While the rest of us are busy tinkering away on our Life Model Decoys to send to do our day jobs so we can stay home and watch Joss Whedon’s forthcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, the folks behind the series are hard at work themselves and now have a new name and a Whedonverse cast member to show for it. Because Marvel’s titles are never long enough, the show is now officially known as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which rolls off the tongue like a Ron Burgundy vocal warm-up. This news came alongside the release of the official synopsis, which sheds some light on the band of ragtag, ultra-elite misfits that the now-breathing Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) will guide through each week’s A, B and C plots:
Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).
Although casting has, for the most part, avoided dipping into the Whedonverse talent pool (we’re still hoping for Fran Kranz as MODOK), TV Line has reported that Angel actor J. August Richards will join the cast in a “super top-secret role.” Well, he’s a member of S.H.I.E.L.D., presumably, so the secrecy makes sense. Here’s hoping that we’ll finally see David Mitchell, a.k.a. Human Top, on national television. Seems plausible, right?