Marvel’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV Show Gets New Synopsis; Retitled ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am,

It wasn’t long after Marvel’s The Avengers wowed many a critic and became the highest-grossing superhero blockbuster of all time (over $1.5 billion worldwide), that the comic book movie studio officially set Joss Whedon to be the head creative supervisor on Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – with his duties including writing and directing The Avengers 2, in addition to producing a live-action television series that , as our Rob Keyes predicted, will revolve around S.H.I.E.L.D. (and the organization’s non-superpowered, but heroic employees).

Production on the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot wrapped nearly two months ago, but ABC has yet to formally pick it up to series (though, the network is expected to do so in the foreseeable future). In the meantime, we can offer additional plot details and a fresh character breakdown for the pilot – in addition to a potential new title, in the form of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (or just Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for short).

The new title and synopsis first appeared on ABC’s website for advertisers, but EW thereafter learned from a network representative that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not the official title (… yet, anyway). Marvel is giving wordier titles to its upcoming Phase 2 movie sequels like Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier – as opposed to the numerically-marked Iron Man installments – but it might be hesitant to do likewise with a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, especially given the tendency for hit series to have one or two-word titles (with obvious exceptions, such as How I Met Your Mother).

By letting the cat out of the bag early, ABC and Marvel now have an opportunity to survey general responses to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. title – and find out if people tend to prefer either that or the original S.H.I.E.L.D. title. Either way, it won’t have an impact on the quality of the show; not to mention, unwieldy titles haven’t been a problem for Whedon’s previous small-screen hits (be it Buffy the Vampire Slayer or the web sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog).

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Here is the new (but, for now, unofficial) synopsis and character breakdown for the series:

Joss Whedon shows us not all heroes are super with “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, Marvel’s 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.

Executive Produced and co-written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”), Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”) and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”) comes Marvel’s first live-action TV series, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”


Which title do you prefer: Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Let us know in the comments section!

Source: EW

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  1. Agents of Shield is more specific and it distinguishes itself from past shows like The Shield.

  2. I like “Agents of SHIELD”.

    Can’t wait for all things Marvel!

  3. Sounds great I can’t wait to check this show out!

  4. Let’s see…
    A) Agents of Shield
    B) Shield
    C) AOS
    D) Marvel’s Agents of Sheild

    I think it should just be Shield…

  5. How about just ‘Agents’ Either way, can’t wait for the show to come out. Believe in The Shield! Sorry, my WWE fandom is coming out.

    • Did you see the Nick Fury meme when The Shield first debuted last year? Hilarious.

  6. I think Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. is fine. It helps to establish itself separately from the other Marvel properties and helps to protect the show when people start complaining that there aren’t enough appearances from Ironman or Thor by saying “this is about the agents, not the superheroes”.

    • Totally agree. Ever since they’ve announced the show that has been the second biggest thing everyone has been asking about. I think Agents of Shield works better also because that way it helps get the point across that this is mostly about the agents, not the heroes. Though a few cameos here and there wouldn’t hurt, or a name drop or referance like in TASM

  7. There just using this show to cash in on the avengers success.

    • And if they make a quality show, how is that a bad thing?

      • And IF they make quality show, then whatever. It just seemed a little suspect how a shield show was announced so quickly after the movie.

        • Kinda like how they announced a second Iron Man after the first was a success? Or a second anything after something is even a moderate success?

          I guess I’m not getting your point… you realize Marvel is trying to build their brand and make money right?

          • Was the 2nd iron man a show?

          • I agree with you FILTHpig. Never question Joss Whedon’s motives, just be thankful he’s on our side.

            • @Macgrath

              But the Spawn animated series was hugely popular despite the movie that came before it not being very successful.

              Also, Batman: The Animated Series came because of the ppularity of the Burton movie.

              What’s your point?

          • They already have set ideas in motion, and if they get picked up by a network, and they think it’ll work and attract audiences, and DVD sales/ratings are good, then they succeed. It’s a win, win for Marvel fans, and if the general audience comes along for the ride and they get new fans, then that’s an added bonus.

            I’m looking forward to the show.

  8. They have to have some hero villian interactions cause that’s the basist of the marvel universe

    • If that’s the bassist then who’s the drummer?

      But no, I get what you’re saying. I’m gonna hope for something similar to that Clone Wars cartoon from 11 years ago that led directly into the Revenge Of The Sith movie.

      • The show is going to be BIG, maybe they’ll have some cameos of villains from the comics who are not that big yet, it’s a possible idea. I’m all for it actually. Also, there IS going to be conflict within the show, not only alien attacks, or fights, or hero vs villain and hero wins, villain may get away, ect.

        It’s going to be crazy good, and Revenge of the Sith, meh, it was okay.

  9. Eh, I’d just go with S.H.I.E.L.D. but either way I’m just looking forward to the show!

  10. Kinda wished they had gone with some of the great SHIELD agents from the comics that have shown up over the years, instead of totally new ones. Clay Quartermain, Jimmy Woo, etc.

    Still Coulson worked out great, so they could do it just right.

    • Nah, save the established characters for the movies. Introduce some new agents and have them discover some of the midtier superheroes and villains.

  11. Nick Fury should at least be in the pilot episode.

  12. I’m good either way, just give me a great show!

  13. Also, anyone know if this show is going to be part of the of the over arching story, and tie in with the movies or will it be its own thing? And how long after the pilot do we found out how Coulson is alive?

    • Well, here’s what Whedon previously said about the connection between the show and Marvel’s movies:

      As for Coulson, it seems as though we’re going to see him alive and well in the pilot episode.

