‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Premiere Date Revealed

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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:

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.

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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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  1. Gonna be alot of people ditching work to watch the premiere that night!

  2. Can’t wait for it! So exciting it’s going to be watching Marvel on TV weekly. And it’s a Joss Whedon show…exciting times.

  3. You can’t really have a show called “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. without somehow involving the wider Marvel cinemaverse in general. I would hope that they maybe have guest star superheroes that would probably not make it to a film, like Jessica Drew aka Spiderwoman, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Sersi, and a bunch of other characters who have appeared in The Avengers comics. That’s what I’m hoping for…still real excited for this show!

    • It looked like from the trailers that Luke Cage will be one of the first heroes involved in the series (the guy who saved the woman from a burning building by jumping out the window carrying hert).

      • I think they already confirmed that that was not Luke Cage.

        • And I think they’re lying… I mean misdirecting :)

        • I hope so, that guy is way to small to be Cage.

    • My theory is that it was an LMD that was stabbed, they had already teased life model decoys in the beginning when Tony arrived at the Stark tower and Phil Coulson wanted to speak to him

      • But why was there blood? LMD’s aren’t organic lifeforms.

        • Who said it was blood?

          • …What else could it have been?

            • Hydraulic fluid ???

              • That’s red? Like blood?
                Also, if it was an LMD, why was there human emotion? Coulson looked as if he was in pain.

                I don’t buy it… I’ve probably spent WAY too much time thinking of possible theories though 😛 At this point I’m just gonna wait and hope they do it justice. Some crappy cop-out explanation like “he was a robot!” or “he didn’t actually die, he just pretended!” isn’t good enough imo.

                • @ Avenger

                  Jonathan made a perfectly timed Frisky Dingo/Archer reference, something I absolutely love and hence all the + points in the world.

                  • Ah, I don’t watch Archer :(
                    My comment must seem pretty stupid now I guess!

                • Hydraulic fluid is a good idea

                  I just figured, if its a ‘life model decoy’ then it would stand to reason that they would include something that looks like blood when it is damaged in order to imitate organic ‘life’ and therefore make the ‘decoy’ more convincing
                  apart from when he was talking to Cap I never found Coulson to be that emotive, the guy kept a straight face a lot of the time, and his tone of voice never really changed much (robotic?)

                  I also sincerely hope that they do justice to bringing him back and don’t cop-out with the reason
                  Unfortunately, those 2 possibles seem like the easiest and/or most likely (IMO) for marvel to use,
                  we never saw the dead body so the ‘he didnt actually die’ could be done, and the LMD had been used as a joke earlier in the film (hinted at)

                  I’m not quite sure what I’d be happy with though at this point, just have to wait and see what marvel comes up with I guess

              • @ Jonathan

                +1000000000000 BILLION ZILLION QUADRILLION

                • Yeah Me :)

      • Or instead of a life model decoy which is stupid, one could say that Nick lied about his death and he survived the stab wound.

        • I actually prefer this idea. I would be kind of let down if I find out this Coulson is a fake or a clone and not the real one. Plus I would rather them take the easy road and say he survived and that Fury just lied to the Avengers to get them to work together, which he really did do anyway. It would cover some of the plot holes in the Avengers, and it would prevent them from making some crazy and risky reason for Coulson to still be around that not everyone is going to happy with.

  4. It may be Marvel, but it’s not Michael J. Fox 😉

    Seriously though, if this doesn’t turn out to be good, we all know the ratings are going to be nothing compared to the MJF Show. Which is a good thing IMO, I’m excited to see him come out of retirement.

    Coulson is an overrated character to begin with. They took one small character out of a film and made him a huge freaking deal because the audience got a chuckle out of him. Movies tend to do that these days: Minions in Despicable Me 2, Leslie Chow in the Hangover series, etc.

    If this show revolved around a superhero that hasn’t been seen in this universe, different story.

