Marvel’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV pilot receives potential new name and official plot synopsis


shield logoMarvel is slowly taking over the world, one movie — and now television show — at a time. As we’ve covered in the past, Marvel quickly put its S.H.I.E.L.D show into production immediately following the massive success of Joss Whedon’s ‘The Avengers’, hoping to sell the show to ABC. ABC has yet to move to buy the pilot for  a first season, but it is expected they’ll do so soon. While they wait, those behind the show are toying with alternate names and plots for the latest Marvel story.

Entertainment Weekly landed an interesting scoop in the form of a new show title and plot synopsis from ABC’s advertisers website, which lists key show information in order to hook potential advertisers/sponsors. The information is by no means set in stone, but does reflect ABC and Marvel’s current thinking for the show. The studio is currently testing “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” as the show’s official title, but it’s length gives us pause and leads us to believe that it won’t stick around for long. It certainly does a better job at conveying just what the show is to those who aren’t entirely familiar with S.H.I.E.L.D. and its role in the Marvel universe… but advertising can accomplish the same goal.

The advertising website also revealed the current — but unofficial — show synopsis:

Joss Whedon shows us not all heroes are super with “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

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 S.H.I.E.L.D. 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 S.H.I.E.L.D 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 S.H.I.E.L.D.”

It’s clear that the show has a great team of cast and crew behind it, and boosted by the recent success of any film Marvel gets its hands on, we’ve got high hopes for the show. We’ll keep you updated as this information changes or becomes set in stone!


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