UPDATE: The new, longer trailer is online and can be seen at the bottom of the page. Welcome to Level Seven...
It might have been an all-but foregone conclusion, but it’s still good to bring word that Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (or, as we’ll all be referring to it to save time, S.H.I.E.L.D.) has handily scored a place on the ABC network’s schedule across the pond. Now the first teaser footage of the show is online.
Featuring Clark Gregg as the myseriously re-incarnated Agent Phil Coulson, the show will focus on a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization.
Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius biochemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).
From this footage, we’re promised plenty of action and the usual Joss Whedon quippery, even if the budget doesn’t quite stretch to Avengers-level super heroism. And though Whedon himself won’t be writing and directing every episode (he is, as we know, a tad busy consulting on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and preparing Avengers 2), there’s a more than capable team of Whedon veterans on the ground including brother Jed and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen, plus Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb.
The series order might have been more of a “well, obviously” than a “could it happen?” but now we have to see if the Whedon/Marvel love can sustain it. After all, even Joss himself has had trouble keeping shows on the air before… But in this case we remain confident. As to when it’ll make it over to our shores? There’s no UK broadcaster yet, but we doubt if that will take long. And remember, kids: don't touch Lola.
Marvel have the opportunity to have a great villain in this series....Samuel Sterns. Get Tim Blake Nelson back to play 'The Leader'. Maybe Tim Roth as well. Like with DC have done with 'Arrow', introduce characters that can be integrated with the movies. Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel) springs to mind and maybe...just maybe we will get The Vision.....This series could potentially be awesome...What TV channel will pick it up in the UK though? Sky Atlantic? Bet your bottom dollar no terrestrial TV chan More
Don't put your expectation to high, I guess they will be references to the wider universe but I'm not expecting any actually appearance from Marvel Heroes, only those that have ties to SHIELD, Jessica Drew AKA Spider-woman - saying this however I bet all of the Villains will be some of Marvels lesser known villains Taskmaster anyone ? More
Fingers crossed we get some classic Marvel character cameos, such as Daredevil and The Punisher (now Marvel has them back again)
In fact, I'm surprised Empire hasn't done a 'Characters we'd like to see in SHIELD' list yet. I'm sure it'll come! More