S.H.I.E.L.D. Gets a New Name, Synopsis, and Cast Member

Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division AKA S.H.I.E.L.D. – the MCU’s foremost government department assigned to the task of defending the planet from evil forces, terrestrial or otherwise. The Avengers might grab all the glory, but it’s the brave men women of S.H.I.E.L.D who put in the day-to-day in protecting the world from whatever threatens it… and occasionally playing Galaga when they think no one’s looking.

Not every excursion justifies a $220 million film, however, and so S.H.I.E.L.D.’s everyday exploits are shortly to make an appearance on the small screen in the form of ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D., now imaginatively retitled Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D… Fair enough: it is, after all, about the agents, such as Clark Gregg‘s presumed-dead Phil Coulson, as well as the recently cast J. August Richards, best known as Gunn in Joss Whedon’s Angel, in an as-yet unannounced role (although rumors are spreading that he could be playing superhero-for-hire Luke Cage).

The latest press release has even given us a synopsis to work with:

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.

So far so Warehouse 13 or, indeed, Torchwood: an elite team of mixed personalities battling ghosts/aliens/demons/etc. Hopefully the Marvel brand means we’ll get to take a look at some big-name villains, though it’ll be interesting to see how they keep the show canonical with the films. I’m looking forward to the first “Agent”, “Agent”, “Agent” introduction – it’s basically the top secret government department equivalent of “Who’s on First?”

While it it won’t be officially confirmed by ABC until the middle of next month, Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. should air sometime later this year. Till then, we’ll keep you informed.

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