Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted a spectacular, action-packed teaser promo over the weekend as promised upon Friday's official pick-up announcement by ABC.
While predictably leaving us short of several critical details like why Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson still draws breath in this Marveliffic world, it does lay out the groundwork pretty well for the show's structure as a procedural series of sorts. In fact, Coulson himself says it quite clearly:
"We work the cases that S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't classified. The strange, the unknown. It's not just 'Spy vs. Spy' anymore. The whole world's in on the action."
So, it looks like this will be a kind of "supernatural case of the week" type of series akin to The X-Files or Fringe, except on a much larger scale and certainly within a much larger world that has been shaped by the emergence of the Titans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In that spirit, we see the cast of Coulson's fellow agents in action, along with footage of a powerful bodyslamming, building-jumping character played by J. August Richards, a veteran of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel making his return in front of the camera for The Avengers helmer, Joss Whedon, who directs this series pilot.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. sneaks back later to touch "Lola" when it debuts sometime this fall on ABC.