Like the coming of Galactus, Marvel Entertainment has dominated everything in its path over the last five years. The company is number one in comic book sales and puts out movies every year that redefine the term blockbuster. Now the House of Ideas is looking to conquer the one medium that has always eluded it: television. The last time the company has had a top-rated show in primetime was back in the ‘70s, when Lou Ferrigno was stripped town to a tattered pair of shorts and covered in green paint.

A lot has changed since then, and with modern special effects and a new generation of fans, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is ready to bring the company to the small screen on Tuesday, September 24, at 8 p.m. The show picks up where 2012’s The Avengers left off with the skilled members of S.H.I.E.L.D. dealing with a new reality where superheroes are as common in Manhattan as naked cowboys and skyscrapers.

We’re still in the dark about many of the details of the show, but we do know that eagle-eyed comic book fans everywhere will be picking apart the debut episode, looking for easter eggs and clues that only hardcore followers will catch. But what about everyone else? Well, we’ve got you covered.

Even if you don’t know the difference between S.H.I.E.L.D. or S.W.O.R.D., or why Nick Fury is suddenly black, we’ll turn you into an expert with A Non-Comic Book Fan's Guide to Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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