It was just last May when we got our first look at genre TV legend Joss Whedon’s take on the Marvel Universe via his blockbuster feature The Avengers, and that look was good. It was good indeed. But The Avengers was so well-loved that the wait for another Whedon and Marvel team-up has begun to feel endless already. The good news is that we don’t have to wait until The Avengers 2 in 2015 to get another taste of Whedon handling superhero stuff though, because Marvel also put him in charge of putting together their upcoming primetime network television drama, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
And still, while Whedon getting a chance to develop another TV show is dream come true enough for fans of things like Buffy and Firefly, and the fact that this new show will give us a chance to see Whedon dabbling in the Avengers universe again in 2013 is added icing on the cake, Marvel and the network who’s going to be airing Agents of SHIELD, ABC, have been kind of jerking us around when it comes to telling us when the show is actually going to premiere. Here we are all jittery and agitated, looking for another fix, and all they’ve given us is the generic promise of “coming this fall!” Thankfully for our sanity, with the release of ABC’s new fall schedule, the premiere date for Whedon’s new show has finally been confirmed.
According to a press release from Marvel Studios [via Coming Soon], we’ll all finally get our chance to watch the pilot episode for Whedon’s awkwardly titled Avengers spin-off come Tuesday, September 24. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD will kick off a night of entirely new programming with its premiere at 8:00 EST, and will then be followed by a show called The Goldbergs at 8:30, Trophy Wife at 9:00, and Lucky 7 at 10:00. Choosing a brand new show to anchor a night of new programming has to be seen as an indication that ABC has a lot of faith in what Whedon and company have come up with so far, which is certainly a first for Whedon and a network television show, and a promising indicator for previously burned Whedon fans that maybe we’ll actually get to see more than one season of this thing (six seasons and six movies?).
Probably everybody knows what this one is going to be about at this point, but for those who aren’t yet in the know, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD will see Clark Gregg reprise his role as the newly not-dead Agent Coulson in order to put together a secret SHIELD task force that specializes specifically in locating and identifying new superhuman threats. In addition to having Gregg in a starring role, Whedon has also recruited a crew of young actors to fill out the rest of the cast, including Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, and Chloe Bennet as the mysterious computer hacker Skye.
If you want to learn more about the show before September 24 rolls around, keep your eyes on upcoming Comic Con coverage, because Marvel has a panel planned for the show this Friday that’s going to include participation from Whedon as well as executive producer Jeph Loeb, so that one’s sure to drop a juicy detail or two. And hey, what the heck, you can check out a promo for the show below as well. It’s nice to stay informed.