New ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Poster; Whedon On Possible ‘Avengers’ Cast Appearances

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t technically a part of Phase 2 for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, given that the series will air on ABC – rather than screening at your local theater – starting in Fall 2013. Nonetheless, Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show may pave the way for additional Marvel ventures on the small screen in the future, if it proves to be a large-enough success. Who knows, maybe even Guillermo del Toro’s defunct Incredible Hulk TV show will be resurrected – if things work out, that is (but don’t hold your breath).

On that note: Whedon’s been preoccupied with promoting Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. of late, during the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour. While the Avengers writer/director and the bigger-name S.H.I.E.L.D. cast members mostly just restated what they’ve said in previous interviews from the past year, the former (again) touched on one of the more interesting subjects that reporters keep asking him about: will Earth’s Mightiest Heroes be showing up at all, in the show’s future?

The focus in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be regular humans (read: no super-powers) – who are employed by the eponymous organization – as portrayed by people like Ming-Na Wen (SGU Stargate Universe), Ian De Caestecker (How to Catch a Monster), Chloe Bennet (Nashville) – and, of course, the formerly presumed-dead Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). Hence, it’s appropriate that the down-to-Earth S.H.I.E.L.D. company men and women get to share the newly-unveiled poster together.

Check out the full Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. poster below (via EW):

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The “A New TV Series” tagline here is presumably to help avoid creating any confusion, for those who aren’t up to speed on what Marvel projects are (and are not) part of the movie slate for Phase 2. It’s nowhere near as self-explanatory as the previous tagline (“Not All Heroes Are Super”), which alluded to the very issue that Whedon has said will be examined in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “What are the rest of us worth when there are people that are so extraordinary?”

As part of the TCA promotion (via IGN), Whedon addressed the possible inclusion of Avengers cast members on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

“I’m not going to go begging, and I’m not going to use up favors I need for The Avengers 2. As I say, the DNA of the show is the show. Those guys would be a delightful bonus, but we’re not building our arcs around them.”

This gels with previous claims made by Whedon: that although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is aiming to provide optimistic and uplifting (but also intelligent and thoughtful) answers to the questions it raises, MCU crossovers will not be a core ingredient for his storytelling approach. Having said that, it’s already been acknowledged that people like Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) are game to make cameos on the series – assuming they can find time in their workaholic schedules, that is.

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Fortunately, Whedon’s game plan for Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. will make it easy for Avengers cast members to come and go as they please (assuming they can find the time to show up at all):

“The good thing about the ['Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'] universe is that [The Avengers are] superstars in that universe. So if they showed up, if they overbalanced it slightly, that would actually make sense. That’s how people would react to them in the universe of the show, so I don’t think that’s problem. I do think it’s a problem if you have them too regularly and people are just wondering, ‘When do I get to see a movie star again?’ Instead of concentrating on these guys.”

Fingers crossed, whenever (or, rather, if) any Avengers show up during an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., their presence will be organic and beneficiary to that episode’s self-contained storyline and the over-arching proceedings of the show. In the meantime, Whedon’s show will acknowledge that the “superstars in that universe” have bigger fish to fry most of the time – lest, viewers start to wonder about why Thor and Captain America don’t led a helping hand more often.


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 @8pm on ABC.

Source: EW, IGN

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  1. I think you’ll see it in future movies that whoever they cast for Ant-Man, they’ll put in the contract to have a few appearances in the show.

    • And possibly more yet-to-be-introduced characters such as Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver. Scar Witch should at least have a cameo since she is said to be Coulson’s woman.

  2. i’m confused. The trailer based on snippets from super powered movie heroes. but the show has nothing to do with them. Why are they in the trailer…

    • Because they exist in the same universe. That the avengers are around but wont play a role in the show (other than be mentioned and possibly have cameos.. Say during sweeps).

      Otherwise, its marketing.

  3. If the ratings are low super heroes will show up on the show.

  4. itd be cool if they made cameos “wheres waldo” style in the background or just nonverbally walk through a scene.

    • I was thinking exactly the same.

      You could still get this with Thor, the Hulk or a be-suited Iron Man without needing the film actors as they’re all costume or CGI.

      • Lol that would be cool.

  5. bacontastic

  6. Not quite a gripping poster, and except for Gregg, they all look kind of the same. Fallen off the ‘actors who look like models, age 22 – 25′ conveyer belt.

    As for the show, the question ‘what use have people without super powers when there are superheroes’ could be an interesting one, if they answer that question with ‘No use at all’ and find the drama in there. I suspect they go the other route, and focus on the emotional bond between the no-super-power people (because it’s easier to bond when you have something in common). That’d be a mistake, in my opinion, because that can very easily turn into melodrama. Then it’d be a show with action sequences on the one hand, and boring cotton candy too-sweet-to-touch cringy candle light dinners on the other.

