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We’re not getting a new Firefly but we are at least getting more of Shepherd Book as actor Ron Glass joins the cast of S.H.I.E.L.D. Joss Whedon is known for taking actors that he’s worked with on one series and bringing them on in another, so it’s not surprising to see Glass and Whedon together again. It doesn’t look like he’s playing an agent, but hopefully he’s in a role that still gives him plenty of screen time.

That’s not the only new casting announcement. Fans of Ghost Whisperer will be happy to see David Conrad appearing as a recurring character described as a “brilliant and quirky scientist.” This show can’t get here fast enough. Is it September 24th yet?

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The latest trailer for the upcoming Joss Whedon series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” gives us an even better look at what we can expect when the series debuts this Fall. We’ve got Agent Coulson back from the dead, witty agents, explosions, gadgetry, superheroes, and a sexy, red car named Lola. It’s as good as any movie trailer and sets the bar darn high. We’ve also got official cast shots from the series to give you a good look at the people you’ll be getting to know on Tuesdays this Fall.

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Well, duh.

Of course, you never really know until the official word comes down, and that’s just what’s happened with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I mean, how sad and shocking would it be if the show wasn’t picked up?

On that note, Joss Whedon’s new series will debut this fall on ABC. According to TVLine, the first promo for the show will air during Sunday night’s Once Upon a Time finale.

(TVLine via IGN)

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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.

(EW via /Film)

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Captain America’s shield has never looked so elegant. This lovely stained glass lamp was made by the talented Michael McLane (yes, he made the amazing mosaic Iron Man lamp too). During the day he’s a metallurgical engineer at a steel mill but in his off hours, he makes these nerdy Tiffany style lamps as a hobby. He’s putting so much time into his hobby that he’s opened an Etsy store for his wares. I highly recommend visiting the shop just to drool over his creations.

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If the characters of Adventure Time carried heraldic shields around, then they most likely look like these. Each shield is done to match the character and personality of who it’s being made for; for example, the Flame Princess gets a fiery-looking shield with a couple of volcanoes off to one side.

These illustrations were done by artist Mr. Caputo. You can check out our favorites from the series, after the break.

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Production Designer James Chinlund has just posted beautiful concept art from The Avengers that showcases the vehicles seen in the film. There are full-color sketches along with graphics and even set design blueprints. There’s also evidence that, somewhere on that helicarrier, they’ve got an in-house Starbucks to keep S.H.I.E.L.D. agents happily caffeinated.

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One of the biggest pieces of news out of New York Comic Con is that Agent Phil Coulson will return in the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. television series. Clark Gregg portrayed the beloved character in The Avengers, and the fan base was decidedly upset about his untimely death. In fact, you could say Coulson Lives has become somewhat of a movement. When Gregg took the stage at the Marvel panel at NYCC, the crowd reportedly went wild.

After Gregg mentioned a Life Model Decoy and needled Jeph Loeb about bringing him back, Joss Whedon made an appearance via video, and CBR was there to take it in.

“We all love Clark Gregg, there’s no doubt about that,” Whedon said. “From before we made ‘The Avengers,’ we discussed whether there was a way for him to be a part of the Marvel Universe, perhaps a part of a TV show even after his death. … The fact of the matter is, as much as we love him, now that I’m really running Marvel, I like to keep a type of artistic integrity, which means we don’t stretch the bounds of reality.”

“There was never going to be a ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ show without Agent Phil Coulson!” said Feige, who appeared behind Whedon, wearing a COULSON LIVES shirt.

“He’s headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was.” said Whedon.

Loeb then confirmed Gregg was the first person cast in the series. We don’t know if the series is a prequel to the movie or whether Coulson didn’t actually die. I actually don’t much care, I’m just happy to have Clark Gregg back in action.

(via CBR)

This Hylian Shield is made of Lego bricks, and it is spectacular. Bolt of Blue has captured the crest of Hyrule perfectly in this design from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Now if it only functioned like an actual shield…

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The news broke earlier this week that ABC has ordered a live-action S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot from Joss Whedon. There was much rejoicing as he confirmed that he would be writing the pilot along with his brother, Jed Whedon, and Jed’s wife, Mo Tancharoen. He’ll also be directing if his schedule allows.

Yesterday, more details surfaced, and although he’ll be heavily involved in the pilot, it’ll be his wife and brother that will be the showrunners. He plans to pop in now and then, give them his two cents, and then disappear back to his other projects.

Additionally, Whedon has stated that this is most definitely not a spinoff of The Avengers movie. Plans are for this to be completely “autonomous” from the movie and its storylines. This is S.H.I.E.L.D, not more of The Avengers. At this stage though, we’re still just looking at a pilot, so who knows if it’ll actually get picked up and become the next darling of the Whedon-verse.

(via MTVNews and Bleeding Cool)