Fall TV Preview: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' has big tights to fill

Agents of Shield

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D premieres Tuesday, September 24th at 8pm on ABC

What ABC is saying about their new show

Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz(Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker, Skye (Chloe Bennet).

Why the show will succeed :

  • Even without the tremendous success of “The Avengers” any new TV from Joss Whedon deserves our attention.
  • It’s a spinoff from the biggest entertainment franchises in the world.
  • Agent Coulson, spoiler alert for my grandmother, who died in “Avengers” returns to the land of the living for the show. Clark Gregg deserved a starring paycheck for his work in the Marvel movies.
  • The 8pm audience of families and small children are contractually obligated to watch. Parents get an hour of silence, and kids get the promise of one day seeing Iron Man walk on for a thirty second cameo.

Why the show will fail:

  • After “Heroes” there is a short leash for new shows featuring superheroes.
  • Can the action in the TV universe possibly compete with what we’ve already seen on film?
  • The Hulk, Thor, and the rest of his A-list film buddies aren’t walking through that door.


  • The show has significant hurdle of competing in the same universe as the popular films. If “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” proves that it belongs in that world and alongside those blockbusters it will be a top ten hit. If the show feels like a small version of the worst Marvel movies then it might be too expensive to last longer than a season.


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