Entertainment Weekly has debuted the cover to their August 23rd issue and it’s none other than our fearless leader Joss Whedon flanked by Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet.

The issue will include an in depth interview with Whedon, discussing his life, career, the inside story on Avengers 2 and of course, a behind the scenes look at Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Then we’re off to the top-secret set of S.H.I.E.L.D., which brings the sprawling Marvel universe to television for the first-ever live-action series in the company’s 74-year history. But instead of starring Hulks and Thors, the show focuses on the “other guys” of the Marvel universe, with Clark Gregg playing a resurrected version of his affable government bureaucrat Agent Coulson, who gathers a team of highly skilled (and easy-on-the-eyes) young agents to protect humanity from super-powered threats.

“This is basically a TV series of ‘The Zeppo’ [episode of Buffy], which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a Buffy episode in order to star the person who mattered the least,” Whedon says. “The people who are ignored are the people I’ve been writing as my heroes from day one. There’s a world of superheroes and superstars, they’re celebrities, and that’s a complicated world — particularly complicated for people who don’t have the superpowers, the disenfranchised. Now obviously there’s going to be hijinks and hilarity and sex and gadgets and all the things that made people buy the comics. But that’s what the show really is about to me, and that’s what Clark Gregg embodies: the Everyman.”

Read the rest of the preview over at EW.com and don’t forget to pick up a copy when it hits newsstands August 23rd.

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