    • So, similar to Smallville then?

      It’d be cool if they took the Marvels approach and stuck to it. That was a great book.

      • ++1

        • Since they got DD back,they can devote some episodes from Phil Sheldon perspective.

  7. Hawkeye cameo/appearance. Make it happen

  8. Just the odd appearance would do. Nothing to take away from the overall plots involving the principal cast. You know, Thor asking for hair shampoo. Cap. Am. asking for more punching bags. The Hulk leaving something in the toilet that cannot be flushed…

  9. I hope it’s a cool show, but I think Marvel fans will be expecting something their not going to get.this show will be cancelled before the end of the first season. If it starts to suck and they decide to add super hero’s to help. Then I’m cool with that.

    • especially because its on abc
      they cancel everything

  10. The Avengers’ roster is so vast at times any one of the lesser known heroes could make an appearance.

  11. I don’t understand why non-powered Shield Agents like Black Widow or Hawkeye can’t be in this as recurring roles, but whatever.

    • The actors cost too much for TV.

  12. Superheroes will appear but it will be new superheroes that don’t have existing multimillion dollar contracts. If superheroes from the existing movies (or planned) appear it will be at a low-dollar cost so as not to bust the show’s budget.
    If RDJ or Samuel L essentially decides to do a “freebie” and be on the show then i think Whedon is more than happy to have them on.
    Remember that these big dollar actors have signed contracts to be in “x” amount of projects. If they appear in a TV show it may well use up one of the contract appearances they are obligated to. If that is true then I am sure Marvel would prefer them in a movie instead of a TV show.

    • Usually when an actor/actress has a multipicture contract it only counts when they appear in a film.

  13. I am wondering if Fox, etc.. has movie and TV rights or only movie rights?
    I know they don’t necessarily have rights when it comes to animation.

    It would be awesome if the FF, X-Men, or Spidey started making appearances on TV in SHIELD.

  14. The more ‘new’ heroes you have in the show, the trickier it gets for the films unless someone’s keeping a very close eye on what’s happening.

    I’m really looking forwards to this, I hope Joss stays heavily involved in the show as even the worst of his offerings are still gold compared to most other shows.

    I’d hope for at least 3 series. The guy’s earned that much.

  15. I hate to say this as a fan of the The Avengers and all of the stand alone movies but I think it is a bad idea to have any of the major hero’s show up on this show. Its just not the right platform. I like the idea of this show giving you a more in depth look at shield and how the organization works but it is still a T.V. show. Most actors who are serious or successful in movies don’t down grade to television until much later in there careers. And I honestly don’t think any of these guys would want to do it anyway. For example if the show is unsuccessful and they attempt to have some of the guys show up to help the ratings and it still eventually gets canceled then I think that will take something away from the success of the movies, its just a bad omen in my opinion.

  16. Really pumped for this series, gonna buy it on DVD if it is released in that format. Wonder if a Henry Pym appearance/launch might be feasible on Shield? Or is it too far out to hope we would see an introduction to say, Luke Cage/Power Man and Iron Fist, or Moon Knight?

  17. If the show is focusing on humans, no superpowers, why do the trailers on TV always show Gun from Buffy using his superpowers?

  18. Idk I believe that some will be in the show jus not the major players that ppl know jus a thought

  19. Cast looks boring to be honest with you. They will be overshadowed by the epic and success of Avengers people will yawn quickly at this mediocre caucasian actors.

    • Racist much?

    • OK, I am not being racist, but it sounds like you are. I could care less if the actorsa and actresses are pink with purple polka-dots, but some of you just like to make a big stink. Maybe you should change your name to Pepe Le Pew? If boring “mediocre caucasian actors” don’t do it for you, maybe you would be more turned on watching a holy-roller, sweet-baby mambo-lips revival meeting? Is that what you mean (see, I can be just as “racist” as you when I try, but that is not my nature–just making a point). Honestly, there are a few people out there who on on the rag so much, you all need to change your names to “Flow”!

    • Last time I checked, Ming Na was Asian, still mediocre, but definitely not caucasian.

      Regardless of the group’s racial makeup, I hope the characters are more interesting than they look…

  20. If it is Smallville (WB/CW) like it will not last on TV where it is.

    I will give it one maybe two views into the series and if one of those ‘kids’ pouts or has an angst moment im gone.

    The poster already portrays that.

    AGENTS of SHIELD are not (on the average) what appears in that poster. What is wrong with having a mature (read older) cast of characters?

    Maybe they are testing for The Runaways?

    • the Runaways is DC!

      • No it’s Marvel.
        There has been talk about making a film of it, within the MCU.

  21. I think we might see characters going the other way – introduced in the TV show and then showing up in the films.

    Coulson and Sitwell are not the only SHIELD agents so if one or more is needed in an MCU film a character from this show can show up.