New ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Image Gallery; Will Air on Tuesdays This Fall

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The Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement Logistics Division (or, as Agent Coulson once told Pepper Potts, “Just call us S.H.I.E.L.D.”) is the glue that holds Marvel’s Avengers universe together. Hence, although it barely even got a mention during Iron Man 3, the organization will be in the middle of the action in upcoming Phase II installments (especially in next year’s sequel Captain America: The Winter SoldierHowever, before then, its employees are going to be featured in their own television series, called Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

ABC officially picked up Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. late last week before it premiered the teaser trailer, which highlights the return of Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson (see the clip below) after his faked demise in The Avengers. The network has since then confirmed that Joss Whedon’s superhero/secret law-enforcement agents TV series will air at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday nights, beginning in the Fall 2013 TV season.

We have brand-new images depicting the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast in the show, in addition to character profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at Whedon filming the pilot. You can inspect those at your leisure in the gallery below, following the official synopsis and character rundown for the TV series:

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).

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. appears to feature Whedon’s hallmark witty dialogue, character-driven storytelling and overall sense of fun, similar to that which earned his previous genre TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly loyal cult followings. However, the Marvel series has much improved production values and a larger effects budget, when compared to either of those series; not to mention, it seems Whedon has much more creative control than on his last show, Dollhouse (though, on the flip side, that means network interference can’t be blamed if the final result this time is another mixed bag).

The filmmaker has completed the first script draft for The Avengers 2 and will start pre-production/filming while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s first season is still just part-way done. Co-showrunners Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Jeffrey Bell (Angel) and Jeph Loeb (Smallville) will be in charge of keeping everything running smoothly while Joss is away. Best of luck to them, in that endeavor.

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

Source: Marvel/ABC

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  1. SHIELD did get a mention in Iron Man 3. Tony searched the SHIELD database when investigating the bombing.

    • That’s right, I forgot about that, sorry.

      The article’s been changed to reflect that.

    • Yep, they pulled Extremis from every major agencies database and mentioned SHIELD by name. I was going to mention that when everyone was crying about it in the article but, really, I don’t care that much about the whiners. They will find something to complain about. I guess, to be fair, they may have been talking about SHIELD’s absence in assisting Tony.

  2. DEAD ON ARRIVAL

    Even before it airs.

    It is a show that will be put on at 8 or 9pm.

    SHIELD Vs NCIS?

    No competition.

    SHIELD VS NCIS LA.

    No Competition.

    • Just wait for the marketing campaign to fully kick in. This’ll be advertised as the epilogue to The Avengers (the third most successful movie of all time). Marvel’s always been good at “selling” their “product”.

      Anyways, didn’t people say Arrow would never make it? Isn’t that’s already scheduled for a second season? ;)

      • what avenger said just like arrow shield is gonna prove everybody wrong and is gonna be pretty darn awesome

        • You are talking about the same Arrow, the one on CW? Sure, I guess it’s awesome if you are between the agest of 11 and 13. It wouldn’t work on any other network.

      • Arrow is in the CW.

        SHIELD is going up against a show that pretty much been Number 1 for the past 6 years.

        It has a loyal fan base. Last Resort had promise, but ultimately what killed it, it was expensive and it was against Big Bang Theory. SHIELD is going to require more than just disney. When you look at the demographic for SHIELD it is geared towards Males 18-34 where NCIS has a larger fan base, everyone from Young Adults, to Seniors to Military Person. Not many shows are open and receptive to the Military as NCIS.

        So the question is, is the Demographic for SHIELD enough to top the Number 1 rated Drama among a wider audience.

        Advertisers ultimately decide the fate of shows like SHIELD and if they know it is going up against NCIS, Then it will be a tough fight.

        They cannot put it on Friday or Saturday nights, that is the prime time for their demographic to be out on the town.

        Wednesday, not with their Comedy line up, that is pretty much set.
        Thursday..Not with Big Bang Theory.
        Monday nights..Nope, not against CBS Comedy line up and Monday Night Football.
        So that leaves Tuesday at 8pm, for them to launch the show for the demographic, which you think about it might be younger than 18, and thus they live at home, and they do not control the bills.

        NCIS was able to edge out Sunday Night Football for overall viewrship.

        on average 21 million people watch NCIS.
        Last Resort averaged about 2-3 million.

        • And Marvel doesn’t have a loyal fanbase??

        • Problem is, NCIS is crap, and for the most part, ALL military people know it. You go check out what the REAL NCIS does vs the television hyped up version does and its like night and day.
          I don’t see it being much of a problem for Agents of shield to overtake this show in time.
          The big hurdle of course is trying to avoid that BIG disconnect as to why agent Colson is still alive. We all saw the naginata style weapon go through his chest, we all kept the time as he bled out and Fury was talking to him…………….Sure, movies want us to suspend belief, but you can’t violate physics too much, or you come crashing down like Icarus.

      • Marvel may have been good at selling its product. But when it comes to Network Televison, it is not the show that needs to sell the products, it is the commercials that sell the product that people buy. Companies are not going to be willing to put their commercials on a show that is geared towards one demographic.

        NCIS is succesful because of its appeal to a wider audiences, 21.3 million people on average tune in to NCIS.

        I would love SHIELD To be succesful, but in reality, REVENUE Talks, Action walks.

      • Marvel is not selling it.

        ABC/Disney are.

        So let me put it this way. Would The Avengers work on TV as it did in the movies with the budget of a Television show?

    • Does DVR tech make a difference? My wife loves NCIS and I plan to watch SHIELD, and we will both be able to do that.