    • I think your missing the entire idea of the show. This show gives the “normal person’s” view of a Super-Powered world. The Coulson character was designed to be a bridge between the facets of the Avengers. Coulson is basically serving the function of Rick Jones in the original comics.

      • It’s MARVELS in TV format with a splash of early X-Files and NCIS and a big chunk of Whedon-osicty.

        Any idea’s on UK release, what other shows does ABC do, might help work out which channel it’ll be on.

        • Yeah I was wondering the same thing, it’s great that the show has a release date but it’d be even better if us Marvel fans over in the UK got a release date.

      • Well said, I hadn’t thought of that. Probably because Coulson is infinitely more likeable than Rick Jones ever was to me.

    • I think SHIELD has the potential to be great but if it’s just a show about the lives of the agents with barely any superheroes then I would have to agree that it might be something I would skip. Now if we have agents recruiting superheroes, training them, battling bad powerful guys with the superhero recruits then it’s a show that will be epic.
      I do agree though on The MJF show. I am glad to see him come back to TV. I will definitely be checking his show out

      • Keep in mind that not all of the bad guys from the SHIELD arm of the Marvel cosmology are super bad guys. You have AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics), the left overs of Hydra, as well as other elevated threats. SHIELD is really where we can trace the ideas that lead us to our current Homeland Security. I really wish that there was the bleed over that you had in the old Nick Fury comic series. Tony Stark wasn’t open about being Iron Man, so he was always the “cool tech guy” that would show up in random issues to give SHIELD some cool new toy. And as far as the question of what to watch….. Has anyone ever heard of an amazing piece of alien technology that we reverse engineered called a DVR???

  5. i think it gonna Suck

    • Your grammar sucks.

      • Zing! :)

  6. awesome, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D at 8, then Supernatural at 9 when it premieres in October, great night.

  7. I’m looking forward to it very much. I think it has a good chance to be one of the best shows on air! 😀

    Bring it on!

  8. I am ready… and so is my body :)

  9. So, Dawn’s in trouble… must be Tuesday.

    • It cheapy tuesdays for the movies too aha.

  10. I really hope this show rocks. I’ve been waiting so long for a Marvel TV show, though I originally thought it would be the Hulk. This still has potential

  11. This, I will watch on “On Demand.”

    Sorry to say, like most of America, will be tuning in to NCIS season premiere that night.

    • NCIS? what are you, like 60 years old (no offense :))? That would be the only reason I can think of to watch a stale, formulaic old show like NCIS over the premier of Marvel’s SHIELD. Especially if you’re a fan of Marvel’s movie-verse.

      • Or, it could be I was in the US Coastguard.

        I do not think people who work for the United States Navy would agree with your assessment. Since, it is one of the more popular shows for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corp.

        Stale? How long ago did Law and Order become Stale? In its 10th season and ran for 20 Seasons.

        Yeah, I am a Fan of Marvel, but I am also a Fan of NCIS, NCIS LA, Hawaii 5-O

        Yeah, I see Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D being bounced around to a competitive time slot.

        So,they might have RDJ do Tony Stark in the opening. When it comes to high concept shows, whether is be SHIELD, Last Resort, Firefly. On major networks, those shows do not last long.

        And, No Offense taken :) however, Why do you think CBS has dominated Tuesday nights for the past 6 years? Those same people who are 60, do not have to go to school the next day, it is not their demographic.

        • CBS dominates ratings because most of America is stupid. That’s why Joss Whedon’s brilliant shows in the past haven’ t received the ratings they deserve. The good news is Marvels name will get people to watch and discover his talent at creating complex characters in dynamic plot lines.

          • @ CinemaViper

            “CBS dominates ratings because most of America is stupid.”

            A bit of advice: As a Marvel fan, it would be wise to not touch that argument, because think of how it looks the next time Marvel box office numbers are brought up to compare to DC’s…

            Just sayin.

            • Marvel films don’t have anywhere near the depth of the comics so although I enjoy them more than most blockbuster films out there, I accept the fact that they are more popcorn movie going fare designed to appeal to the masses.

