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Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. project isn't even in production yet and already it's getting a mouthful of a name change: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There was no explanation given for the change, and most fans would probably agree that the original name was much snappier. But considering the scope of their gigantic Marvel Cinematic Universe project, it makes sense from a branding perspective to name-drop Marvel right in the title of the television series, thereby tying it directly to the movies for audience recognition.

A new synopsis for the show has also been released, and no, it doesn't explain at all how Agent Coulson survived being shanked with Loki's stabby-stick of doom in The Avengers:

Joss Whedon shows us not all heroes are super with "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, Marvel's The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of Super Heroes, aliens and the unusual – of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered S.H.I.E.L.D agents – that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world.

Executive Produced and co-written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen ("Dollhouse," "Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog"), Jeffrey Bell ("Angel," "Alias") and Jeph Loeb ("Smallville," "Lost," "Heroes") comes Marvel’s first live-action TV series, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

No word yet on when the series will premiere, but make sure to click [[follow]] and check back for updates. We'll keep you posted.



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