Agent Coulson lives! See the first trailer from the upcoming TV series about the team we last saw in the movie The Avengers. The new series, which will air on ABC in the US, follows Agent Phil Coulson (played by Clark Gregg) as puts together a small team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to handle strange new cases. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is created by The Avengers director Joss Whedon and will premiere in the US in September.
"When you're working in Marvel Comics - whether it's comics or the cinematic universe - you're cribbing from Shakespeare," Whedon said in a recent interview.
"The big themes, the big emotions, its kings, and betrayal and love and tragedy and that good stuff, and even in the way I write, any time you get to write about an Asgardian, there's going to be a touch of the Elizabethan in there."
'Get really mad at each other'
While Much Ado debuts in theatres on Friday, Whedon's focus is already on The Avengers 2 - due out in 2015 - and his upcoming Marvel-based TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premieres on ABC this fall.
Whedon acknowledges he does feel "pressure" to follow up on the success of The Avengers - the third highest-grossing film ever.
The comic book enthusiast says The Avengers seems perfectly normal to him - a world where Thor, Iron Man and Captain America "hang out" - and he was able to readily convey that to a wider audience.
"This is how the world meant to be. These guys are going to hang out and save the world and then they're going to get really mad at each other."
Whedon says - like with Shakespeare - the comic book language is "so familiar" to him that he's not scrambling to figure "this superhero thing out. We were only scrambling to make sure other people know what we already know."
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