According to the network's website for media buyers, the project is now called "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," although representatives indicate to EW.com the name isn't yet official. It's not uncommon for titles to change during the development process, sometimes more than once.
Of more interest is the synopsis, which teases "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." In short, precisely what fans of Marvel's global espionage agency, and of Whedon, are looking for.
Here's the full description:
Joss Whedon ("Marvel's The Avengers," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") shows us not all heroes are super with "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
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.
Executive Produced and co-written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen ("Dollhouse," "Dr.Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"), Jeffrey Bell ("Angel," "Alias") and Jeph Loeb ("Smallville," "Lost," "Heroes") comes Marvel's first live-action TV series, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
As we reported Friday, those previously announced cast members are joined by "Angel" alum J. August Richards in what's described as a "super top-secret" role.