Avengers spin-off to feature on ABC

Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) star of the new ABC series Agents of Shield.

Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) star of the new ABC series Agents of Shield.

For those who loved Marvel’s Avengers, keep on the lookout for the spin-off science-fiction drama Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (the acronym officially stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division). Officially premiering Tuesday, the new television series directed by Joss Whedon is based on Marvel Comics. Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstrige, and Iain De Caestecker, the show is about an espionage agency in New York City ultimately trying to save the world or more so the city.

There were many issues that needed to be considered while filming the show. The incorporation of intense action sequences from the “big screen” to the “little screen” needed to be accounted for; however, ABC is spending an abundant amount of money to make sure that the show’s visual effects do not disappoint fans of Avengers. Also, the directors had to be careful with the overall storyline of the show since some of the characters featured in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. play a role in upcoming movie Thor: the Dark World.

The lovable character Agent Phil Coulsen played by Clark Gregg, (who appeared in Iron Man, Thor, and eventually died in the Avengers) returns to lead a new pack of heroes. Although it is unclear how he survived, the directors proclaim that it will be revealed in later episodes in the series.

Anyone who loved the Black Widow from The Avengers should be excited to hear about Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), who appears to fill in the role of the female martial artist. Judging from the teasers on the show’s website, you can expect some great action scenes from her. Agent Grand Ward, played by Brett Dalton, is a man of few words but an expert at single-handedly getting his missions done. It will be interesting to see how he fares with the idea of teamwork.

The next two characters, Agent Jemma Simmon (Elizabeth Henstridge) and her partner Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) are the brains with a combined effort in biochemistry and engineering, they likely contribute to the deadly weapons that S.H.I.E.L.D. must use to take down their enemies. Since the two are implied to be inseparable, there might be romance brewing between the two.

The final team member in S.H.I.E.L.D. is Agent Skye, a genius computer hacker who at first sided against S.H.I.E.L.D. because of her recruitment to an organization called “The Rising Tide”, despite this, S.H.I.E.L.D. is able to win her over eventually, although her character and her past is described as a mystery to the organization. She could end up being the wild card as the series progresses.  

With Avengers pulling in $3.5 billion worldwide, the directors of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is hoping to reel in at least half of the Avenger’s fans and hopefully give ABC a boost in popularity as well. Although the show seems promising, we have to wonder just how long it will last. Action scenes are expensive, and it may be a challenge to impress the Avenger’s fans using a lower budget compared to movies. However, I’m sure we are all curious to see how the show will play out.