Tonight, at last, ABC premieres Joss Whedon’s new TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Expanding from the mega-hit movie series of superhero flicks that led up to last year’s The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is taking a queue from the CW’s DC Comics series Arrow: It will focus on the non-superhero aspects of the comic book universe, introducing a new team of characters to help explain this shadow organization called S.H.I.E.L.D.
We work the cases S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t classified. We investigate the bizarre. The strange. The unknown. To protect the ordinary from the extraordinary. Welcome to Level 7.
Don’t look for Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury or Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, or any of the other major Marvel superheroes, at least in the initial episodes, although there may be known Marvel villains in the first season. But look for two major links to the Marvel movies in tonight’s premiere. First is a visit from Agent Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders. Smulders’ performance as Hill elevated the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to near-superhero status in The Avengers. Her major role and performance left us all begging for more, so we hope we get to see her more than in just the series pilot.
And it’s no secret that Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson is somehow brought back from death–his death was the turning point in The Avengers that was the impetus for the team to work together to save the world. Look for Coulson sporting a certain cherry red 1962 Corvette. You’ll also see Firefly’s Ron Glass in the series pilot, and he’ll be back later in the series, too.
Will Coulson be relegated to a bookend role in each episode, much as he served with the individual Marvel superhero movies, or have a more integrated place in the series? The biggest hurdle to overcome will be warming up to a new team of merely mortal human agents and balancing a franchise that focuses on superheroes to an audience that wants to see superheroes.
Here is a preview for the series:
Look for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tonight on ABC at 7 p.m. Central/8 p.m. Eastern.
Get more info at the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. official website.