SHIELD Character Breakdowns and Surprise Announcement from NYCC
Since the original announcement that ABC was moving forward with a Joss Whedon helmed S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show broke, speculation has been nonstop as to what characters will be involved and what actors will be portraying them. Over the last few weeks interesting information has been released, and there has been a major announcement from the recent New York Comic Con.
The first bit of information released included details on character breakdowns for what is now the main group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Keep in mind that this is early, so these characters may be removed, changed, or replaced during development and that the descriptions are somewhat vague for use in casting and other such matters.
Skye: A woman in her late 20s who is describes as being fun, smart, caring, and confident. She also has an ability to get the upper hand on her enemies by using her wit and charm.
Agent Grant Ward: Quite the physical specimen and cool under fire. He’s a quiet person with a bit of a temper and sometimes botches interpersonal relations, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.
Agent Althea Rice: Also known as “The Calvary,” she is a hard-core soldier who is extremely skilled with weapons and at piloting. The experiences she’s had in her past have left her very quiet and a little damaged.
Agent Leo Fitz and Agent Jemma Simmons: These two came up through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. They have a sibling-like relationship which is reinforced by their similar personalities. They are both very nerdy with Jemma being a biologist and chemist while Leo is an expert with the technical side of weaponry.
The second bit of news, and likely the one that people will be discussing ad infinitum, was the announcement at NYCC that Agent Coulson will be a centerpiece of the series. Coulson, played by actor Clark Gregg in the Marvel films, was killed in The Avengers. Nothing is known at the moment as to how Coulson will be integrated into the series. Current speculation is that the series will take place before the events in The Avengers, that Coulson never actually died in The Avengers, or that he was somehow brought back from death in comic-book fashion. Either way, Marvel and Whedon seem to know how to make a big splash, with this news alone propelling internet commentary and speculation for a long time to come.
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