Details surrounding Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot have been heavily guarded. Now, two months after production has wrapped, an official plot synopsis has surfaced. With the description, we learn of the show's new and improved title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Doesn't that have a nice ring to it?
Here's the 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 superheroes, 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.
Last week, it was announced that J. August Richards would also appear in the pilot. The actor's best known for his work on Angel, the popular spinoff of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Even though his role in S.H.I.E.L.D. is a mystery, we're happy with his addition to the cast. There's always room for more Whedon alumni.