          • What about the other countries where NCIS is also number 1?

        • I truly don’t know why someone would watch the season premier of a show that’s been on 10 years over a new show based on one of the most popular universes/movie studios/comics around (which is why I asked).

          Probably because people will watch whatever they are told to watch, no matter how good, bad, stale or predictable it is. Maybe the reason they don’t last is because high concept TV shows require a higher intellect? That might explain why most of the country isn’t interested.

          Sorry, I’ve seen NCIC before and I just don’t get it. Of course I could say same about popular music or… whatever. I suppose my tastes have always been a little different compared to most, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

          • I guess for me it’s a show that I really connect to base on past services but that’s not to say I watch it at the exact time it comes on. More than likely it will be NCIS, POI are on recorded on the DVR for me to watch the next day or so and I watch SHIELD live that Tuesday. Then again it all depends on how SHIELD is handled. If it comes off as cheesy and barely an superhero characters then I will more than likely record this as well for a later date to be watched. Ah, the joys of DVR

            • Well, yeah hopefully SHIELD is a good show. I’m just assuming it will be, but you never know!

          • “Probably because people will watch whatever they are told to watch, no matter how good, bad, stale or predictable it is.”

            Yeah, when people have different tastes or ideas than I do, I usually just assume that they’re sheep without the mental strength to make their own decisions. It’s easier than actually thinking about the nuanced reasons behind people’s differences, and it makes me feel like a special snowflake too.


            • I used to do the very same thing. And don’t worry, You ARE a special snowflake! lol 😀

        • I also love NCIS. Tuesday are looking great soo far. NCIS, SHIELD, and Person Of Interest. Not bad.

    • I will DVR it as my daughter will most likely want to watch Word World for the 4th time that day.

  12. I’m excited!

  13. If memory serves isn’t Joss Whedon only doing the pilot episode? After all he is marvel phase 2 overseer so probably has his hands full there

    The excuse for Coulson not being dead will hold a section of the audience for a while, but they can’t hold that back for to long
    Plus the lack of super-powered main characters could make the show feel a bit like a generic crime fighting/government agent type of show

    But I for one will be giving it a decent run since I want to like this
    I just hope Marvel aren’t over-doing things, 2 movies a year and a tv show all with the marvel humour how long will it last

    • Beware the Star Trek burnout…. by the time Enterprise came along most people were a bit fed up with 24th century (Voyager being a bit naff and the last couple of movies not too great ether)

    • He only co-wrote and directed the pilot episode. He’s producing the series, though.

  14. Im super excited for this show but wouldnt be awesome if we got a Heroes for Hire or Damage Control show.

  15. finally a start date to countdown to! :)

  16. I do hope this show does well and doesn’t come off as cheesy. I will tune in to see where this show goes

  17. I think this show is set up to fail with that time slot but we will see

    • Don’t get this time slot thing that is always mentioned regarding American TV it’s like at 8 in the evening, you guys all in bed or something.

      If it was like 11/12 at night I could understand it but it’s bang in the middle of the evening, you’ve had dinner, you’ve walked the dog and kicked the cat you’ve got a nice couple of hours to chill in front of the idiot box before you hit the hay ready for the grind to start again.

      I remember all this when Firefly was on the verge it was being moved around (which is more of a killer cause you don’t know WHEN it’s on) and it ended up at 9pm on Friday or something which is like the DEATH slot.

      What’s wrong with 8pm on Tuesdays……

  18. I have a question that I hope someone could answer me. Marvel has the rights to all their characters except for some. Spider-Man is owned by Sony and X-Men/Fantastic Four is with Fox. However, when it comes to television Marvel seems to have the rights to all their characters. For example, Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble use characters Marvel can’t use in the movies. So, for this show, Marvel use any character they want without getting sued?
    For example, if they want Andrew Garfield to cameo as Peter Parker or use the Oscorp building like they almost did in The Avengers, they could do that?

