Trailer: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Disney continues its conquering of the world with its Marvel licensing, this time, hitting the small screen with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – and for those of you who saw The Avengers and wondered… yep, Clark Gregg is back. ABC has picked up the pilot, which was developed and directed by Joss Whedon. As of yet, there is no announced release date.

Here’s the description from Marvel:

Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

If I were 13 years old, this would be the greatest time ever in the history of movies and TV. Superheros everywhere! Better yet, they’re no longer considered nerdy. Unfortunately, I’m turning into one of those old and cranky men who I used to despise. I saw The Avengers twice and both times I was left meh-ing. I mean it was fine… but so is playing Bingo at 7 PM on a Tuesday night. It doesn’t mean it’s particularly inspiring or even that enjoyable.

As for the others in the new Marvel movie canon, they didn’t do much for me, although they were all mostly fine also. Just fine. I enjoyed the first two Iron Man movies (I’m one of the few left who hasn’t seen the third), but that was mostly because I’d watch Robert Downey Jr. do Pilates for two hours and I’d be crying for him to get an Oscar.

I guess this is growing up. I guess this is adulthood. I guess this is my life now.

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Sean Kelly
Guest

They better come up with a good reason for the retconning.

From the looks of it, this show will be more DOLLHOUSE, than FIREFLY (though I was probably one of the few, who was a fan of the former).

Matthew Fabb
Guest

If you want to try to draw a parallel with Joss Whedon’s other tv shows, I think it might be closer to Angel a team investigating strange things happening in the city and trying to help people. However, I think it is different enough to be it’s own thing and pull out some parallels between all of Joss Whedon shows.

Also while this article opens about Disney expanding it’s Marvel license, it was apparently Joss Whedon’s idea to do the show and pitched it to Marvel. Until he brought it up, they apparently hadn’t been thinking at all about a SHIELD tv show.

Also there’s some cool footage that was cut from Avengers that only made it to the giant 10 disk box set with all the Avengers movies. A lot more focus on the every day person living in a world where superhero fights alien monsters. It’s almost a mini-movie on it’s own and there’s other similar material out there. I can’t help but think the idea SHIELD for Whedon might have come out of this kind of material that didn’t manage to fit into the Avengers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhV6QZfbcs0

Matthew Fabb
Guest

Well, they have given it Tuesday nights at 8 pm timeslot, which definitely shows some confidence in the show. Which is nice after Whedon’s last 2 new tv shows got dumped at the Friday night death slot.

As mentioned in other threads, I’ve been finding Marvel Studios output enjoyable and I’m a big fan of Joss Whedon, so I’m excited to see how this turns out.

Strangely enough, despite being a big comic book fan, I really can’t stand most of what DC and Marvel produces these days. I will still buy the occasional superhero trade that has gotten a lot of critical praise and stands above the regular stuff. However, most of what I buy in comics is in other genres. Yet I still get a kick out of what Marvel Studios is doing.

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