Who is that mysterious new super-person hidden in the first Agents of SHIELD trailer? Why is Coulson playing with fire, and what's so special about "Lola"? We rounded up every single clue we could find, breaking ABC's new Marvel series down frame-by-frame. And you won't believe what we found!
The first big reveal flips by in the bumper. Eagle eyed Chris Radtke points out that hidden in the comic book shots of the traditional Marvel bumper is a new character:
"It's not Luke Cage the Power Man in the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D teaser... it's Rage of the New Warriors fame."
It was assumed that Luke Cage would be in the much buzzed about Jessica Jones TV series, but that never got out of the early development stage (unfortunately). Plus Marvel just got the rights to this hero back and there had been some whispering about possible Cage Easter Eggs in Avengers (there weren't) or a standalone series or a movie. So we've all had Cage on the brain for some time now. But before we break out the yellow boots, let's not be too hasty. The bumper points to Rage, the Hulk-like anger machine with super strength. Putting Rage in this show would be like adding a less expensive Hulk, so we can see the appeal (half the CG work but still plenty of anger issues to work with).
We won't know until we find out more about this character. And still, this doesn't 100% mean it's not Luke Cage, but we're leaning away from that assumption.
And then the greatest man in the Marvelverse, Agent Phil Coulson, is given a voiceover. "We work the cases that SHIELD hasn't classified," coupled by some sexy SHIELD plane porn.
Hot logo on top of the team's own personal sky ride.
More plane shots. Cut to a few shots referencing Captain America, Thor and The Hulk from Avengers. And Coulson saying, “It’s not just spy versus spy anymore. The whole world is in on the action.”
First shot of this mysterious super jumping out of a building and landing BLAMMO like a boss on the ground. Meanwhile, the damsel in distress giving perfect pass out/sexy legs mode.
COULSON LIVES. Seriously, if you told 16-year-old Meredith that I would be more excited to see a TV show centered around Clark Gregg over a Captain America movie, I would have called you a liar. And yet, this is just the best thing ever.
Ming-Na kicking some serious ass in leather. We couldn't get a great image of her, so we made a gif.
She plays Melinda May, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Here's her ID badge and info:
Melinda May is a pilot, weapons expert and soldier who is “Soulful and slightly damaged by her combat experiences.” and is known for going beyond the call of duty. Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier, she has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot but her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged. (Character previously known as Althea Rice).
More Coulson shots. He looks PISSED.
New fancy SHIELD gadgets held by Agent Leo Fitz.
And here is Fitz's ID badge.
Agent Leo Fitz is skilled in the technical side of weaponry. He’s a nerd and has a sibling like relationship with Gemma [sic] Simmons.
Another shot of the angry superpowered man flipping over a puny human.
UPDATE: Sorry apparently I was wrong (with the ID Badge matchup) that's actually Chloe Bennet who plays someone named Skye.
And here is a shot of Skye from a surveillance camera taken from the ID breakdown, along with a little bio:
Skye is fun, smart, caring and confident with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm. She is slightly obsessed with superhero culture and the shadow organizations that exists within it. She’s edgy and can out-talk anyone with her unflappable nature.
View all the ID badges in this pervious SHIELD breakdown.
Coulson walks towards a strangely contained fire. Could this be a bit of awesome hologram tech that allows the Agents to walk through recreated crime scenes, much like Tony Stark did in Iron Man 3? But what are the sparkly things at Coulson's shoulders? And is that a figure in the fire?
And finally the introduction of the hot little Corvette named Lola.
Commenter Kevin Garcia points out this awesome detail: "Considering the fact that a flight deck crewmember is walking up to Lola, it seems a good bet (and I hope one that proves true) that Lola is a SHIELD-issue flying car." And we think they are 100% right.
And there you have it. What did we miss?