First we had a six-second Vine trailer for ABC’s “Agents of SHIELD.” Then we had a 30-second trailer. Now we have a full two and half minutes of promo for the series – or at least the pilot, directed by “Avengers” director and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon.
And there’s so much fun stuff in it.
The trailer addresses, head-on, the idea that Agent Phil Coulson (series start Clark Gregg) was supposed to have been killed in “The Avengers.” It’ll be interesting to see how that story plays out. Will they tease us with what happened? Or very quickly attribute it to a Nick Fury scheme to motivate Tony Stark, Steve Rogers and Thor Odinson?
That’s definitely the voice of Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill from “The Avengers”) in the trailer, asking the young agent what SHIELD means to him. Interesting to see if Smulders will play a recurring role in the show.
I’m so hoping that J. August Richards is playing Luke Cage. Richards is more wiry and wry than Cage, but I really want to see this charismatic actor bring that classic character to life. And what do you want to bet Whedon will have him exclaim “Sweet Christmas,” Cage’s trademark exclamation?
There’s plenty of Joss Whedon-type humor here. Whedon was a master of playing against expectations and we see that here, especially the scene where (at least initially) anti-SHIELD investigator/hacker Skye (Chloe Bennett) is boasting that her message can’t be stopped … until Coulson and company roll open the door of her van. There’s another when Skye is being interrogated and is told it can go two ways. “Is one the easy way?” “No,” she is told. “Oh.”
We get some glimpses of the heroes of “The Avengers,” but the trailer really emphasizes the normal-ness of most of its main characters, noting, “Not all heroes … are super.”
That being said, Whedon likes tough chicks. Here we see Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May kicking butt, just like Buffy or the Black Widow.
We see not only Richards’ character in the trailer but indications that SHIELD is keeping track of a burgeoning superhero population around the world. That makes sense considering that the post-credits scene of 2008’s “Iron Man” – the scene that started this all – indicated that Nick Fury showed up when Tony Stark went public.
In a way, the street-level, non-superhero perspective reminds me of “Marvels,” the classic 1994 Marvel comic series that redrew the landmark events of Marvel in the 1960s from the eye of the common man.
For a weekly series, that’s a smart move. Viewers will like knowing there’s a perspective similar to their own, boggling over the Marvels that are popping up around the globe.