The 2013 pilot season has delivered its fair share of surprises (including CBS recently passing on the Beverly Hills Cop pilot), but there are still a number of shows that haven't been decided on. One of those was the much talked about and highly-anticipated Marvel pilot Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which ABC released teaser footage from on Thursday.
On Friday, ABC announced that it had ordered Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to series with the premiere set for the fall. The network also released the series logo (above) and a cast photo featuring Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson (among others).
Joss Whedon directed and co-wrote the pilot, along with his brother Jed Whedon and Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen (who also worked on Dollhouse), but even with the Avengers director on board, the test episode sat in the can for two months before ABC finally announced the series order.
Iron Man 3's big box office haul certainly might have given ABC confidence that the show could attract an audience. Considering one of the complaints about the latest Tony Stark adventure was that it didn't include any S.H.I.E.L.D. members, perhaps ABC realized that fans were dying to see more of Agent Coulson and his esteemed colleagues. Besides Gregg as Coulson, those colleagues will be fresh faces in the Marvel universe.
Check out the cast photo below:
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Rounding out ABC's S.H.I.E.L.D. team are Ming-Na Wen (ER) as Agent Melinda May, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Brett Dalton (Killing Lincoln) as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet (Nashville) as Skye and J. August Richards (Angel) in what is still an unknown role.
The cast definitely has fans excited, but the possibility of Marvel superhero crossovers may be the most appealing aspect of the show. Though Whedon has said there may not be a ton of familiar faces popping up in episodes, we have heard that Robert Downey Jr. is open to the idea of a cameo appearance.
It's certainly an exciting time for Marvel fans. Let's just hope the show is a bright spot for ABC's lineup and that it lives a long life on network television. We sure could use more shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in primetime. The only other comic book-based television show is, of course, the very popular Arrow on The CW.
ABC has released a teaser trailer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - which you can check out below. Make sure to check back here later tonight when the network debuts the full announcement spot during the Once Upon a Time finale:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will premiere this fall on ABC.
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