Co-created by Joss Whedon along with his brother Jed and Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen, it sees Clark Gregg reprising his role as Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel's feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organisation S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division) to investigate extra-normal and superhuman people and events worldwide.
Coulson's team consists of Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), who is highly trained in combat and espionage, expert pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), top engineer Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), and genius bio-chemist Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). Joining them is new recruit and computer hacker Skye, played by Chloe Bennet.
The show - Marvel's first TV series - will air in the UK at 8pm, and Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt said:
The 13 episodes begin where Marvel Avengers Assemble left off.
Agent Phil Coulson is back in action and now has his eye on a mysterious group called The Rising Tide. In order to track this unseen, unknown enemy, he has assembled a small, highly select group of agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organisation known as S.H.I.E.L.D.
They must try to track down an ordinary man who has gained extraordinary powers - the use of which could have devastating consequences.
A launch trailer is available to watch: