3 S.H.I.E.L.D. rumors that seem to have come true + 9 that haven't (yet)

Joss Whedon's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been one of the most rumor-generating TV series in recent memory.

Some of that comes from its franchise tie-in nature. It's automatically connected to The Avengers, one of the biggest movies of all time, which also makes it connected to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Add to that all the fanboy and fangirl enthusiasm surrounding the cast, crew and potential storylines, plus a good bit of secrecy on Marvel's part, and you're bound to get a lot of dubious information.

Now, with less than a month to go until the show finally premieres, we're here to set the record straight. We've gathered some of the biggest rumors swirling around the series in the gallery below, and noted whether they appear to be true or not. Sadly, most of the rumors we've heard about the show have been just that — rumors — but the good news is they're all still (mostly) plausible things that could happen if the show takes off. 

Check out the rumors below, and let us know which one you'd most like to see become reality. 

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 8/7 C on ABC.

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    The Rumor: The Avengers will make a crossover appearance

    Almost from the moment Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was announced, rumors made the rounds that Earth's Mightiest Heroes - the big screen titans that made the show possible - would be stopping by for a crossover. While it might be fun to see Thor hanging out at the office, series mastermind Joss Whedon has put those rumors to rest, saying his show is "not an Easter egg hunt."

    The Verdict: False (At least for now)

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    The Rumor: Lizzy Caplan will be a series regular

    After her appearance in the Avengers follow-up short film "Item 47," Caplan seemed like a prime candidate to haunt the halls of S.H.I.E.L.D. at least several times in a season. Though she might be interested in popping up eventually, Caplan's got her own new show (Masters of Sex on Showtime), so she won't be available to return to the Marvel Universe for a while, unless it's for "some little thing."

    The Verdict: False (For now)


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    The Rumor: This is how Coulson really returns from the dead

    There are a number of fan theories (including the idea that he might be now, or was previously, a Life Model Decoy) for how Agent Phil Coulson's return from the dead will be explained on the show. Star Clark Gregg and writer Joss Whedon have both played the details very close to the vest, but one supposed true account of Coulson's resurrection has surfaced, claiming that his death was simply faked to motivate The Avengers to save New York.

    The Verdict: False (so far), but plausible

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    The Rumor: Coulson Lives

    From the moment the show was announced, fans began speculating about the possible return of Coulson, and Clark Gregg's own comments about hoping to continue his relationship with Marvel only stoked the fire. Finally, we got the news that Coulson does, in fact, live, and Avengers fans rejoiced.

    The Verdict: True

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    The Rumor: Summer Glau will have a role

    Given Joss Whedon's preference for recasting his friends in show after show, it wasn't surprising to hear rumors that Firefly's Summer Glau would be showing up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But while Glau was quick to express her enthusiasm about working on the show, we still haven't heard anything on the casting front.

    The Verdict: False (So far...)

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    The Rumor: Tom Hiddleston will guest star

    Tom Hiddleston has become the most popular villain the Marvel Universe, more popular even than some of The Avengers themselves, so it's not surprising that there were whispers of him making a cameo on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Hiddleston himself has even said he's spoken to Whedon about the show, but Whedon has been steadfast in his position that the series is not about The Avengers, so nothing definite has surfaced.

    The Verdict: False (So far, but this also sounds like information Marvel would keep very secret for as long as possible.)

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    The Rumor: Maria Hill will appear

    Given her role in The Avengers, it wasn't surprising to hear rumors that Cobie Smulders would return to the Marvel Universe for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. For a long time all we knew was that Smulders was in "talks" to return, but then we finally learned that she will at least show up in the pilot, and possibly a good deal more once her sitcom How I Met Your Mother ends this season.

    The Verdict: True

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    The Rumor: J. August Richards will join the show, and he'll play Luke Cage!

    It wasn't hard to confirm that Whedon alum J. August Richards would join the show, but once footage of his character surfaced in the trailer, speculation over who he would play was ignited. For a while, a lot of people thought that he'd be playing Luke Cage, while others believed he would be a smaller Marvel superhero, Rage. There were also reports from San Diego Comic-Con that Richards would play the minor Marvel character Mike Peterson. Whoever he is, he's definitely not Cage, as that rumor in particular was dimissed by producer Jeffrey Bell earlier this year.

    The Verdict: Richards' casting is True, but the Luke Cage rumor is False

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    The Rumor: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will introduce new superheroes and then spin them off into movies

    Though Joss Whedon has been steadfast in describing the show as a show about the agents, reports have surfaced claiming that the show will also be a platform for Marvel superheroes who haven't showed up in the movies yet to get some exposure before they spin off to the big screen, including the likes of Power Man and Iron Fist. So far, it's nothing but an unconfirmed rumor.

    The Verdict: False/Unconfirmed (For now)

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    The Rumor: The Taskmaster will appear in the pilot

    Reports surfaced a couple of months ago that Walking Dead co-star Travis Love had been cast in the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot as Marvel villain Taskmaster. Shortly after the news broke, though, ABC denied it, so it seems Taskmaster might not show up after all.

    The Verdict: False

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    The Rumor: Alan Tudyk will guest star

    Yet another ever-popular Joss Whedon alum, Firefly's Alan Tudyk, has also been rumored to show up on the series, particularly because he was reportedly spotted on the set. According to Tudyk, though, he was just visiting.

    The Verdict: False (Unless Tudyk was lying about that just visiting thing)

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