Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. series: 1st trailer, viral clips, ID cards

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

The first trailer for Joss Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series has finally arrived, and it looks like they’ll be packing more than enough of that patented Marvel magic to make it work. Explosions? Check. Heroes? Check. Tantalizing teasers of connections to The Avengers? Double check.

With Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) at the center, we get a chance to see the team in action and a peek at the (noticeably high) production values we can expect in the pilot this fall. There’s also some welcome narration from Coulson setting up the premise: "We work the cases that S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't classified: the strange, the unknown. It's not just spy versus spy anymore -- the whole world's in on the action."

No major surprises, but it’s still nice to finally see the thesis statement Whedon is building the series around. They’re basically the X-Files division of S.H.I.E.L.D., which should open up limitless possibilities for all kinds of crazy missions.

Along with the above trailer, the network has also rolled out some viral content that hints at one of the major arcs from the series: a group called Rising Tide, which has tasked itself with investigating all these superheroic shenanigans. The group’s blog is posting a ton of short viral clips, teasing shady S.H.I.E.L.D. missions, Iron Man activity and a Hulk appearance.

Gregg will play his big-screen character Coulson, who will be joined by Ming-Na (Stargate Universe) as administrator Melinda May; Chloe Bennet as superhero-obsessed hacker Skye; Elizabeth Henstridge as bio-chemist Jemma Simmons; Iain De Caestecker as engineer Leo Fitz; and Brett Dalton as specialist Agent Ward Grant. The show will be produced by Whedon (he also directed the pilot), along with Jeffrey Bell (Angel), Jeph Loeb (Smallville), Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog).

To show off the cast, Marvel has also dropped some S.H.I.E.L.D. identification cards listing specialities and basic info. Well, for everyone except Skye (Chloe Bennett), who is represented here in a security cam notice.

We should find out this week where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will fit on the ABC schedule, and the network is expected to start ramping up the promotional efforts like crazy this summer. So what do you think of what we’ve seen so far?

(Via Marvel, Bleeding Cool)

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