So what is S.H.I.E.L.D.?
In the Marvel movie universe as well as the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes animated series, S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. Basically, it’s the top espionage and law enforcement agency in the Marvel Comics Universe.
S.H.I.E.L.D. first appeared in the movies with Iron Man, where we first met Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). Gregg’s Coulson character went on to appear in other films in the Avengers franchise, including Iron Man 2, Thor, and The Avengers, where it appeared he was killed by Loki. Clearly, he “got better” as he will be featured in the new S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. More on that in a moment.
S.H.I.E.L.D. also was featured in a 1990′s TV movie starring David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury. We won’t be talking about that one here.
In the comics, S.H.I.E.L.D. first showed up way back in 1965 within the pages of Strange Tales #135. Leading the group was Nick Fury, an older white man who had previously fought in World War II in Marvel’s Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos series. An older Fury did appear in an issue of Fantastic Four prior to the launch of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Strange Tales feature. S.H.I.E.L.D. was featured through issue #168, and after that, it went off into its own comic book series Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. with some legendary artwork by Jim Steranko that still holds up to this day.
In the decades to follow, S.H.I.E.L.D. and aspects of it have been featured in various titles of its own as well as making appearances in other series like Secret War, The Ultimates, New Avengers and, recently, Secret Avengers. The longest running S.H.I.E.L.D. comic book series ran for 47 issues between September 1989 and May 1993. More recently, a comic book series from writer Jonathan Hickman told a “secret history” of S.H.I.E.L.D. that included major historical figures.
So what is this site about?
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Named as such surely to prevent confusion with the FX series The Shield) is a television series that airs Tuesday nights on ABC, as part of some synergy between Disney divisions Marvel and ABC. It was announced in July 2012 that a TV series set in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” would be on the agenda, and in August it was confirmed that the project would be S.H.I.E.L.D. and that Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers, would be involved. Whedon’s brother Jed Whedon and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen teamed up with Joss to develop a script alongside Executive Producers Jeph Loeb (head of Marvel Television) and Jeffrey Bell. Jed Whedon, Tancharoen, and and Bell are showrunners of the project, which moves t0 9PM Tuesdays beginning Fall 2014 for Season 2.
Starring in the series is Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who oversees many of the division’s field operations. Somehow he survived Loki’s attack in The Avengers.
Ming-Na Wen playsMelinda May, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who is an ace pilot and weapons expert; Elizabeth Henstridge is Gemma Simmons, an agent who specializes in both human and alien life sciences. She is a close partner of Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestacker), an agent who specializes in weapons technology. Brett Dalton plays Grant Ward, a gruff, asocial “manly man” who is really good at his job but not so good at getting along with his coworkers. Despite this, he has a strong moral foundation and is said to be charming. Finally, Chloe Bennet plays Skye, a character described as many things: Bubbly, Goofy, Warm, Edgy, and Witty. She can hold her own in any situation, and it sounds like she’s involved with a fringe group called “Rising Tide.” Cobie Smulders has appeared on the show as Maria Hill, Jaime Alexander has appeared as Lady Sif, and Samuel L. Jackson has appeared as Nick Fury, reprising their roles from the movie series.
As for the site itself… you’ve probably seen some of the other sites in this website network. KryptonSite was the premier destination for all things Smallville since its inception in 2001, and webmaster Craig Byrne (also behind this… hi, that’s me!) ended up writing the official companion books for four seasons of the series. HeroSite.net was another big one, covering Heroes for its four seasons before its unfortunate decline. Currently in addition to KSiteTV, an all-purposes TV show news site, we’ve got GreenArrowTV, which, like KryptonSite for Smallville, covers the CW series Arrow. Hopefully this website here will have similar coverage.
What else can we find to tie in with this website?
We’ve got a Facebook page set up… and a Twitter feed… and a forum where you can discuss all things Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Hopefully you will visit. I know a lot of others will also be covering Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. extensively, so hopefully here at least you will find something different and unique, as I know they will be different and unique as well in this large community.
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