By Alison Willmore | Indiewire May 12, 2013 at 9:51PM
One of the recent network pickups that came as no surprise at all was ABC's of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the Marvel universe series developed by Joss Whedon. While Whedon's record on the small screen has been one of ambition, critical acclaim and fan heartbreak, he arrives to this project high off of directing "The Avengers," the third highest grossing film of all time.
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will find the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator building out the story of the organization at the core of "The Avengers" and related to other Marvel properties, including the return of Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson (the character's untimely passing in the blockbuster getting explained away somehow -- mere death cannot stop a giant franchise).
ABC official ordered "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." to series on Friday, though it seemed an awfully safe bet before then, with Whedon directing the pilot. The network just released a teaser for the show, which co-stars Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge. Check it out below: