This weekend ABC announced that Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D, the upcoming television series spinning out of Marvel Entertainment's highly successful movie universe, is getting a new name. The Joss Whedon helmed vehicle will now be titled Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a title that perhaps better reflects what is expected to be a focus on the characters in the series, including Agent Coulson, who seemingly died during last summer's The Avengers film.From the newly released synopsis for the series:

Fresh from his role in the summer's box office smash, Marvel's The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven't been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They'll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

"Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of Super Heroes, aliens and the unusual – of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered S.H.I.E.L.D agents – that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world."

The upcoming series, with an as-yet unannounced premiere date, will be Executive Produced and co-written by the team of Joss and Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb.

[Via Superhero Hype]