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The most highly-anticipated new series of the year finally made its debut on Tuesday night. Of course, we are talking about Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers and Buffy director's Joss Whedon's new drama which brings Marvel's superhero business to the small screen. While Iron Man, Captain America and the rest of the gang didn't come along, fan favorite Clark Gregg leads the charge (and a slew of new agents) as resurrected S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson. (#CoulsonLives! Sorry, we had to!)
Expectations couldn't have been higher, thanks to Whedon's pedigree and Marvel and ABC's secrecy and we're dying to know what you thought of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? So Nerd Herd, assemble, we have some geeking out to do! Plus, we have scoop straight from Gregg and the rest of the cast on what's to come...
S.H.I.E.L.D.'s pilot felt like classic Whedon, with a band of misfits coming together to form a dysfunctional family. Viewers were introduced to Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), the cocky up-and-comer with the skills to back up his smart mouth; Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), the seasoned badass-pilot with a troubled past, Skye (Chloe Bennet), the gorgeous and witty hacker/superhero aficionado, and sure-to-be fan favorite duo "Fitzsimmons," aka Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Leo Fitz (Iain de Caestacker).
And while none of the Avengers stopped by to crash the party, the pilot's main case tied into Iron Man 3, thanks to a secret agency administering the Extremis formula from the film, which is how we meet J. August Richards character. ABC and Marvel kept Angel vet Richards' role close to the vest leading to speculation that he was a superhero, but we learn that he was just a desperate father looking to keep his job after an injury. But it seems like he will become the team's resident hero. Of course, the agency giving out the formula isn't the only mystery introduced in the hour as we've yet to learn the real story behind Coulson's resurrection. You've got some explaining to do, Agent Marie Hill! (Yay for Cobie Smulders!)
"He lives and he thinks he's got the whole story and then we find out maybe there's more to the story," Gregg teases. "That seems like it's going to be on ongoing mystery with more layers to unravel." Gregg adds that he was excited to see "an edge" to Coulson in the pilot, one that wasn't present in The Avengers. "Maybe he's not the same guy," he says.
While Gregg says he'd like to see Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) appear at some point, Henstridge says she could see Simmons get along with Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) quite well. "My character's a biochemist, so I feel like they would have a lot to talk about," she explains, but admits, "I think she would swoon over Loki." (Who wouldn't?!)
Dalton adds that he could see Ward get along with the Hulk as well "because he keeps to himself. He doesn't say much until he actually has to and then he says everything with action."
So who will we actually see appear? "Anybody could show up at any time," Gregg teases.
Now we turn it over to you: Vote in our latest Save It or Sink It poll below and then head on down to the comments to discuss Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with your fellow TV lovers!