Marvel's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Trailer Breakdown

An analysis of the first trailer for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; maybe we won't learn too many answers but we'll certainly discover the right questions that we should be asking. Put on your speculation hats and hit the jump.

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Opening shot, we see a glimpse of Stark Tower in the upper right corner but it's now Avengers Tower as was hinted by the closing scene of The Avengers. I suspect we'll be spending a lot of time in New York but as you'll see in more shots to come, the show will travel all over the globe.

LOCATION: New York (probable)
The kid looking at the figures of Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow (guess S.H.I.E.L.D. has stepped out of the shadows) will show up again in another shot in the trailer. Standing behind that kid is J. August Richards. Is that his son, little brother, peer (it's possible if he's Rage).

The person circling Agent Grant (Brett Dalton), who we never get to see, that's the voice of Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). It was clear by the end of The Avengers that she definitely knew Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) was up to something as evidenced by her comments regarding Agent Coulson's (Clark Gregg) trading cards. I guess Fury filled her in on Coulson's actual status.

LOCATION: New York (probable)
Here's our first real introduction to mystery superhero played by J. August Richards. He definitely has super strength as he just leaped out of a 5-story building with no ill effects.

LOCATION: New York (probable)
Who happens to be on-hand to record mystery hero's exploits? Skye (Chloe Bennet), described as a computer hacker and operative of The Rising Tide, which secretly appears to just be a blog dedicated to exposing S.H.I.E.L.D. There has to be more to her goal however as toy merchandise for Black Widow and Hawkeye would seem to indicate that the larger world is aware of the organization's existence. And why no last name for Skye? Would her last name give away some famous parentage?

Here, we see Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) and Agent Coulson entering a S.H.I.E.L.D. monitoring room. The globes on the screen are a clue that the show won't be confined to a singular locale. Coulson and his team will be investigating cases around the world.

LOCATION: S.H.I.E.L.D. Cargo Plane Mobile HQ
Here we see Agent Coulson explaining to Agent Grant about what it is they will be doing, off the radar from normal S.H.I.E.L.D. operations. Just off to the right is Agent Fitz (Iain De Caestecker)who specializes in weapon technology operating a holographic imaging machine that looks to be recreating something of interest. More on that next.

LOCATION: S.H.I.E.L.D. Cargo Plane Mobile HQ
There's been some speculation that this gold, shiny guy is a magic user because well, he's shiny and golden. But we're simply looking at Agent Fitz holographic image. However, we do see the mystery guy pick up a chair with one hand in the rewind and it looks as if he bludgeoned someone with it. Does he have super strength? More on that later.

LOCATION: Northwest USA (possibly Oregon or Washington)
It appears that Skye has caught up with mystery hero and he's been on the run as he's made it all the way from the East Coast to the West Coast (pay attention to the signs on the wall of the diner). But he doesn't have any clue who S.H.I.E.L.D. is and why he should be concerned about them. If he's not running from them then who is he running from?

LOCATION: New York (probable)
It's Agent Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) the other half of Fitz-Simmons, and the S.H.I.E.L.D. operative who specializes in life sciences. She's examining a cadaver that's been thoroughly burned. Did mystery hero save a woman but leave someone behind in that blast? In an earlier shot, we see Melinda May examining the crater he left when jumping out of the building and now she's joined Fitz-Simmons on the top floor of the building to examining the aftermath. If mystery hero did leave someone behind, why? Plus, how did the fire start? More on that later.

LOCATION: New York (probable)
And what does Agent Simmons find on the cadaver? An alien artifact she proclaims. Is it Asgardian, something left over from the Chitauri or something else entirely. Remember the shape of this device as we get another glimpse of it later on.

Here we get a glimpse of a monitor that Coulson and the Fitz-Simmons duo are currently watching. It looks to be some type of laboratory and it looks like a scientist is getting a stern talking to from someone (maybe a test subject). Does that guy look familiar? He should, that's the guy in Agent Fitz hologram from earlier. My guess is that they found some security cam footage in the wreckage of the burned out laboratory that mystery hero jumped from and are now presenting it to Coulson.

LOCATION: Undisclosed S.H.I.E.L.D. Hangar
After seeing Skye get captured by Agent Grant and Coulson she's taken aboard their mobile base of operations. They've also commandeered her tricked out tech van, which appears to be the base of operations for The Rising Tide. Will we be seeing more of this van in future episodes?

LOCATION: S.H.I.E.L.D. Cargo Plane Mobile HQ
What's the device in the briefcase that Agent Coulson is showing Agent Grant? Is it related to the case their working on or is it more personal to Agent Coulson?

Agent Coulson is speaking with J. August Richards, meaning that S.H.I.E.L.D. eventually catches him at some point. Coulson is telling him to stop running and take action as a real hero.

Remember that mystery device that Agent Simmons recovered from the wreckage of the burned out lab, the one that's of alien origin? It looks like J. August Richard's mystery hero has a similar device implanted in his forearm. Is that the source of his powers? Is it unstable technology, is that what caused the explosion?

LOCATION: S.H.I.E.L.D. Cargo Plane Mobile HQ
We're back at the scene where Agent Fitz is showing his holographic image to Agent Coulson and Agent Grant. Coulson has walked through the hologram and has apparently spotted a clue. The explosion definitely supports the theory that we're looking at a holographic projection of the lab that mystery hero jumped out of, moments before it exploded. Were the scientist and test subject shown in the security cam footage also there? Did his alien power source malfunction and explode when he "Raged" out?

LOCATION: New York (probable)
We're shown an earlier scene again, where mystery hero has decided to run away after jumping out the window. He does so very, very fast. Add super speed to the list of powers he possesses.

LOCATION: Paris, France
Here we see Agent Grant in Paris, France and if the next few shots are in sequence, it appears Grant ran into some opposition on his investigation and one of his assailants escapes by helicopter.

LOCATION: S.H.I.E.L.D. Cargo Plane Mobile HQ
Some fun speculation here, we see Agent Coulson exiting Lola and an air traffic controller guy approaches the car. Why is an airplane technician approaching Coulson's car? Is it one of the fabled flying cars from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s comic book history? Did Agent Coulson board the cargo plane while it was already in the air? We'll have to wait for more footage to be sure but that would certainly be cool.

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Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson's team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker, Skye (Chloe Bennet).

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s first television series, is from executive producers Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, who co-wrote the pilot (Dollhouse, Dr.Horrible's Sing-Along Blog). Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias) and Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Lost, Heroes) also serve as executive producers. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.
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