'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Joss Whedon talks new show at ABC event

PHOENIX - Coulson lives.

If you saw Joss Whedon's summer blockbuster "The Avengers," you'll remember that S.H.I.E.L.D Agent Phil Coulson gave his life to help save the planet.

In true comic book fashion, Whedon has brought Coulson back to head a team of elite agents in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Coulson's team will investigate strange occurrences around the world as they relate to superpowers and help protect the ordinary from the extraordinary.

Whedon told potential investors at ABC's upfront presentation Tuesday that he expects the new series to be a success because, like "The Avengers," it's designed to appeal to a wide audience.

The series marks Marvel's first venture into television, having already developed numerous hits for the big screen.

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Whedon said he specifically designed the show around actor Clark Gregg, who plays Coulson, because his character is a normal guy in an increasingly abnormal world.

Coulson's team will consist of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist; and new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

The show will premiere this fall and will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC15.

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