Tuesday, May 14, 2013

SHIELD's Up!

Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg, center) is back from beyond to head the cast of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
This week's upfronts announcing the fall lineups for the various nets have been singularly unimpressive in my view (with last place NBC's desperation particularly apparent), but the one prog that has my antennas up is Agents of SHIELD, the first expression of synchronicity by Disney between its ABC and Marvel appendages. I've been tracking the development of the Joss Whedon-produced show, which brings Marvel's expanded movie-verse to the small screen, for awhile now, but I figured I'd wait until it was a go for a series before I brought it up here, lest it get kiboshed at the pilot stage and we get all excited for nothing.

The word that SHIELD is a go for series came down this week, and with it we got the above still, plus the extended teaser below. Heading up the show is Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) the fan-fave character who heroically met his end in last summer's Avengers (apparently the concept of death is just as elastic in the movie-verse as it is in the comics). This teaser gives us a good sense of what the show is going for, plus we also see another Whedon regular, J. August Richards, apparently playing Marvel hero Rage. Hopefully he's not the last secondary hero we'll see turning up in the skein, due to debut this fall. Check out the vid after the jump.

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