As Joss Whedon and Marvel’s dominion over pop culture continues to expand, it only makes sense that they would eventually move into the world of television. As such, we’ve all been waiting to see Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D., the small screen expansion of the Marvel film universe that focuses on the human agents of the U.S. government who are forced to deal with the issue of superheroes and gods. And now—before the series has even greenlit beyond the pilot, it’s received a terrible new title, as well as a slightly more in depth plot summary than we’ve read before.
First up, the title—Marvel’s Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D, which sounds like the title of a tacky motorcycle cop drama of the 1970s. It’s a far clunkier and wordier title than the simple, blunt S.H.I.E.L.D., but hey, Marvel and Whedon seem to know what they’re doing at this point.
The plot summary is slightly more promising, focusing as it does on the very human members of S.H.I.E.L.D., who must deal with their limitations while interacting with beings who have godlike abilities and strength:
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.
So there you have it—though still no word on how Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson figures into all of this since, you know, he’s dead.
What do you think of the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. news?