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April 06 2013

S.H.I.E.L.D. gets new title, synopsis. ABC are calling the show "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.". ETA: Though according to, "a network representative tells EW that this title is not yet official."

So - judging by how The Avengers is herein referred to as MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS does that make the actual current working title Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D?
Ok. First reaction: "Why?" Oh. Because some people might confuse it with the cop show with Michael Chiklis. Just like they had to change the name of the movie so people wouldn't confuse it with the British TV show. Gotcha.

Second reaction: "Great. More 'brilliant yet socially awkward' characters. Because Drs. Temperance Brennan and Sheldon Cooper aren't annoying enough." Sorry, but that's a tired cliche.

Third reaction: "Hmm. Sounds kind of like 'The X-Files' get Jossed. I'm so there!"
Xander was socially awkward. And Fred. And River. And Topher. I like socially awkward people, not because I can relate... Actually, entirely because I can relate.
Don't forget Dr. Spencer Reid, who's been on the television landscape for eight years. BEST non-Joss awkward genius ever.
Oh boy. 'Previously on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

That's going to seriously eat into their time. :p
Ok, I get the "Marvel's" part, which doesn't really have to be part of the used title anyway, but "Agents of" ? I'm still calling it SHIELD.
I'm calling it Coulson!
I'm calling it AOS. Because anything is easier than typing S.H.I.E.L.D. on an iPhone.
That means they're greenlighting it, right? I mean, they are intending to...

[ edited by Effulgent on 2013-04-06 22:08 ]
So, when can we expect the musical episode? :D
Effulgent, ABC term the press releases as "Development", so it's still at pilot stage.

And for those who haven't read the article, the cool bits for me; (Agent Coulson) 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... 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.
I'll just call it "Joss' new show."

edit: or going by that description gossi just posted: "Torchwood with super heroes" ;)

[ edited by D-e-f- on 2013-04-06 22:14 ]
they should've called it "Son of Coul and Friends"
Good. Less confusion with the show The Shield. Although it certainly is a mouthful.
To be honest, "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" is a really ungainly title. Maybe it'll grow on me.

Maybe they hired JAR just to read that title in a way to make it sound more cool.
In defense of changing it, I was just talking to my mom this last weekend about TV shows, and brought up that I was excited for SHIELD and she was like isn't that that cop show, which is really telling because my mom doesn't follow TV really at all other than some reality shows so her thinking of the cop show kind of shows that they might want something more than just SHEILD.
I don't think it'll be officially picked up until the upfronts, which are at the beginning of May if memory serves. Either way, we'll know soon, but i don't think we need to worry.
I know it hasn't been greenlit officially, just taking this as a good omen...

There's an interesting bit on the SHIELD buzz in this Deadline article.
21 letters. Exactly the same as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".
I don't like it. It's such a weird title.
I suppose S.H.I.E.L.D. was a bit all-encompassing. It is a gargantuan organization, after all. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. sounds more fitting for a show that will focus only on "the little guy". I guess Marvel was getting nervous about all the questions concerning what characters were going to be featured on the show. It's going to be hard to justify having people like Nick Fury or Tony Stark on a show with that title.
'21 letters. Exactly the same as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".'

So can we expect 7 years of TV episodes possibly followed by comic spin-off seasons? I'm in! You know what is also 21? 7+7+7, so it is a pretty lucky number.
Awful title. Too busy, too brand-ey, and awkward to say or read.
It'll always be SHIELD to me.

Edited to zdd that I'm pretty sure this is the first time we have learned any details about Skye's character. I was hoping she wouldn't be part of the team at least at first.

I imagined her as being our 'in' to the Marvel universe in-series. The most normal among the normals. Or maybe even being someone who gains powers, the teenaged girl with super powers that all Joss shows need.

Also am I the only one who dislikes that the asian character is a martial artist?

