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It seems as though the Joss Whedon project formerly known as S.H.I.E.L.D. is having an identity crisis. After its name was changed last week to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s been pointed out the series’ official Facebook page now lists the title simply as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
So is this the show’s final title? It actually seems like “Marvel’s” might have just been dropped on the social media-side, while the ABC series will still be called Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Entertainment Weekly reports “‘Marvel’s‘ will likely remain a part of the title regardless of what the Facebook page says (and that, once again, the title may still change).” So bottom line is don’t get too attached to anything beyond the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” part — and even that could be lost at some point.
Targeted for ABC’s fall lineup, S.H.I.E.L.D. centers on the global espionage and law-enforcement agency that’s helped to provide the connective tissue between the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whedon directed the pilot, which he co-wrote with his brother Jed Whedon and Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen. The project, which stars Clark Gregg as fan-favorite Agent Coulson, Ming-Na as Agent Melina May, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward and Chloe Bennett as Skye. Filming on the pilot finished in February. Here’s the synopsis:
Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) 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.