mysterious reappearance that producers promise will be explained at some point in the series. However, the show is not called Phil Coulson: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and despite a starring role for the fan-favorite Phase 1 character, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will actually follow an entire team of the government’s finest.

To help viewers get to know some of the supporting characters that will join Agent Coulson in the fight against terrestrial and extraterrestrial villainy, Marvel has released the first of (presumably) several teaser videos introducing the new S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. While there’s no guarantee that the studio, in partnership with network ABC, will release future Agent intro featurettes, it’s highly likely that more will be unveiled in the build-up to the show’s fall debut.

Agents of SHIELD TV Commercial Meet Grant Ward in New Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Character Video

This first video features Agent Grant Ward (played by Brett Dalton) – a charming but no-nonsense black ops specialist who, based on the teaser video (which you can at the top of the page), appears relatively new to Coulson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. team. Ward is clearly an experienced field operative but his confusion at seeing a “superhero” followed by Agent Coulson’s explanation of “the whole world getting in on the action,” indicates that Ward’s clearance level gets a bump in the pilot episode. Still, judging by his stern approach to spy work, it’s unlikely that future revelations will cause him much pause.

Much of the footage seen in the teaser video has already been shown in prior Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. trailers and clips, but it’s interesting to see them used to highlight what Dalton describes as Ward “not being so great with the people skills.” The teaser once again highlights two of the best moments in prior marketing – both belonging to Ward  - as the Agent gets snarky with new recruit Skye (played by Chloe Bennet) and lists the component words in the S.H.I.E.L.D. acronym only to joke that “someone really wanted our initials to spell out S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Still, many mysteries remain, since the Ward video doesn’t provide any new clues as to the identify of that individual in the yellow hologram or hints as to who exactly actor J. August Richards (Angel) is playing in the show (aside from being the “superhero” Coulson pointed out earlier).

Agents of SHIELD hologram Meet Grant Ward in New Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Character Video

As mentioned, there’s no guarantee that we’ll see further “Level 7 Access” videos for the remaining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that more introduction features are forthcoming – especially for the mainline characters listed below:

  • Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) – Team leader.
  • Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) – Highly trained in combat and espionage (Video Above).
  • Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) – Expert pilot and martial artist.
  • Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) – Brilliant engineer.
  • Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) – Genius bio-chemist.
  • Skye (Chloe Bennet) - New recruit and computer hacker.

We’ll certainly know more when Joss Whedon brings Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to Comic-Con 2013.


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. begins airing on ABC this fall on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

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  1. cant wait, have they started filming the rest of the episodes for the first season yet? I would assume so as it is supposed to premiere in september.

  2. Anyone else think the superhero is Elijah Bradley aka the patriot leader of the young Avengers. He is the grandson of Isaiah Bradley, the black Captain America.

    • If hes the patriot (which should be awesome) that short clip of him saving the woman, he’s already done something cooler than capt america (power wise). I find capt is just not really powerful enough in the marvel movieverse.

    • Hadnt even thought of that one. Hmmm

      • it would make sense for The Patriot to be the first found as he is the Leader of the young avengers. I smell a spinoff show already :D

  3. cant wait for this show. i’m surprised they haven’t done a special screening of the pilot yet, as most networks do.

  4. Wow, such diversity

  5. Can’t wait for this much like I can’t wait for all things Marvel (except for Fox’s X-movies, that is).

  6. I do think its Patriot Elijah Bradley too. Hes too skinny to play Luke Cage

  7. I still say J August Richards is Luke Cage, it seems to be a popular thing now to flat out lie to keep a secret.

    JJ Abrams kept saying the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness wasn’t going to be Khan

    Marion Cotillard kept saying she wasn’t playing Talia Al Ghul

    David Jaffe kept saying his company wasn’t working on a new Twisted Metal game. etc, etc.

    • Terry Cruise for Luke Cage!

      Gotta say every chance I get. Maybe it will happen if I wish hard enough.

  8. I haven’t noticed till now that the female voice in the beginning is Maria Hill’s. Makes sense, since she is traditionally a TV actress and HIMYM is ending. New show for her to be a supporting character on? Or just a beginning cameo?

    • At 0:43, you see that woman on the left about to sit down? She looks like Cobie Smulders to me.

  9. I cannot wait for this show! The more I hear and see, the more I like. I think Marvel has done it right, again. :)

  10. Is it just me or is that hologram totally Namor? The widow’s peak black hair, the pointy elf ears, the golden arm bands, the scale-like texture of his cloths, and his grumpy “Imperious Rex!” look on his face. Totally Namor.

    The surface got invaded and almost blew it. Namor’s gonna come out and be all, “you land lubbers better quit messing with tech you can’t control because it effects Atlantis too.”

    SHIELD agents fight some fish people, then make nice. A whole new arena of the Marvel Universe is open to explore. (And a key member of the Marvel “Illuminati” is introduced.) And now the TV show is worth watching because it effects the movies.

    • I’m probably just seeing what I want to see due to your idea but It does resemble Namor.

      • Which brings up a great thought in itself, “If Namor is accepted as an Atlantean, could that mean that Aquaman could be accepted?”

        Having many of the same characteristics as Namor, but without the popular stigmas of the Super Friends and other mediums in which Aquaman is relegated to being the Sillyhero.

  11. I hope this show rocks my casbah!

  12. Can’t wait to see Agent Phil once a week! :)