Fall TV Preview: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

By ROBERT PACE

August 14, 2013

As anticipation continues to burgeon for Marvel's first television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ET sat down with star Ming-Na Wen to get a taste of the new series.

Although Marvel has released a legion of films based on its comic books, it has yet to invade the small screen, which has made the hype surrounding the new action-adventure series swell faster than The Hulk's muscles.

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The show centers on a group of Agents from the global law-enforcement association referred to as "S.H.I.E.L.D.," which stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate. They are tasked with protecting the ordinary civilians from those with superpowers.

Fans of Marvel's mammoth blockbuster The Avengers will recognize the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D., "Agent Phil Coulson" (Clark Gregg), as he held a role in the fantasy film. Agents star Ming-Na Wen discussed the relationship between Avengers and the show.

"I think there's going to be a marriage of the film world and our show," said Wen, who plays expert pilot and martial artist "Agent Melinda May." "...Between Jeph Loeb, who is one of our executive producers, and Joss Whedon, it's all part of that world.

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"That synergy is what's going to keep, I think, the fans—the true...Marvel fans—happy, but at the same time, because we're doing a television show, we're creating characters that weekly hopefully will get all our audience involved."

As the series is all about action, Wen's character has some intense fight sequences, most of which she wins, being a specialist in martial arts.

"It's so good," the 49-year-old Macao-born actress said with jubilation. "There is such a sense of empowerment even in just doing the stunts because you're actually having to feel like you're hurting someone, but in a good way."

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Watch the video above to hear more from Wen on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premieres September 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC.



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