      • Was a time not long ago, DVR was not beneficial, especially TIVO.

        Those times are changing, but it is calculated. Do you watch the Show and skip through the commercials?

        Why NCIS is popular, it is on at 8pm, and people watch that and record other shows.

        FYI Between 20 and 21 million tune in to First Run NCIS. Drops to 9-10 million with reruns. Which for any show is still good.

    • I gotta agree with Jeff w. Not a good time slot for shield. This is just about suicide that ABC is committing for this show. Bad decision no doubt.

    • I have to agree,this is a tough draw for S.H.I.E.L.D. going up against NCIS.

    • I seem to remember there being alot of shows with this year being their last season, was NCIS among them?

      • NCIS Was renewed for 2 more seasons. Here is another Stat

        NCIS is not only number 1 in the United States, it Number 1 in France and Italy

        Number 2 in Germany and Spain.

        Not to mention 195 other countries in its top 20.

    • I agree. No way it can compete against either NCIS shows. Dumb move!!

  3. Apparantly, you can go straight from highschool into one of the most secret of secret agencies. I want this show to be good, but i have serious reservations.

  4. Not really the kind of images I was expecting :| Aw well.

    • Woops. Reading that comment back, it sounds dirty – not my intention lol.
      What I mean is, I really don’t care for pics from a photoshoot of the cast. Give me something more than some persons I’ve never heard of (Clark Gregg excluded), standing in front of a grey screen.

  5. Nice images. It’s good to get a better look at the new characters. They all look attractive and charismatic at least.

    On a different note, why did you guys change your RSS feed to pretty much only have the title of the post? I much preferred the preview you had before. I still clicked through for most things, but now it’s almost nothing but a reminder to check screen rant rather than a way to filter out articles that don’t interest me.

  6. patience people…patience. These are nothing more than early promo shots. Can’t give away the store just yet. What I personally hope is that they’re able to catch that certain something that made Heroes season 1 & 3 so successful and run away with it.

  7. I have a lot of faith in marvel at the moment, they keep on nailing there films since iron man (mostly!) I have to believe sheild will be good, why wouldn’t it? As a 35 year old who had to keep his interest in comics secret for fear of a beating I’m in my element now!

    • Why would you get beat over comics?

  8. I before E except after C, sorry shield

  9. I don’t care if there’s only one season or ten, I’m going to watch the hell of it. Mainly because it’s by Wheadon, features Coulson and is set in the Marvel movie-verse. Sounds like fun to me.

  10. Oh yes filthpig, just think of all the potential character cameos, marvel has so many characters to use and I will probably wet myself with each one, trust in whedon, it’s never been this good for marvel fans!

    • I think the cameos are my number one reason to watch the show. Coulson being in it gives me hope for that.

      I just wish Marvel had the X-Men and Fantastic Four rights for a few cameos, especially the FF. If they did, I could temporarily forget about the mutants (since I gave up on Fox X-Men movies long ago). But the current rights that they do hold should be more than enough.

      • Marvel/Disney hold the television rights to ALL of the Marvel Characters, If Disney has any sense at all, They would have the Fantastic Four show up and make appearances during season 1 & 2, And cripple a reboot before Fox can cast anyone. And if they did, Fox could and would do NOTHING. The same goes for the X-Men and Spider man, Disney doesn’t even have to ask for permission. We all know they should do anything and everything to hurt Fox, Spider Man however remains an x-factor (pun-intended) Seeing that there could be a deal already made between Sony and Disney for crossover rights. (no one on either side has confirmed or DENIED this) So lets all hope that Disney gets smart in a hurry!

  11. S.H.I.E.L.D Could work on ABC Family. I just do not think it is going to survive on ABC Network.

    There are way to many factors to account for against it.

    I would love to see it succeed, I will watch it, but I will not watch it over NCIS.

  12. This will be the last time I post something like this about this show because I don’t want to be the negative ranter popping up on threads just to be a downer. I should also preface my comment by saying I sincerely hope I’m wrong, I really really really do.
    But…
    I have a bad feeling about this shows prospects on network tv and now I’ll add the Tuesday 8 PM time slot as another especially if it’s up against NCIS. I’ve never watched a second of NCIS but it’s a ratings monster and will cause problems.
    Even though I know ABC would never do it my thoughts from the start have been the best place for S.H.I.E.L.D. would be a Sunday Night Summer slot. They could run 13 episode seasons and with kids out of school and the lack of other first run scripted shows airing S.H.I.E.L.D. could bring in the 10-15 million viewers that the show will need to survive.
    All right then, my rants about this show have ended. Hopefully I’ll be eating a plate of crow come September because I’ll be the 1st to admit I was wrong on these boards if all works out.
    Hopefully…

  13. Sorry jeff w, I must have missed your comment about getting beaten up over comics. I live in the uk and I don’t think it was ever ok to be reading comics when I was at school, my closest pals would laugh if they saw me reading a comic, but now years later thanks mostly to the latest comic book movies it’s becoming cool to like them, people who in the past shunned super hero stories are now embracing them, it’s a very good time to take the geek in me out of the closet and enjoy everything that’s happening in movies and tv. For me this new age of geekdom began with iron man, and was only possible with Robert Downey junior, hell even my wife is keen to see all the latest marvel movies and that makes life a little easier for me

  14. Jed Whedon also just completed his work on the wildly succesful Spartacus, which he did without Joss. That ought to be mentioned in the article too. Jed Whedon has credentials of his own that he brings to the show.