Due to Hollywood’s recent forays into Marvel comic characters, familiar favorites like Iron Man and Hulk have been at the top of everyone’s must see list. Due to the high popularity of these characters, ABC is airing a show dedicated to the awesomely mutated and misunderstood heroes of Marvel.
The show, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, will follow agents as they operate through their law-enforcement agency, giving fans a regular dose of the superhero crime-fighting division. While this is not television’s first attempt at making a series based on Marvel characters, it is likely to be one of the most memorable. The show is scheduled to air on ABC, Tuesday nights at 7:oo pm.
S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. It stars Clark Gregg in his role as Agent Phil Coulson. Coulson and his fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agents employ their many talents to investigate the cases that have yet to be classified. They are there to investigate and discover what is strange or unknown. Due to the ambiguous nature of the plot, it is quite possible that fans will be introduced to several Marvel comic characters that have never made it to the big screen.
Joss Whedon, writer and producer for the show, says the show will delve into the past and background of Agent Coulson. Coulson is aided in his quest by several agents of varying skill sets. Agent Grant Ward, played by Brett Dalton, Agent Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen and Agent Leo Fitz, played by Iain De Caestecker. Coulson also employs the talents of Agent Jemma Simmons, played by Elizabeth Henstridge.
Agent Ward is considered a “specialist”, although his area of specialty is unknown at this juncture. Agent May is considered to be an administrator. However, in trailers for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, May is seen disarming a man with brutal expertise. Agent Leo Fitz carries the job title of engineer. Agent Simmons is a bio-chemist. All other information for these agents is classified.
Another character on the show is Skye, played by Chloe Bennet. According to trailers, Skye does not trust the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and gets introduced to the team when she tries to sabotage their operation.
Whedon wants to warn fans that the show is not like the movies. He said fans that expect the show to start where the movies left off are going to be unsatisfied. It is a warning to take the show as on its own merits and to not look at the movies to define it. Whedon went on to explain that the show will revolve more around the lives of these normal human agents as they deal with a superhuman world.
Whatever lays ahead for fans, the show itself has already made enough waves to be nominated for a Critic’s Choice award for Most Exciting New TV Series, Videos and Full List.
For newcomers to the Marvel following, S.H.I.E.L.D. was started by Nicholas Fury when World War II ended. According to comic history, Fury felt the government wouldn’t agree to the agency so he didn’t put forth the effort to get it established. Later, however, an internationally based group decided there was a need for S.H.I.E.L.D. and they established it without Fury knowing about it. Fury found out about the existence of the agency when he was appointed as executive director. The agency went on from its founding to have a varied and complicated existence.