[ edited by eddy on 2013-04-07 00:19 ]
'Once Upon A Time' is an awkward unwieldily title that seems to be working out okay. I think we'll all soon be happily writing AoS like gossi (not to be confused with Joss' AtS). I do think the change of title makes it very clear that this is not your Mama's cop show, that instead this is related to all of Marvel's superhero movies (which can only be a good association in my opinion). I also think that this title will insure that everyone who enjoyed Avengers will tune (I sure hope so, because millions of people enjoyed Avengers!).
Buffy , Angel , etc. As a wise writing teacher once told me long ago - when in doubt about a title, err on being descriptive.
gossi - S.H.I.E.L.D. is easy to type on the iPhone - see here.
Ok, since I've seen it bandied about a lot and I'm new to the community, was Angel ever actually called Angel: The Series or was that like a Fan thing to separate it from the character which ended up really catching on? Just wondering since the only place on my dvds where I've seen it say something similar is on the big box which is Angel: The Complete Series, but all the cases still says The Complete X Season.
That is an awful name.
It kind of sounds like what you'd call a series of webisodes.
I'm going with #AoS for the hash tag. No one will ever make me use the periods in the acronym SHIELD. Ever. Just as asinine as the hyphen in Spider-man which I hate with an unreasonable yet burning passion.
Actually, my #1 complaint with the "The Avengers" (tiny, but still a complaint)
was the big honking distracting 'Marvel's' brand trademark on the screen during the title logo in the movie.

It is a little thing, but it is so annoying and distracting during an extremely cool scene.
It's the one thing that takes me out of the movie's world for a few seconds.

For the record, I can't wait to see
Kevin Feige's ABC's Joss Whedon's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

(Success has a thousand Fathers, but failure dies an orphan.)
It's a bit of a mouthful, but at this point I don't care if they call it "The Adventures of the Agents of the Marvel Universe's S.H.I.E.L.D. People Talking and Doing Things." I just want it made.
Ignoring the "Marvel's" part, because I figure that is more for branding than what viewers will call it in conversation, "Agents of SHIELD" has a nice sound to it. Their first names are all Agent, oh no.
We'll probably end up calling it AoS on twitter.
I've added an update from to the entry.
Gosh, I hope they don't make the same mistake as NBC's, "The Bionic Woman".

There was a good show driven into the ground by "network worry".
Madhatter, what gives you any indication that might happen? Even the slightest indication?
I don't really care what they call it. I just wanna see the darn thing.

I'm with Sunfire though–Agents of Shield sounds fine.
Not to be confused with your mother's cop show or your grandmother's sendup of James Bond movies (for those of you who don't remember where they were when JFK was shot, I'm referring to The Man From U.N.C.L.E.)
Incorporating Meltha's suggestion, I want the name changed to "S:@:H:@:I:@:E:@:L:@:D - Agents of the Marvel Both Talking and Doing Things"... because it's both handy and catchy.

Let's start a petition/fundraiser/twitter/website/tumblr.
I'm ok with the name change because I had trouble looking up SHIElD on IMDB. I can live with it.

I like the little synopsis. Like other posters have said, it's Torchwood flavored, but that's cool.
"Agents of SHIELD" stills sounds more like a description than a title. I wonder if Joss agreed to it.
But I'm glad it's not official yet, they might realize what a bad title it makes.
I'm fine with Agents of SHIELD. It won't get me odd looks, like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog do.

[ edited by gossi on 2013-04-07 16:48 ]
Yeah, I think it is obvious that Joss likes descriptive titles (eg 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog' could hardly be more unwieldily) in fact I always thought that 'Serenity' would have done better at the box office if it had been titled 'A Spaceship Called Serenity' (because a lot of young nerds thought it was a chick flick). I also have no problem w/the 'Marvel' label, which I think will attract more viewers than it will discourage.
I don't care. I'm just loving all the news! I can live with #AoS ;p

I'm just grin-y 'cause I had a calming Coulson dream - we had donuts. Original Krispy Kreme was therefore my unhealthy breakfast for the day.
A three-word title is hardly unwieldy. Although - you don't suppose there are people out there who might think this is a show about SHIELD's personal representation? (Coulson on the phone: "And I'm telling you the team isn't going anywhere without at least 10 percent of the gross ...")
I think people are missing the exciting implication: There are apparently Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who are not Marvel's! Who are these so-rogue agents that they defy the branding of their universe? (And how long until an exuberant fan decides that this is tacit approval to go and create them under the "My Name's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." moniker?)
D.C.'s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D...
Hey, web series creators - you can also do Cleaners of S.H.I.E.L.D. and such like. Until lawyer bots nuke you from orbit.
This week it's Subway's Agents of SHIELD and they eat a lot of sandwiches. Next week it's Dorito's Agents of SHIELD and they wear orange. The week after that it's just Torchwood.
Does Subway make Shawarma?
As with any title, having Morgan Freeman's voice reading it in your head makes it sound great.
I thought I was the only one that had Morgan Freeman's voice in my head. It got me through my college history classes. Just imagining him narrating "The War of 1812" makes it sound much more interesting.

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