Series: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Unmarked spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier below, as it becomes crucial to the plot of the first season and the rest of the series.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3: Are you Inhuman? (From left to right: Leopold Fitz, Jemma Simmons, Lincoln Campbell, Grant Ward, Phil Coulson, Daisy Johnson/"Skye", Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, Lance Hunter, Bobbi Morse, and Melinda May)

"We're the line between the world and a much weirder world. We protect people from news they're not ready to hear, and when we can't do that, we keep them safe."
Agent Grant Ward

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a TV series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, focusing on the organization S.H.I.E.L.D. and taking place after The Avengers and Iron Man 3 chronologically. Premiering in September 2013 on ABC, it was created and executive produced by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Joss Whedon also directed the pilot). It stars Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, and Clark Gregg as a very much alive Agent Phil Coulson.

The series began with the agents investigating and containing various supernatural and high-tech objects and individuals in order to keep the public safe, a task that has become more complicated in the aftermath of the Battle of New York blowing the lid off of their previous level of secrecy. The status quo was upended midway through the first season, when S.H.I.E.L.D. was dissolved after it was compromised by the terrorist group HYDRA. The series now follows Coulson as his team struggles to rebuild the organization from its remaining loyal elements, even as they are being hunted by the US Army, HYDRA, and other hostile forces of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films focused on Marvel Comics characters who already existed in the comics themselves, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. focuses primarily on characters who are original to the MCU (beyond S.H.I.E.L.D. itself originating from the comics, of course), though there have been an increasing number of crossovers with comic and MCU characters, and several episodes have been direct follow-ups to the films. The reciprocity goes both ways, with events in the series seriously impacting the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a comic book series with the Marvel 616 versions of the team debuted in December 2014.

A spinoff involving Lance Hunter and Mockingbird titled Marvel's Most Wanted was announced in April of 2015 and later seemingly put on the backburner in favour of renewing Agents for a third season, and Agent Carter for a second season. However, it was announced in August of the same year that a pilot had been ordered.

There is a recap page for episodes.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will bring you its trope examples in a moment.

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