ABC have listed the upcoming SHIELD show on their “media planning and buying resource,” All Access.
If you weren’t convinced that this show was getting a full series order before, you should be now – there’s not much “media planning and buying” to be done without a show to air.
The listing includes a full blurb, as well as a fuller title. The show also officially has a name now, and that name is Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
Now, be warned that this blurb contains some character details that lightly spoil the first episode arc of one of the characters. A bit.
And it also makes it clear that Agent Coulson lives. No flashbacks here.
Joss Whedon (MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) shows us not all heroes are super with MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD.
Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization SHIELD. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).
Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of Super Heroes, aliens and the unusual – of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered SHIELD agents – that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world.
Executive Produced and co-written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse, Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias) and Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Lost, Heroes) comes Marvel’s first live-action TV series, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
I think I’ll compromise and call it Agents of SHIELD if it’s quite alright with you.
How long now until the first imagery appears? I expect the May TV network upfronts would be the very latest.