Details have been fairly hard to come by about Joss Whedon’s new project, the recently confirmed ABC pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D.—the upcoming television drama which spins off from The Avengers film.
All we knew was that the show would follow S.H.I.E.L.D., spotlighting new characters, and feeling like an autonomous branch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
And now we could know who those characters are. Hit the break for details.
Courtesy of TVLine, the following cast descriptions have been released of the five central characters of the show;
Skye: This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident— with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.
Agent Grant Ward: Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.
Agent Althea Rice: Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.
Agent Leo Fitz and Agent Jemma Simmons: These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies — she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.
They are definitely the new characters which Whedon promised the show would focus on, helping it to feel like an expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, whilst also something which can stand on its own.
S.H.I.E.L.D. is to begin production immediately, being the first live-action Marvel TV project to get the green light.