by Brett White
ABC announced over the weekend that the most anticipated pilot ever in the history of television has undergone a name change. The show that was once simply called "S.H.I.E.L.D." now includes a few more identifying words in its title, so as to not disappoint people tuning in to see Michael Chiklis (because he was on a show called "The Shield"...it's not a good joke if you have to explain it). "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has a nice ring to it and ties it even more into the film that birthed it, "Marvel's the Avengers." It doesn't solve the problem that the acronym gives my fingers every time I type it, but that's a problem I'm willing to overlook because Whedon.
ABC also released the first lengthy plot synopsis for the pilot, which sounds phenomenal. Check out the synopsis below.
Joss Whedon (MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) 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.
No mention of J. August Richards' mystery character, but that's to be expected at this point. This synopsis makes it sound like Gregg's Agent Coulson will indeed be the leader of this small group. It also clarifies that the show will be following a group of agents rather than the whole organization. And as much of a fan favorite as Coulson is, it really seems like Joss Whedon and crew are working hard to make every cast member equally awesome. "Together we are greater than we are apart" sounds like a classic Whedon motto. This show can't get here fast enough.
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