'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Debuts at Comic-Con: 5 Huge Reveals From the Series Premiere
How do you shrink down a billion-dollar comic book franchise to fit on the small screen? We think we just found out.
ABC's hotly-anticipated "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," a spinoff of last year's mega-hit movie "The Avengers," made its debut at Comic-Con on Friday, with fans getting the very first look at the series premiere (airing September 24). And we were there, taking notes in the dark to bring you five key reveals from this fall's buzziest new show. (Warning to the spoiler-phobic: A couple of huge bombshells are detonated below, so avert your eyes if you don't want to know.)
1. Cobie Smulders is onboard!
When "S.H.I.E.L.D." the TV show was first announced, fans wondered if "How I Met Your Mother" star Cobie Smulders would be available to reprise her "Avengers" role as Agent Maria Hill. Well, wonder no more: Smulders is front and center in the premiere, a full and prominent member of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team.
Of course, she still needs to get married to Neil Patrick Harris on the final season of "HIMYM," so it's not clear how often Smulders will appear on "S.H.I.E.L.D." going forward. But she's definitely a valued member of the cast; as director Joss Whedon (who also helmed "The Avengers") told Entertainment Weekly, "I wanted very much to have Cobie in the pilot, because as much as anyone else, she is S.H.I.E.L.D."
2. Coulson lives!
S.H.I.E.L.D, for the uninitiated, is a top-secret global squad of human agents that helps superheroes like Iron Man and Captain America keep the planet safe, led by the ultra-cool (and snarky!) Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg.
We know what you're thinking: Didn't Agent Coulson die in "The Avengers"? Yes, he did… but nobody stays dead for long in comic books, right? The "S.H.I.E.L.D." premiere explains that Nick Fury only faked Coulson's death to motivate the Avengers, with the agent enjoying some down time in Tahiti. But there's more to the story: Maria hints that Coulson still doesn't know what really happened when he "died." Sounds like a mystery that may take all season to unravel.
Watch the trailer for ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." right here:
3. There's a superhero in the mix… but which one?