Though DC has been producing successful live-action superhero shows for decades (Smallville and Arrow in the last decade alone), Marvel has had but one major TV success under its belt in the form of The Incredible Hulk – and that went off the air over 30 years ago. Hopefully, more success is on the way with the release of the Joss Whedon-produced Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will, as the name implies, follow the exploits of a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
S.H.I.E.L.D. has been ramping up publicity for a while now with trailers, TV spots, and featurettes. And though we’ve known for months that the show would be debuting in “fall 2013,” now we know the precise premiere date.
Check it out below, courtesy of the official Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Twitter account:
It's official. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 24 at 8|7c on ABC. Are you ready?— Agents of SHIELD (@AgentsofSHIELD) July 16, 2013
Well, are you, Screen Ranters? Are you ready?
It’s no secret that much of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be about Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) – the leader of the titular team of agents – who seemingly died by way of impalement about 3/4ths of the way through The Avengers. How, then, is Coulson still walking around being all deadpan in the upcoming TV show? Marvel isn’t telling – at least, not yet.
But that doesn’t mean we’ll never get an explanation, as co-creator Jed Whedon (Joss’ brother) recently said:
“We can’t wait to pull the curtain back on [Coulson’s return]. But we’re going to take our time.”
So there you have it. If you want to know how Agent Coulson managed not to die in The Avengers (if indeed he didn’t die – a life model decoy is always a possibility), then you’re going to have to stick out Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to find out.
It’ll be interested to see how “Whedonesque” S.H.I.E.L.D. ends up being. Though The Avengers is most definitely a Joss Whedon movie, it’s arguably the least Whedonesque project he’s ever been involved with. Could Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. similarly tone down the Whedonisms in an effort to jibe more effortlessly with the Marvel Movie Universe from whence it sprang? We wouldn’t be surprised if – now that Joss has proved his worth to the tune of $1.5 billion – S.H.I.E.L.D. were a little bit more akin to the Whedon shows of old (e.g. Buffy, Angel, and Firefly), only now with a bigger budget and the Marvel brand to cushion its ratings.
For those of you still on the fence about whether or not you want to check out the show, here’s the synopsis:
Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, ‘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 Super Heroes, 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.
Will you be watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when it premieres? Drop us a line in the comments.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 @8pm on ABC.
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