Time for some Marvel project updates!
Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out in April 2014, and Marvel has released the first official image from the set. It will start where The Avengers left off and will see the Cap pairing up with Black Widow to fight off a villain in Washington DC. The cast from the first film will return, and Robert Redford is on board as a senior leader within S.H.I.E.L.D.
Speaking of the organization with too many periods, the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot got a name change and an official synopsis. I’m guessing they don’t want to be confused with the series called the The Shield so they’re going with the wordy Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The synopsis is cooler than the new name (and only a little longer):
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.
I’m excited about both new projects but especially the TV series.