After the success of The Avengers, Marvel/Disney laid out plans for mining the Marvel universe for any possible profit. With the TV wizard Joss Whedon on their side, a Marvel TV show on a Disney-owned channel was a no-brainer. Add in some beautiful people, references to the larger comic-book universe, and one familiar face from the successful movie franchise, and you’ve got the recipe for success.
“Not all heroes are super” is the tagline in all of the show’s promotional material. That’s the mantra that drives the show. The world is filled with strange phenomena and there are only a handful superheroes. What does the government do when a evil robot, or a slug mutant is at loose and Tony Stark is busy doing the oompha with Pepper? Call the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., of course!
Agent Phil Coulson — who isn’t dead from the film after all — assembles a team of non-super-powered but extremely talented individuals who all happen to be sexier than the average human being. Together, they set out to handle the strange new cases that are beneath the marquee supers.
Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg. He’s the Nick Fury of the team. Somehow surviving the wounds from Loki’s magic laser, he’s now a top secret operative for S.H.I.E.L.D. You need clearance level 7 to know that he isn’t dead. I wonder if they’ll make a big deal about not letting the Avengers know about his survival. Tony Stark will go all Hulk if he finds out Fury manipulated him.
Agent Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen. She’s Whedon’s trademark wai-fu super-girl. She’s a weapons expert, an ace pilot, and can kick your ass in a number of ways before you can start to count. Also, she looks like a supermodel.
Agent Grant Ward, played by Brett Dalton. He’s the alpha-male jock of the group who’s the top dog at his game, but not very good with people. You know, like every cop character ever. The gruff badass who isn’t in touch with his sensitive side.
Agent Leo Fitz, played by Iain De Caestecker. He’s the resident awkward nerd of the group, responsible for creating the cool gadgets and weapons.
Agent Jemma Simmons, played by Elizabeth Henstridge. She specializes in both human and alien biology, and speaking in a very distinctive British accent. You can’t have a show without a British accent.
Civilian hacker Skye, played by Chloe Bennet. She’s the quirky, chirpy newcomer, who’ll most likely be referred to as the “heart” of the group in future.
J. August Richards is in the trailer, but his character isn’t known yet. There was speculation that he’s playing Luke Cage, but the creators denied it. People were expecting Cobie Smulders in the show, but I think she’ll join after How I Met Your Mother ends.
It was revealed in 2013 SDCC that Cobie Smulders will appear as a guest star, as Maria Hill, in the first season.
It’ll premiere this September on ABC, on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. Central).
What’s good about it
Whedon’s shows have always had a faithful fan-following, as he’s always able to create lovable and relatable characters. Combined with the popularity of Marvel, the show could really pick up and survive for a number of seasons.
What’s Bad About it?
Other than Whedon’s name, and the Marvel brand association, there doesn’t seem anything special about the show. I hope this isn’t an attempt to cash in on the success of superheroes instead of creating a good show that can stand on its own.
The show will start as a regular procedural and gain a steady following. In the later seasons it’ll get crazier, and beloved characters will be killed. After a great season finale, when the superhero craze would have been over, it will be unceremoniously cancelled and fans will bitch about it for years.