Behind he scenes SHIELD

Is it September 24 yet? Not even close. But the premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is inching closer day by day. Those in attendance of the ABC series' Comic-Con panel got to see the pilot episode. The rest of us will have to be satisfied by the bundle of photos ABC released for the series, some of which give us a look at some very exciting guest stars. That's as vague as I'm going to be, so if you're trying to avoid details about Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. series, stop reading now!

In addition to the excellent behind-the-scenes photo of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producers Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Joss Whedon and Jeffrey Bell, ABC revealed photos that show us guest stars J. August Richards (Angel) with SHIELD star Clark Gregg…

J August Richard and Clark Gregg

And a look at Cobie Smulders, who appeared in The Avengers and has returned to Agent Coulson's side for the SHIELD pilot…

Smulders and Gregg

Cobie Smulders

And Firefly's Ron Glass, who also appears in the pilot.

Ron Glass in SHIELD

There's definitely a recurring theme here, when we look at some of the guest stars who've previously appeared in Joss Whedon projects, with Smulders having appeared in Avengers, Richards best known for his role as Charles Gunn in Angel and Ron Glass beloved for playing Shepherd Book in Firefly and Serenity. But much of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast is comprised of newcomers to the Whedonverse. The series stars Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker and Ming-Na Wen, in addition to Gregg, who's the biggest on-screen link between The Avengers and this series. SHIELD takes place after the events of The Avengers, just after the battle of New York. With the existence of super heroes and aliens now public knowledge, the world is trying to deal with the reality of it all. And S.H.I.E.L.D. is busy trying to protect 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 computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

Below are the rest of the photos ABC released, some of which are behind-the-scenes looks and others appear to be stills from the series. 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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