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In a world where superheroes and super-villains exist out in the open, who's in charge of keeping order? All signs point to S.H.I.E.L.D. being the organization willing and able to be the watch guard for all extraordinary activity around the world. Among the characters set to be featured in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is Skye, played by Chloe Bennet, a newcomer to the organization, who's featured in the above video, and also a bit in this excellent sizzle reel, which shows the grand return of Clark Gregg's Phil Coulson, presumed dead after The Avengers.
As exciting as it is to see Coulson brought back to life, we're just as eager to meet the new characters in this series. Skye appears to be a perfect fit for the organization, and probably just as suitable as a young, strong female character in a Joss Whedon series. The preview glimpses a great bit of melodrama, cut perfectly with humor as Skye plays the great and powerful something, delivering a message in an ominous voice that's cut short when she's discovered by Coulson. Busted. Of course, getting caught could mean recruitment, right? Seems like S.H.I.E.L.D. is looking to bring this "beautiful anarchist super-hacker" into the fold. But first, the interrogation. And there's apparently no easy approach to that. Something tells me it's all going to work out.
Skye's just one of numerous characters set to be introduced in the new ABC series. Via ComingSoon, the video below features Clark Gregg briefly running through the various characters in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agent Coulson's team's shaping up to be a good one. And those of us who have come to know and love Joss Whedon's series know he's truly a master of the ensemble. Will this group of characters gel as well as the teams we've seen on shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly? I want to say that we'll find out when the series premieres September 24 on ABC, but truth be told, the best of Whedon is that which is given time to develop. Granted, Firefly clicked pretty early on, but Buffy and Angel's teams took a season or two to really come together. Let's hope S.H.I.E.L.D. is given time to settle in and reach its potential, which - if The Avengers is any indication - could be substantial.
See executive producer Jeph Loeb had to say about bringing "urgency" back to television on Tuesday nights here. And if you haven't seen it yet, there's a video that lets us get to know Brett Dalton's Grant Ward a bit better. Watch that one here.