      • Thanks for that, :)

  14. hmm they should just call it shield keep it simple

  15. I actually like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it should be the official title. I will also add… Mister Whedon sure does love his kick-@$$ female characters. =)

    • Kickass female character are probably the only things Whedon actually does well.

      • I suppose you’ve never seen Angel, which was a superior show to Buffy. Or the male part of Firefly.

      • Maybe you could actually watch some of the stuff he had done. Have you seen a little production he wrote and directed? It made a little money and had some ok reviews. The Avengers I think it was called. On the list of movies which made the most money in history of film, it’s number 3.

        Whedon has mad skills. May not be to your liking, but it just sounds petty when you bash his abilities. Pop into a dark knight thread and throw some comments about Nolan’s lack of talent. See what kind of reaction you’d get.

  16. I can’t wait to see what marvel villains that they will fight, will pop up

  17. Marvels Shield because its easily associated with comic book studio than Agents of Shield which most people may find hard to distinguish against the superhero property.

    My preferance is SHEILD because it’s short and sweet hard to beat.

  18. I feel the people who think it should be called shield don’t know the amazing cop show from earlier this century. Agents of Shield is the go to.

    • Same could be said for people who never heard of the South Korean monster movie/political satire The Host from 2006.

      Fact is, they’ll end up putting “Marvel” in front of it anyway and most people here will refer to it as just “SHIELD” regardless so it doesn’t matter if it shares the same name as something else. Doesn’t mean people are ignorant of it (not that I ever watched The Shield personally).

      • I see your point but your talking about a foreign film. Im talking about two American tv shows that would have aired within a ten yr span. TV shows normally go through diff names to help differentiate themselves.

  19. Has it been confirmed what sort of time this show will be based in? To have it set before the avengers could nicely side step the Coulson is back from the dead issue. And maybe bring up some interesting stories without the need to keep on addressing the fact of “why can’t we just use the avengers again”. Just a thought, and if the timeline has been confirmed then I apologise and just ignore me :).

  20. It should be called:

    Agent Coulson and SHIELD


    • Hee hee! Yes!

  21. S.H.I.E.L.D

    I think it’s enough. I hope there’s more to the dynamic than just socially awkward, straight arrows and combative.
    Cannot wait to see the pilot.

  22. Agents of Shield is probably best. I can hardly wait to see someone’s light go on and do a movie or series for T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents! For those who don’t remember this short-lived but great comic concept, it was kind of like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. meets super heroes/villains, with heroes like Dynamo (wears belt that gives him super strength for a limited time), Menthor wears helmet that gives him powers to control people’s minds), Noman (an entity/conciousness of a deceased scientist who can switch his conciousness between android bodies, also has an invisibility cloak), Lightning (he can race around in a special suit at super speed, but loses a few seconds of his life for every minute he uses his powers), the Thunder Squad (kind of like a human agent “hit squad” of special forces to back up the super-powered entities). They work for an organization something like Nato or the UN combined with U.N.C.L.E., and battle both human terrorists and super-powered beings, such as The Warlord and The Iron Maiden (like Catwoman in armor, but more evil; she has a love-hate relationship with Dynamo). This was a wonderful series, but only lasted a short time. Prime movie/series material!! PRIME!! A sure winner if done right with a decent budget and good actors/script/writers/directors. Anyone smart with the power to make it happen out there?
    Oh, sorry, got busy raving and forgot the subject. Anyways, really looking forward to Shield, in the same way that while not the main course on the buffet or Smorgasboard, still it is a most delicious-looking side-dish. Load up my plate; I’m there, knife and fork a-clinkin’!!

  23. It would be funny if one of the main cast was an agent who was at the temporary facility that housed mjolnir and got his *** kicked by Thor. Be a funny recurring joke IMO

  24. “There just using this show to cash in on the avengers success.”

    “Learn how to spell”

    I’ll leave it at that.

  25. Marvel is a capitalist company, so sure they are cashing in, but foremost they are just giving the fans and public what they want. More cool marvel stuff to watch! And if the quality is good then there’s nothing wrong with that

  26. I’m not a comic reader so I have a legit question I think…where is the appeal to the average watcher in a show, set in a time of superheroes and alien gods, that does not feature them? There is noooo way that Downey Jr, Hemsworth or Chris Evans does a guest shot unless they want to blow a years budget in one episode. Will America want to watch a weekly show about the non-super friends of Ironman, Thor and Hulk?

    Plus, and I know I’m gonna get ripped on this, but Joss Whedon does not have the best track record in TV success other than Buffy. Not saying his shows are not good but they have limited success and appeal and are more “cult” than “mainstream”.

    • True, but what’s your defintion of success? Time on tv? Or the following the shows still retain? Dollhouse would be the only show that doesn’t have a dedicated fan base after all these years. Add in his massive success with the avengers, you’ve basically got a show that sells itself.

      Of course who knows how well it’ll actually do until its released, but a Whedon show automatically has an immediate fan base, and I’m sure a lot of people enjoyed The Avengers enough to get curious about a tv show based around the MCU.

  27. I think I like “Agents of SHIELD”. It will separate it from the “The Shield” cop show and those who don’t know what SHIELD is will know right away that it’s about agents.

    If they put “Marvel’s” in front of it, it would help the average audience member to link it to the MCU even more.

    I don’t mind the long title, we will always call it “SHIELD” for short version anyway, so who cares what’s the official title is. Like people call “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” simply “Buffy” all the time.

  28. @ Bladeseeker: he did spell it right, it is actually a grammar error, not a spelling one.

    And yes I’am pedantic and nitpicky. :D