On Wednesday, Marvel Studios, ABC, and Joss Whedon uploaded a featurette about the upcoming "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." series (via YouTube). In it, Joss Whedon, who will serve as an executive producer of the show and directed the pilot episode, gives his thoughts on the new series.
S.H.I.E.L.D. is a show about the world of superheroes, as seen through the eyes of everyday people.
That is, of course, true. In the series, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents have not super-powers. That differs, naturally, from the comic book world, in which some agents are superheroes as well as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division in the Marvel cinematic universe.
The series is set after the epic battle in Manhattan which concluded "The Avengers" feature film. Whedon added,
This is a show that really could only exist in the Marvel universe.
Week after week, the stories will be big. But at the same time, it’s the intimacy that’s going to make great television.
The show is set to debut in about two weeks, on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.
Clark Gregg reprises his role as (thought dead) Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films. He (Avengers) assembles a small, select group of agents that include:
- Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward
- Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz
- Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons
- Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May
- Chloe Bennet as Skye, a mysterious hacker
As far as Coulson's presumed death in "The Avengers" feature film, there will be an explanation for his resurrection, but it will be drawn out and secretive.