Extended ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Trailer: Agent Coulson Welcomes You to Level 7

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This past Sunday, ABC and Marvel released a 30-second promo for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; it teased The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon’s new TV series – which is now officially set to air on Tuesday nights beginning in Fall 2013 – and the return of Clark Gregg as fan-favorite Phil “His first name is Agent” Coulson, who is alive and well despite (apparently) having been skewered by Loki’s staff during his last onscreen appearance.

Whedon’s show will reveal the whole truth about Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. head Nick Fury’s deception in the first Avengers movie installment. However, today we have the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. extended trailer, which is focused on introducing the new additions to the Marvel universe – and teasing what life is like, now that the rest of the world knows about the existence of aliens and superheroes - as well as the “unclassified” specimen that Coulson and his team must attempt to keep a lid on.

Rounding out the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast are Ming-Na Wen (Stargate Universe) as Agent Melinda May, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Brett Dalton (Killing Lincoln) as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet (Nashville) as Skye and J. August Richards (Angel) as a yet to be revealed super-powered individual.

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The majority of the extended Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. trailer is devoted to expository dialogue, setting up the characters and establishing the pecking order, with Agent Coulson and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders, who appears in voice-only here) being the top dogs. However, it still manages to slip in some of Whedon’s famous self-aware zingers (“… And what does that mean to you?” “It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out shield”).

Besides the truth about Coulson’s return from the dead, the other big topic – which remains open for speculation – that this promo calls attention to is the identity of Richards’ character. Many fans have already begun to speculate that he could be a well-established Marvel superhero, with the guesses ranging from Luke Cage (doubtful) to the more-obscure Rage (still kind of unlikely).

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Chances are good, though, that Richards is playing a character who was created specifically for the Agents of S.H.I.EL.D. TV show (like most of the main players). Whedon and Marvel President Kevin Feige has gone on record in the past, saying that they’re still working out how to incorporate guest star appearances from residents in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe; that includes, whether or not to introduce iconic superheroes in the TV show.

Then again, the folks over at Marvel have been evasive about their plans before (and flat-out lied in some cases), in order to keep them secret for as long as possible. So, we’ll just have to wait and see…


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

On the film side, Iron Man 3 is in theaters, Thor: The Dark World released on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015, and Doctor Strange sometime after that.

Source: Marvel/ABC

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  1. Not too big a worry about SHIELD going up against NCIS. Battle of the acronyms. ABC will not cancel the show without giving it a chance. It is too important to their line of products.

  2. This show is gonna be on my watch list for sure.

  3. Ok this is looking good now. My skepticism is going away

  4. I’m not a big fan of TV shows, but this I will watch.

  5. Rage did assist The Avengers against The Collector… coincidence? I think not!

    • Or maybe Captain America’s sidekick The Patriot with the suggesting that he carry a shield comment.

      • The Patriot wasn’t his sidekick. He was the grandson of the original Cap America (apparently they tested on African-Americans first) and part of the Young Avengers. Cap’s only recent sidekick was that girl from the whole Onslaught Franklin Richards’s world ordeal. God, I need to get out more.

        • Not to sound stupid, but could you remind which arc this is from? I’m having a total brain freeze. The only little girl I can think of is the mutant in House of M and that’s definitely not what you’re talking about. I don’t really follow the FF, but that sounds way familiar.

          • I looked it up and her name was Rikki Barnes. During the Onslaught ordeal, where Prof X and Magneto combined to make some new entity, Franklin Richards was taken by Onslaught. A lot of heroes were thought to be killed during the Avengers, FF, and others’ fight with Onslaught, but actually Franklin just created an alternate Earth and teleported them there. Rikki Barnes became Cap’s sidekick,just like Bucky.

            Eventually that world was destroyed but Rikki was on the real earth. None of the original heroes remembered anything (it was their cheap way to do a reboot, even though continuity was screwed) but she remembered being Cap’s sidekick. She became a hero on Earth and joined the Young Allies, becoming their leader. Ultimately, she sacrificed herself to kill Onslaught in the last mini series featuring him against the Young Allies and Secret Avengers.

            Yes, it’s sad that I know all this. I am like a living Marvel Wikipedia. At least since 1998, I’ve read just about every title.

            Oh, the Patriot was in the first Young Avengers series. His grandfather was in the original Cap title, and Rikki (Bucky) Barnes was in Cap vol. 2 (or 3) and the Young Allies.

