Jonathan Melville: Clark back in SHIELD TV spin-off

Clark Gregg. Pic: Comp
Clark Gregg. Pic: Comp
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TOMORROW, Channel 4 screens the first episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, the TV spin-off from a film called Avengers Assemble, of which you may have heard.

When you consider Avengers Assemble made well over $1.5 billion at the global box office, it’s not really a surprise that the show was fast-tracked into production under the supervision of Avengers director, Joss Whedon.

Set in the aftermath of the film’s Battle of New York, the series focuses on the work of SHIELD, the top secret organisation which brought Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and friends together as a team.

Though Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg, pictured) died in the film, he’s back in the weekly show, something fans lobbied hard for. The cast includes young Scottish actor, Iain De Caestecker, as boffin Leo Fitz. Thankfully he gets to keep his own accent.

Agents of SHIELD is the latest in a spate of film-to-TV transitions, including Bates Motel which airs on the Universal channel on Wednesday nights.

Fans of 1960’s Psycho will recognise the name of Norman Bates’ home, with the series acting as a prequel to the Hitchcock classic, even though it is set in the present day.

Sky Living is the place to see Hannibal, the series based on characters from The Silence of the Lambs, starring Casino Royal’s Mads Mikkelsen as psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter, while British actor, Hugh Dancy, is Will Graham.

Each series is an opportunity for their creators to expand on characters only seen briefly in the cinema.

It’s too early to say whether any will make the trip back to the big screen, though hopefully some of the SHIELD cast will pop up in Thor 2 next month or Avengers Assemble 2 in 2015.

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