SPOILERS for The Avengers movie ensue… proceed with caution.
Today I’m chatting about why I think ABC’s new TV movie pilot, S.H.I.E.L.D., will be a fun show, and I later am motivated to talk about Agent Coulson’s apparent demise in The Avengers movie.
Before Marvel’s The Avengers, Joss Whedon‘s core set of fans that had been around since Firefly, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and other subsequent shows, knew how good Joss was with telling stories and creating viable group dynamics amongst character ensembles. So when Joss was tapped to helm The Avengers, what used to be a small minority of entertainment fans were jazzed. And now after the movie has made billions, the entire world knows what we, from the Whedonverse, have known all along. Joss tells great stories and manages character ensembles very smoothly.
So when news on the street was that Joss Whedon was helming a new ABC TV series called S.H.I.E.L.D., since it involved a group or team of agents, that Joss will wrangle this show into a decent success.
And the show is about a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents facing off against bad guys of a meta nature.
IN a piece from TV Line, an ABC exec has called Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. “very Joss,” and that the show will strongly evoke its source material. That being from the comic franchise.
What they were saying was that we won’t be seeing too many familiar faces from the Marvel universe of super heroes because Joss wants to focus on the characters he’s developed and the team itself. He then hinted that once the characters are developed, maybe later, we might see some “other stuff.”
If you didn’t catch the news from the previous week from the published date of this article, filming for the pilot episode completed.
The cast for S.H.I.E.L.D. includes
- Arlene Santana (Grey’s Anatomy, Fast Five) as a newscaster,
- Brett Dalton as Agent Grant,
- Chloe Bennet (Nashville) superhero culture-obsessed Skye,
- Clark Gregg (The Avengers) as Agent Phil Coulson***,
- Elizabeth Henstridge (Gangs of Tooting Broadway) as science expert Gemma Simmons,
- Iain De Caestecker (The Fades) as tech whiz Leo Fitz and
- Ming-Na (Eureka, Push) as former soldier Melinda May.
At least so far, in this TV movie pilot episode.
In case you did not know, S.H.I.E.L.D., is an organization that tackles espionage and law-enforcement issues. More often or not, their cases involve criminals of a unique nature, more of the superhuman nature.
Originally the acronym stood for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division, but with the advent of the collective of Marvel movies, it now stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. They have the coolest tech too! The group first showed up in a Marvel Comics title (not its own) in 1965.
I look forward this new endeavor that Joss Whedon is putting together. He’s already proven himself to the Whedonverse of fans, he’s proven himself with various TV series he’s put forth, then to the world with Dr. Horrible, and now with The Avengers.
Potential movie Spoilers Follow, if you are one of the five people who have not seen the movie yet…
***News of Clark Gregg being in this new S.H.I.E.L.D. series had my eyebrow pop up. Really? How’s that supposed to happen folks since (SPOILER SPOILER Agent Coulson bit it in the movie? END SPOILER)
But if you follow this website, you also know that I do not believe Agent Coulson died in the movie. And when you’re done with reading why, you’ll also get the premise of what a S.H.I.E.L.D. LMD is.
So if I’m correct, I wonder if it will be addressed in the TV series? I don’t know how it can’t be. Considering that the show is not a prequel, but rather, the series TAKES PLACE AFTER events in The Avengers movie. After. Hmm. So this makes me think my theory could possibly be correct.
But alas, everything I am thinking, could be wrong. Or Could it?
I can’t wait to be either vindicated in my suspicions or proven wrong. That way I can put this to rest in my own head and get on with my life!!!
I haven’t seen a premiere date for Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. series yet. (Unless I missed that news.)