    • Hmm interesting point…. is it live action rights that have been given (so no non-animated TV appearances) or is it movie rights only so you can have everyman and his dog dropping in for a hello

      • Technically Not Live. Recorded, so the rights do go into play. They would have to produce the show live, which is a logistics nightmare.

        It is how the rights, usually it is the character and any likeness thereof that dictates how a certain character can be used.

    • I think they own the rights to just the cartoons. They would have to get permission from the other studios to do a live TV show, and that’s probably not going to happen. (Even though it would be beneficial to each studio to combine them.)

    • There’s a difference between the live action rights and the animation rights.
      Marvel now holds all animation rights, but a while back I think it was Fox who had the animation rights for X-Men. can’t remember who owned Spidey, but the same goes for him.

      So no. Using your example: Garfield is contracted by Columbia Pictures/Sony and the design of the Oscorp building is theirs as well meaning it can’t show up in any live action movie or series produced by any studio other than Sony itself. Marvel can’t reference Spider-Man either since the character himself (in movies and tv) is owned by Sony.

      • What about Peter Porker: The Amazing Spider-Ham?

        • Simpsons already have the rights to Spider-Pig and Harry Plopper

  19. Coulson’s girlfriend, the Scarlet Witch, is going to resurrect him with her reality-altering powers. I do kind of wish they would have kept his return a secret.

  20. I cannot wait for this show. I’m just glad it’s not on the same day and time as Arrow. That would be a big problem.

    I do wish though that it wasn’t on a major network, but rather a “CW” type network. This is kind of a nitch show, and those aren’t always long lasting on major networks.

    I do have very high hopes for it however, I do think it will do amazingly well. The Micael J Fox show I don’t think will last long, but they still might end up moving SHEILD around a bit to make it a bigger ratings hit.

    I really hope they included cameos by some of the Avengers from time to time.

  21. It’s interesting to see a comparison between NCIS and Agents of SHIELD. Interesting because from the very first time I saw the cast of ‘Agents of SHIELD’, NCIS came to my mind. Like I’ve said in an old thread, I do believe SHIELD would/should be a lot like an NCIS-meets-X-Files series. I would say I’m curious about it (being the only Marvel TV series out there) and hopefully my curiosity would grow into something more as the episodes go by. My main concern: the series should not mess up Marvel’s well-planned Movie-verse. Don’t cameo a major/semi-major character in an episode of the series when he would have been better celebrated in a proper movie. After all, not many(worldwide)might watch (faithfully) the SHIELD series.

    I’m still rooting for my DD series though- because IMO it would knock off both Smallville and Archer from the top of superhero tv series list! Soooo much potential!

    • Mostly agreed, but I am hoping it is much less episodic and has much more character development than NCIS. With Whedon at the helm, I figure there’s no worry there.

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  23. I had a strange thought come over me the other day so I had to check the facts. It will be twenty years ,plus about twelve days, since a “super-hero/comic book” series debuted on ABC that made it more than a single season. Lois and Clark debuted on September 12, 1993.

  24. I think S.H.I.E.L.D. will out do the Avengers if Joss Whedon does it right… oh wait he will because he doesn’t disappoint with he projects!! Cannot wait for it to air in the UK, as Buffy,Angel and firefly were great this will be no major challenge for him as AVENGERS ASSEMBLE was outstanding!

  25. Avengers was the least Whedonesque work?

    Somebody has seen neither Alien Resurrection nor Roseanne.

  26. I’m hoping it’ll be more about SHIELD and less about super heroes, though I’m pretty sure I saw Luke Cage in there (Power Man). Can’t wait for all those cameos! It also looks pretty action-packed, which is a good thing. ‘Arrow’ kinda turned me off when it turned into more of a drama than anything else, which didn’t exactly fit in some prospects. Sapping the Green Arrow’s humor from it didn’t help either.

  27. hopefully Deadpool will be in and he will de wearing the official costume from the comics because lets face it that would look cool on the TV screen.