One of the biggest movies of all time is heading to the small screen… and the only star from it reprising his role is the one they killed off.

Ordinarily, we might be skeptical about such a thing, but ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is brought to us by Joss Whedon, who has expertly delivered plenty of intriguing shows featuring various kinds of superheroes in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse. It only makes sense that this time, he’s breaking into the Marvel universe for this spin-off from The Avengers.

If there was a no-brainer about which fall pilot would definitely be picked up this season, it was Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The comic book fanboys are already rabid, the Joss Whedon fans are anxiously awaiting the master’s return to the small screen, and the rest of the world has pretty much all seen The Avengers and wants to know what happens next.

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Besides, Iron Man 3 has grossed nearly a billion dollars worldwide (and counting), so it doesn’t seem like the public appetite for these guys is waning at all.

Of course, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. won’t actually feature any of the Avengers heroes (except maybe in some high-profile cameos later on), but it does bring back Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, who supposedly died in The Avengers. (Maybe he actually did die… but in a world with Hulks and Norse gods, we’re sure there’s a reasonable explanation for how they might have revived him.) Can we take a moment to think about the unlikely turn Clark Gregg's career has taken with this supporting role, which he surely never expected to make him the star of a superhero-centric TV show? All this from a guy who was previously best known as the ex hubby from The New Adventures of Old Christine.

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The trailer contains the expected mix of Avengers-style action (at a fraction of the budget, of course) and Joss Whedon’s usual quippiness, plus at least one female who can kick ass. Basically, this is everything he’s ever done smashed into one show. (Except Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog… but never rule out a musical episode.) Basically, yes, this is a reason to get excited for fall.

In other Joss news, the man finally joined Twitter yesterday... just in time for everyone to tweet about how awesome he is with his new show. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air on Tuesdays at 8 starting this fall.

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