Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Promo Showcases Agent Phil Coulson

By Kelly West 2013-08-20 07:43:45 discussion comments
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There are a lot of reasons to look forward to premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., high among them is the return of Clark Gregg to his role as Agent Phil Coulson, a character presumed to be dead at the end of The Avengers. If you think bringing him back is crazy, you must not be familiar with Joss Whedon. He sometimes kills his characters. And then sometimes he brings them back. But there's always a reason and an explanation. In this case, I expected Coulson's return is because he's the perfect character to lead a Marvel TV series. He's intelligent, confident, passionate and just the right blend of geeky and cool. As for the explanation, I expect we'll get that sooner or later. In the meantime, as you can see in the promo above - and just about any other video promoting SHIELD - Coulson is back! And he hasn't lost his awesome being dead.

For those of us scrambling to see every video ABC releases promoting Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a lot of the footage in the above promo looks familiar, but it does a nice job of promoting Clark Gregg's character, Agent Phil Coulson, the leader of a team of highly skilled agents that investigate extraordinary events surrounding super-human people around the world. Keep in mind, the story is set in a post-Avengers world where gods occasionally drop out of the sky and people like Tony Stark are creating super-tech, some of which falls into the wrong hands once in a while. The potential for disaster is always there, and so is S.H.I.E.L.D. to try to prevent it or regain order. There's great potential for a TV series focused on this organization, and it seems set up not to step on the toes of the Marvel film franchise.

The promo begins with a classic Whedon moment. Never let an opportunity to make a dramatic entrance go by. But it's ok to acknowledge the melodrama immediately after, as did Coulson when he said, "Sorry, that corner was really dark and I couldn't help myself." It's not even all that out of character for him, as we know Coulson has a sense of humor and an appreciation for a big moment. But he's also determined and passionate, which makes it just as in-character for him to look someone dead in the eye and say, "Don't ever tell me there's no way. Get it done."

My eagerness to celebrate these promos should be an obvious indication that my expectations for SHIELD are high. I don't just want the pilot to be amazing, I want the whole series to live up to the Whedon name and also measure up to the greatness that was The Avengers. Here's hoping! In the meantime, watch the trailer below, and get to know super-hacker Skye better here, and Grant Ward here.



Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
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