Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Iron Man 3, X-Men: Days of Future Past: April 8th Comic Reel

Mon, April 8th, 2013 at 8:59am PDT

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

The long-anticipated Joss Whedon "S.H.I.E.L.D." show has a new name! "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is the official name of the show, although it's likely fans will continue to simply refer to it as "S.H.I.E.L.D." ABC also released a synopsis/description for the series.

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."

Meanwhile, previous "Angel" star J. August Richards has been cast in a mystery role for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." It's not uncommon for Whedon to bring on actors that have worked with him previously onto his new projects ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" alum Alexis Denisof was actually in "The Avengers"), but the top-secret aspect of the role is certainly intriguing.

IRON MAN 3

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with actor Wang Xueqi about his role in "Iron Man 3" as Dr. Wu and the challenge of taking on the character.

"It’s a very challenging role. I don’t get a lot of scenes, but you have to convince viewers that [Stark and Wu] are friends from way back," Wang told THR. "It’s not like in other films when you can get to show that through a lot of interaction between the characters."

Last week, the first full "Iron Man 3" clip hit the web with Tony Stark broadcasting an open "holiday greeting" to the world as a challenge to the Mandarin.

Opens May 3

THE WALKING DEAD

IGN spoke with "The Walking Dead" executive producer Gale Anne Hurd about the direction the show will take in season four.

"We are living in a zombie apocalypse, we’re living in an apocalypse where we know that unless someone has brain trauma, they’re going to come back," Hurd told IGN. "Regardless of how they die, they’re going to turn into a zombie. So I think it would be a good bet to say that the zombies become more threatening in seasons to come."

Airs Sundays on AMC

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer took to Twitter to post a new look at Beast in the film. Presumably, the photo is of "X-Men: First Class" actor Nicholas Hoult, though Singer didn't specify.

Hugh Jackman spoke with EW.com about returning as Wolverine once again for the "First Class" sequel, the seventh X-film in which he's appeared.

"I owe, in a way, everything to Bryan. The first film I did in America was 'X-Men,'" Jackman told EW.com. "Wolverine is a character I’ve loved playing and I can’t believe it’s going to be my seventh time playing it. It just blows me away. It not only feels like the right kind of project, it actually is so exciting that we’ll all be back together again. I don’t want to give away too much but I’m really excited not only to reunite with all those great actors but also to work with some of the other ones."

Opens July 18, 2014

ARROW

MTV Geek spoke with "Arrow" cast members Stephen Amell, Colin Donnell, Willa Holland and Paul Blackthorne about what to expect from the rest of the first season and beyond.

Airs Wednesdays on the CW

OBLIVION

The CinemaBlend YouTube Channel has posted a new clip from Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion," featuring Tom Cruise.

Opens April 19

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR

Rosario Dawson spoke with Collider about a myriad of topics, including her return as Gail in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For."

Opens October 4

DOCTOR WHO

BBC has released a new preview for next week's episode of "Doctor Who," "Cold War."

Airs Saturdays on BBC

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