Less than a week from now, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be premiering on ABC. Created by Joss Whedon, his brother Jed, and his sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the first TV series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Set after The Avengers and the short film Item 47 (no idea about Iron Man 3 since that film takes place during this upcoming Christmas), the series will follow a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who will be investigating the more superpowered cases that end up on the agency’s radar and will serve as a gap filler between the new Marvel films.
Who is leading up this group of agents? Well, it is none other than fan favorite Agent Phil Coulson. Yep, apparently Joss Whedon can kill every character you love except for Phil Coulson. Because Coulson cannot be stopped. Man, Tony’s going to be pissed when he finds out Phil isn’t dead.
Besides my deep curiosity as to how Coulson survived getting stabbed by an angry trickster god and giving the audience Wash flashbacks, here are the three reasons I’ll be watching the show.
It’s The First New Joss Whedon Show in Four Years!
Ever since the cancellation of Dollhouse, there’s been a big Joss Whedon shaped hole in my TV watching schedule. Sure, we’ve gotten comics about what happened before the ‘Epitaph’ episodes of Dollhouse, what happens after the destruction of Sunnydale, and the gut punch ending that was Angel. Cabin In The Woods was fantastic and The Avengers is in a four way tie of how many times I’ve seen a single movie in theaters.
In all honesty though? I really miss having episodic Whedon. Not just for his writing, but for some of the fantastic writers he brings in for his staff. I’m excited about Jed and Mo working in TV again just as much as Joss and hope that maybe there will be an episode in the future written by my ultimate TV writing goddess Jane Espenson.
Bear McCreary is the Composer!
I think I got more excited for this than for anything else announced about the series. I’ve had a raging musical lady boner for Bear McCreary’s music since I started watching Battlestar Galactica in high school.
He’s composed other amazing soundtracks since then (including, but not limited to, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Walking Dead, Caprica, and Defiance) and even finally won an Emmy with his work on DaVinci’s Demons, but it’s been my nerd fantasy for years for Whedon and McCreary to work together on a series.
And now it’s finally happening.
This series could be terrible and I’ll still tune in every week to listen to McCreary’s score.
More MCU Goodness!
Really, I feel like this one goes without saying. S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t had much play in the MCU so far, so getting a weekly TV series about the day to day of everyone’s favorite fictional covert agency investigating superheroes and alien life is pretty awesome. Especially with a cast that includes Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen. It’s just a reminder of the fact that not everyone in the MCU is the Avengers. There are still other people there to clean up the day to day.
Plus, who knows who else they’ll introduce through the TV series.
Are you excited for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Are you a bit uncertain about Marvel’s newest TV venture? Will you be watching with us? Check back next week for our coverage of the pilot episode and our first impressions of the series airing on ABC September 24 at 8 p.m.