Sep. 24, 2013
Returning Series
60 min.
ABC TV Network

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel's feature films assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.

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  • In an August 2013 Entertainment Weekly interview, Joss Whedon said that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is "basically a TV series of 'The Zeppo' [an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer], which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a Buffy episode in order to star the person who mattered the least. The people who are ignored are the people I've been writing as my heroes from day one."
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. When originally created for the comic book in 1965, it stood for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division.
  • SPOILER: The series shows that Phil Coulson's personal car, Lola, can fly. In the S.H.I.E.L.D. comics, flying cars supplied by Stark Industries have been standard vehicles for the organization since 1967.
  • Jacinta Yelland auditioned for the role of Skye.
  • While this is a continuation of Coulson's first appearance (film or otherwise), this is actually the second television series that Clark Gregg plays the character. He also voices the character on Ultimate Spider-man.
  • SPOILER: This is the second MARVEL appearance of Glenn Morshower playing a U.S. military general who gets killed by another character overpowering him. He previously played Colonel Hendry in X: First Class (2011).
  • SPOILER: Clark Gregg reprises his role as Phil Coulson. Although Phil Coulson was killed off in "The Avengers", Nick Fury used Coulson's death to motivate The Avengers after Coulson had appeared to had been killed by Loki, he was later revived from the dead on Fury's orders using a TOP SECRET procedure.
  • Adrian Pasdar, who plays Glenn Talbot, is no stranger to working on superhero-based projects. He is also known for playing Nathan Petrelli in Heroes, and has been the voice of Tony Stark/Ironman on many projects such as "Avengers Assemble" (2013), Ultimate Spider-man, Lego Marvel Super Heroes (2013) (VG), and Phineas and Ferb's Marvel special.
  • The call-sign number for Agent Coulson's personal plane "The Bus" is 616, which in Marvel comic continuity is a reoccurring motif that is used to designate the universe which mainstream Marvel comic continuity takes place.
  • A number of episodes from the first season establish the origins of several long-running Marvel characters. Franklin Hall introduced in "The Asset" who becomes the super-villain, Graviton, and Donnie Gill in "Seeds" who becomes Blizzard, one of the foes of Iron Man.
  • SPOILER: The creators told Brett Dalton that Ward was going to be a Hydra agent before they filmed the pilot. He was the first cast member to learn about Ward's duplicity.
  • SPOILER: Many fans responded to Brett Dalton (II) (Ward) badly after his character was revealed to be a double agent. However, there is a large fan base on social media called Ward's Warriors who openly support the character and a potential redemption arc for him. They often trend hashtags like #standwithward during episodes.
  • "The Bus" is based on the U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport plane. The real C-17 does not have the rear wings and engines of The Bus, though. If The Bus was real, it would have some severe design flaws. The rear engines would suck in exhaust gases from the front engines, and the rear wings would not generate much lift due to being in the wake of the front wings.
  • The character of Scorch is actually a mutant in the Marvel comics but since Fox Studios owns the rights to use the term mutants in Marvel properties, his status is alluded to slyly by using the slang terms used for mutants in the comics like "gifted" and "special".
  • There is a sign post in "The Hub" base that points to the H.A.M.M.E.R. hangar, a nod to the Spider-Man antagonist, Norman Osborn who for a time was in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D. and re-branded the agency as H.A.M.M.E.R.
  • The info given about San Juan, Puerto Rico is accurate. Even the legend regarding the "Garita del Diablo" is correct. Still today, no one dares to get inside of it although it's closed to the public anyway. Also the place marks exactly one of the corners of the Bermuda Triangle.
  • The Bus's official call sign is the CXD-23 Airborne Mobile Command Station. In the U.S. military's alphanumeric aircraft designation system, "CXD" would stand for Cargo, Experimental, Drone Director. A more accurate designation would be something like XEV-23, for Experimental, special Electronic mission, Vertical Take-Off/Landing.
  • During "The Well" Agent Simmons says that she is going to give Agent Ward 20cc's of Benzodiazepine to help calm him down. Benzodiazepine is a classification of medications, like Valium and Xanax, and not a medication itself. The use of this term is because Valium and Xanax are copyright-protected names.
  • During pre-production, the character of Agent Melinda May was originally named 'Althea Rice'. Source: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One Declassified" by Troy Benjamin.
  • Agent Hand (Saffron Burrows) & Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) were both in Deep Blue Sea.
  • Kyle MacLachlan and Dichen Lachman who play husband and wife both share the birthday of February 22.
  • Adrianne Palicki was cast as Bobbi Morse in a recurring role and as a principal cast during season 2.
  • Adrianne Palicki and Brian Patrick Wade auditioned for Gamora and Drax, respectively in Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • SPOILER: At first, Chloe Bennet had thought that her character would become She-Hulk.
  • Nick Blood and Ruth Negga both previously appeared in Misfits (UK), a show aired in the UK about young offenders with super powers.
  • Although the character of Skye was born in 1988, Chloe Bennet, the actress who portrays her, was born in 1992.
  • SPOILER: Though Dichen Lachman and Chloe Bennet play mother and daughter on the show, Lachman is only 10 years older than her TV daughter. However, this is appropriate, given that Lachman's character can prevent herself from aging.
  • SPOILER: The 2014 poster for Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D. appears to contain an easter egg. There are only 6 original members (Coulson, Fitz, Simmons, May, Ward, and Skye), but there are 7 pictured on the poster. It appears that Ward may be pictured twice, from two different angles, with a crack in the pavement separating one of his instances from the group, possibly teasing his double-agent role and eventual separation from the group.
  • SPOILER: While promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon stated Agent Coulson is dead in the film's time line, but not in this series.
  • SPOILER: Season 1 introduces the terrorist organization Hydra. Season 2 introduces Inhumans to the MCU. Season 3 introduces the Secret Warriors with Daisy (Quake) as a leader. Season 4 will introduce LMD's (Life Model Decoys)

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