  6. So will the show show real characters from the comics or just start making up heroes and villains?

    • I hope its real characters.. Though there might be a mix of both

      • I’m actually a little excited to see the heroes they could make up. I think that would be badass. With that said I wouldnt mind seein’ a few known characters pop up. Though I think it would be cheesy to see them as their hero alter egos so I’d prefer them as jus’ themselves. But we’ll see I guess.

  7. It comes across to me like X-files mixed with Warehouse 13 with a bit of Smallville on top for good measure… But obviously like so original and Marvel universey Phase whatever blah blah blah.. Lets all bow down to Joss Whedon as he really is that good? Really is he?

    • At a weekly show with an ensamble cast providing adventures in a world he’s passionate about featuring a central “father” figure leading a younger group on wild adventures.

      Yes, Yes he is THAT good.

      There may even be bare feet….

      • It just comes across a bit generic to me… Maybe like many series it will grow into itself and be more individual but 1st impressions seem to lack the punchy newy newness anticipated by the HUGE amount of hype swirling around it… If its up to the standard of Buffy I will stand corrected in my reticence… A final thought is that Joss Whedon may be setting himself up for a fall on Avengers 2 by hyping things up so much so early on he can’t satisfy the viewer, but time will tell.

        • Thing is, I like the looks of this show but haven’t liked or enjoyed any of Joss’ previous television work. It all came off as cheesy and with bad acting and writing IMO.

          I want to like this though but the only Whedon that’s had decent TV in his resume is Jed thanks to him being a producer on Spartacus. Again, that’s just my opinion though. I never understood the hype for Joss or his shows (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse), nor have I enjoyed the X-Men comic books he’s written that I have in my collection thanks to a Marvel Collection thing I subscribe to.

          I’ll end by saying that once again, I hope I enjoy this show because I don’t want Joss to be one of those people whose entire output has been disappointing to me since he does seem to be one of us creative types and I’d love the chance to sit down and pick his brains over a few drinks about anything and everything.

  8. Okay, so I understand that Marvel has the TV rights to Spiderman… but what about the Fantastic Four? The Baxter Building is in that sky-line shot of the city!!!

  9. Yeah!…What! In yo’ face!

  10. I hope the super-powered black dude is the Patriot as someone mentioned previously. This guy is nowhere big enough to play Luke Cage. You need someone who is Mr. T’s size.

    • I don’t think they care about his size. I think the character would go a longer way to show that he isn’t big but yet practically invincible and super strong (Power Man!). I don’t think we have to see every character look like the one in the comics. How doubtful were people of RDJ when he took on Iron Man. The dude is like 5’7-5’8. People had their doubts. Same with Nick Fury, Hawkeye,

  11. I will watch the show and I am eager to see Coulson again but hopefully the acting and the tone improves. It is definitely interesting but there is a certain punch that is lacking for me.

    Some of the acting will hopefully improve as well as production values. But the tones just screams kiddy to me. But I will reserve judgement because I am still very interested.

    Agents of SHIELD vs Arrow this fall

  12. I agree with all you said spiderflan, in recent years like cage has become one of the coolest characters in comics, a wife a child no suit, just a badass guy being a hero and looking out for his wife and child! It would be great for him to be in shield!

  13. I’m gonna say this since it doesn’t look like no one else has but…

    With Whedon being such a huge nerd, is Level 7 in this show possibly based on the infamous Level 7 of the legendary (and more than likely mythical) Dulce base, more popularly known as Nightmare Hall?

    If so then well played sir, I finally gained a shred of respect for you.

  14. I will dvr Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. and watch it later after I watch all of the CBS line-up on Tuesdays(NCIS,NCIS LA and PERSON OF INTEREST,that was moved from Thursday),an all-action kick azz line up for The Eye network,this fall will be very,very interesting for both networks.

  15. For as much as people are talking about who Richards could be playing, I hope he gets some actual screen time to justify all the hype.



  18. Laaaaaaaaaame


  19. This is gonna be awesome

  20. I hope I have enough room on my dvr to record this. I might have to do some tinkering

  21. Couldn’t the black dude be Black Panther?

  22. The dude could be playing Cloak

  23. Just watched the trailer. Almost positive its going to be Luke Cage. Makes the most sense after watching the stuff he did the preview. Plus he is a fan fave that will be easy to introduce using this show.

  24. Don’t get me wrong, it’s looks awesome and I can’t wait to see it, but it looks like an american clone of Torchwood

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