One of, if not THE, biggest blockbuster movies of 2012, The Avengers
not only brought some of the best and most popular superheroes together, it united crowds of comic geeks all around the globe.
The film focused on a world in danger of a crazed villain and the band of egotistical men, woman and monsters of power who hold the ability to save it from destruction. Well, what about the office folk? Those without powers, yet posses just as much importance as those fighting the good fight? This is their story.
The turning point for those avengers was the death of Agent Phil Coulson, played by actor Clark Gregg. The butt of many jokes in the Iron Man films, Coulson was with audiences for years, making for quite the emotional reaction as he sacrificed himself and, in turn, stood as a symbol for what Iron Man and friends would join forces for. No one could believe that his sidekick presence could be cut so soon.
Or was it?
Executive Producer Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, brings us Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The show picks up where The Avengers left off. It was all a hoax! Agent Coulson is alive and well. His job is still at the forefront of his mind as he sets out to assemble a team, a team WITHOUT powers, who keep track of odd occurrences around the world.
Coulson's first recruit for S.H.I.E.L.D, which stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, also jumps from the big screen to the smaller. How I Met Your Mother will be put on the backburner as cast member Cobie Smulder suits up once again as Maria Hill. Smulder will reprise her role as the strong, commanding presence from the film in the pilot episode. Fans can look forward to cameos from Hill throughout the first season.
Gregg gives a broad focus statement of S.H.I.E.L.D at the show's panel, "It's a world where people have gone from knowing about a billionaire with a crazy metal suit and there's been one or two Hulk sightings, to this world with a race of alien warriors blasting through a wormhole and a couple of kooks from Asgard. It's a world after that. So don't look for the likes of Thor or The Hulk to stop in from time to time, the show isn't about that. Which also means that the likes of seeing Samuel L. Jackson are slim." Sorry, guys.
Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D premieres on ABC September 24.
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