ABC Picks Up “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Marvels-agents-of-shield[1]In a move that surprises no one, ABC has given the official series order for MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.  Effectively a TV spinoff of events directly following THE AVENGERS, it will follow mysteriously un-deceased Agent Coulson (reprised by CLARK GREGG) and a team of agents “protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary”.  There is no definitive word on whether or not the show will feature any of the major Marvel superheroes, but the rumor mill has been spinning about The Hulk making at least a brief appearance early on.

More + official show description inside!

You could imagine the obvious budgetary constraints for bringing the big-name actors to TV, but it would be strange if there was not some sort of continuity featuring cameos by a more established superhero every now and again.  There is also talk of the show being the proving grounds for introducing new characters to possibly come to the big screen in ‘Phase 2’, but also that they will be steering away from the cheesier implementation of the ‘guest hero of the week’ as they well should if they want the show to stand on its own.  Being in the golden hands of JOSS WHEDON and overseen by the Marvel Studios mastermind KEVIN FEIGE all suggests good things.

I will admit that I have been somewhat of a “Marvel Skeptic” in the past when we were still in the midst of their ‘Phase 1’ sequence.  Just before THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA were released, I thought they would fall under the weight of their lofty expectations but quite to the contrary, THOR was fantastic and CAPTAIN AMERICA was pretty good too.  I vowed thereafter to put my complete trust in Marvel productions moving forward and MARVEL: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. will be no exception regardless of its many possible downfalls.

Official description as follows:

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).

From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”) comes Marvel’s first TV series.  “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.

First look at the series will be this Sunday during the season finale of ONCE UPON A TIME.  Or stop back here shortly thereafter.