'Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.' Becomes 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.', Official Synopsis Released

Agent Phil Coulson puts together a team of worldwide law enforcement in this series spin-off of 'Marvel's The Avengers'.

After finding great success at the box office with Marvel's The Avengers and its various different superhero tie-ins, Marvel Studios is taking the action to television with the one-hour adventure drama Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (formerly known as Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.). Coming to ABC this fall, the network has released an official synopsis, which finds Clark Gregg's fan favorite Agent Coulson assembling a worldwide crime enforcement agency. Read on for full details.

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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) 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 thehuman 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, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb comes Marvel's first live-action TV series, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is eyeing a fall release date on ABC.


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  1. Clint

    @josh I suppose you find it hard to look at the underlying meanings in movies to see political overtones of what's going on in the world and the way it's heading embedded therein? Something that's told in comic books the movies are based on daily? If you can't see shades of the Patriot Act in The Dark Knight or Occupy Wall Street in Nolan's Dark Knight Rises, then I can't help explain it to you and it doesn't take looking deeply for it if you follow current events closely enough & the writers who make the movies' comments. If you can't look at Joss Whedon's clearly liberal stance in politics & see the overriding theme in a series like this is a UN-like "no one can or should stand alone" as you already said is there, then I'm not going to press the issue. When Joe Johnston says of Captain America ""He wants to serve his country, but he's not this sort of jingoistic American flag-waver" I interpret that as taking away the patriotism essential to the very fiber that the character was molded of for political reasons of diminishing the nobility of that cloth, don't you?

    It's not hard to look with a discerning eye at movie patterns to see how Hollywood's trying to shape conversations if you try. It's gone on for centuries on a variety of subjects but only recently has it become so transparently partisan. During the Bush years, we had movies about conspiracies (the Watts/Penn Valerie Plame movie), oppressive governments (V for Vendetta), and even an assassination flick at Cannes billed as a "doc*mentary." Meanwhile, you now have the "save the President" flicks like the Butler flick, the heroism of Zero Dark Thirty, and others portraying the office and country as a whole as suddenly nobel again with Obama in office. If you watch movies without interpreting at all the messages they're trying to convey or lead you into, it's a fairly naive experience to undertake from my perspective because you're accepting a message without ever questioning it. And there's far too many in the populace who do that with everything as it is.

    2 years agoby @pack-rulz1978Flag

  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Smulders better contract to fully commit

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  3. RojoDiablo

    I agree Josh, this sounds like a perfect show to introduce certain characters that will probably never get their own films but should be a solid effort if it sticks primarily with Shield agents only, especially with Whedon's involvement!

    2 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  4. Josh

    I fully expect them to fold the smaller characters into this show. We might get a Black Panther and Dr. Strange movie, but I guarantee the first time we'll see characters such as Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Mockingbird, and Jessica Jones (whose planned solo show is now defunct, as I understand) is as guest appearances in Agents of SHIELD.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  5. Josh

    @pack-rulz1978 LOLWUT? How is this political? It's sort of the very ethos of the Avengers.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  6. Clint

    "...that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world."

    Aw crap. Isn't it enough we have to listen to this kum-by-a junk socalistic junk from the Democratic Party? Now we have to hear about it superhero genre stories too? This is almost as nauseating as their pledge to not make Captain America a "flag waving patriot." Can't we let these characters do what they're designed to do: go out there, kick some butt, and save the freakin' world without having to push an agenda in the storyline as well?

    2 years agoby @pack-rulz1978Flag

  7. Writer220

    @undeadslayer4 I didn't consider that option.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  8. undeadslayer4

    @Dumbumm then noone would know its from marvel

    @writer220 it should be both

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  9. Dumbumm

    They should take out "Marvel's" and just have "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." We all know it's from Marvel!

    2 years agoby @DumbummFlag

  10. Writer220

    Give S.H.E.I.L.D their own film instead of inserting them into every superhero film. They didn't fund nor helped single one of them.
    That's my main issue with the Marvel films, even the tent pole has Shield agents.
    I would rather act in these sort of projects than watch.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  11. Vanboy

    @monkeyiron 2.0 obviously a prequel spin-off.

    2 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  12. Kill-Bill

    I hope they show villains, enemies of S.H.I.E.L.D. that are too small for the movies, like Baron Strucker and Scorpio

    2 years agoby @Kill-BillFlag

  13. Bane5000

    I like the name change...They probably didn't want people to get it confused with the show " The Shield " that Michael Chiklis was on

    Also I cant wait to see what reason they give as to why and how Coulson is still alive after what happened in The Avengers :D

    2 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  14. Rudy

    Agents of SHIELD sounds like the name of a cartoon.

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  15. Rudy

    That's a terrible name. Why not just call it: S.H.I.E.L.D. or Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.?

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  16. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus On some level, they do, at least in the books. In the film department, they probably have say over story, as I think Disney isn't foolish enough to screw around with the characters, although i could be wrong. Who knows, years form now, we might be saying that it's a good thing Spider-Man, FF, and X-Men aren't under the Disney tent.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 Eh, I can lie to myself that Marvel still has control of their properties, but I'd be foolish to let myself believe the lie

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus@ghostman I think it's their way of trying to differentiate from Disney.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  19. Ghostman

    @bawnian-dexeus Same here.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  20. Monkeyiron 2.0

    So wait...Culson's alive!!

    2 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  21. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Not liking the "Marvel's" in everything

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  22. ejk1

    If anything, I think this show is where the seeds of the Skrull invasion would first appear.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag