[Update] ABC has now unveiled the full trailer which you can see below. This is looking good!
Last night Disney & Marvel debuted the first look at the massively anticipated Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Show which brings back from the dead, fan-fave Agent Phil Coulson.
The project was announced a few months ago and confirmed for a season order last week. If any pilot was a lock for a pick-up this was it.
Fanboys have been moaning about the lack of big name characters announced so far. But come on – this is a TV budget! Do they really expect it to match the $200m+ Avengers? Plus I’m sure we’ll see a few other familiar face pop up every now and then (can you say Sweeps?!).
We have to remember this is an unprecedented move. The first time we’ve seen a massive interconnected mega franchise spun off into its own TV show on a big four network in what we have to presume is a primetime slot. Universal and HBO attempted a similar idea with a film / TV adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower but that was ultimately shelved. Maybe if SHIELD works we’ll see The Dark Tower come back into play?
The new logo and first cast shot were also unveiled.
Note how the Marvel logo is now positioned above all the titles for every Disney / Marvel feature since The Avengers. Reinforcing the brand in the same way Pixar does – very smart.
Personally I’m disappointed how little diversity there is in the cast, especially as the original log line said the team was put together by Agent Coulson after a ”worldwide search”… Still Clark Gregg will make a great lead.
I’m also hopeful because the show is being developed by Avengers director / writer and Phase 2 godfather Joss Whedon as well as his brother Jed Whedon and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen who both worked on the excellent Spartacus: Gods Of the Arena (now if we ever get a Planet Hulk movie these two would be right at the top of my hit list!)
This has to be the most anticipated TV show ever, I cant recall any other TV show getting promos this far in advance of its air date. Even the huge popular genre adaptations Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead didn’t have this level of awareness so early on. I for one am ready to be blown away!
Oh and one last quick question: Is that Luke Cage in the trailer?!
Marvels’ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D will hit ABC this winter. Are you excited? Let me know!
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