On Tuesday (May 14), ABC premiered a three-minute teaser trailer for "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Marvel Entertainment's new television series created by "Marvel's the Avengers" writer-director Joss Whedon. Filled with comic mythology detail and the filmmaker's characteristic humor, the clip introduced the premise of the show and offered fans a glimpse at what they will experience when the show debuts in the fall.
The clip begins as Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) arrives at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, where he's surprised to discover that Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), who everyone believed was killed during "Avengers," is very much alive. Coulson, the cucumber-cool S.H.I.E.L.D. lifer, explains that the organization essentially tracks and assists with superhero and superhero-related events around the world — or some of them, anyway.
"We work the cases that S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't classified," Coulson says. "The strange, the unknown; it's not just spy versus spy any more. The whole world's in on the action."
Meanwhile, a young woman named Skye (Chloe Bennett) reaches out to a man (J. August Richards) to tell him to keep away from the organization, which she brands as "scary government people." But rallying conspiracy theorists, Coulson and his crew locate her operation in the back of a van.
"We will rise against those who would shield us from the truth," she says, "and nothing can stop us." It's at that moment that Coulson opens the door, and after getting shrouded by one of his fellow agents, she soon finds herself in custody at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters.
Coulson reassures Skye that S.H.I.E.L.D. isn't merely a black-ops organization intent on protecting the world from its worst secrets. It's one that brokers peace and cooperation between the mortal and superhuman populations. "We're not exactly a team, but we're in a position to do some good." That said, their behavior suggests they're far more than just diplomats; not only is there plenty of superhero action, but Coulson's teammate Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) demonstrates her aptitude for ass kicking.
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premieres on ABC in the Fall. Check out the teaser for more details about the Marvel superhero world's arrival on the small screen.