Director Kevin Smith is a lifelong Batman fan and all around professional geek. Most of his films have some sort of Star Wars reference, he has written Batman, Green Arrow, and Daredevil comic book issues. Needless to say, his geek cred run deep. While he has been in a little bit of a slump for his experimental films, he has been killing it on the small screen. Smith directed two of the best episodes of The Flash (“The Runaway Dinosaur” and “Killer Frost”) and his Supergirl episode (“Supergirl Lives”) airs January 23rd. The lifelong Batman fan has never directed anything associated with his favorite comic book character Batman, until now.
The watchability of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has ridden the line between a typical NBC procedural show and the potential for what it COULD be…and it’s ridden that line hard. There have been occasional flashes of brilliance. For example – The events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier having a literal effect on the shows story thread. Agent Coulson’s rival & would be girlfriend getting shot in the head. Or that one incredible – one take/one shot – fight scene with Chloe Bennet’s Daisy Johnson that comes close to rivaling “The Hallway Scene” from the Daredevil series on Netflix. These occasional ups, however, don’t absolve the show from being very unbalanced, and one, that is too loosely connected to the rest of the MCU. It’s a show that exists in the same sandbox as the films but seems to go out of its way to not impeded the movies in any way, what with seldom references and its use of heroes & villains which might as well be from Marvel’s D-List.
The inclusion of Ghostrider in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 had doubters and defectors turn their heads with a collective “oh, snap”, thinking for the first time, AOS would include an A-list comic hero and one that, after those terrible Nicholas Cage movies, needed a cinematic redemption. But no. This is not the version of Ghostrider that most fans would recognize. It’s neither the motorcycling riding Johnny Blaze or Danny Ketch… it’s Robbie Reyes, the CAR driving version of Ghostrider. (more…)
Last season Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ended on several cliffhanger’s including Daisy’s new career as the vigilante Quake, the revelation of Life Model Decoys, and the fact that Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is no longer director of S.H.I.E.L.D. So who is the new director? Is it Tony Stark? Ha! You must be living in a world where someone in charge would genuinely want to make Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a legitimate part of the greater movie universe it’s supposed to be in rather than just paying lip service. No, the new S.H.I.E.L.D. director is someone we haven’t met before, at least in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Batman. (more…)
Fans of ABC’s Marvel series Agent Carter are not happy with the network’s decision to not pursue a third season for the show. One fan went as far as to launch a petition with the aim of getting Agent Carter picked up as a Netflix series. The petition was only launched a few days ago, but already has over 50,000 signatures under its belt. Over on Twitter, Bridget Regan (who plays Dottie Underwood on Agent Carter), and G. Willow Wilson (who currently writes Ms. Marvel for Marvel Comics) have seen the petition, and both ladies gave it a re-tweet! (more…)
It’s that time of year where people that work on network television shows get nervous. Between now and May, we will steadily learn which TV shows presently on the air will get rubber stamped for a next season, or whether they be cast onto the Netflix queue of history. Now Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is far from anyone’s favorite thing done by Marvel Studios, but it does have its fans, and it has its share of interesting characters and story potential, so you may be interested to learn that ABC has now given it a greenlight for season four. (more…)
We’re still in the midst of Agent Carter’s adventure through 1947 L.A., but in just a few short weeks, we will be returning to the present and the ongoing adventures of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. When last we left S.H.I.E.L.D., Director Coulson and the gang effed up a HYDRA base where the deranged Gideon Malick (Powers Boothe) was trying to rescue a particularly evil Inhuman through a porthole to a far away planet. With Inhumans and other super-powers running amok, it seems that things are only going to get more intense for the S.H.I.E.L.D. gang, especially with some civil war also coming down the pipe. Here’s a preview… (more…)
Marvel’s Most Wanted sounds like a promising name from the get-go. Perhaps it can use its more street-level premise to cover some of the budget issues that Agents of SHIELD faced and perhaps it can use its premise to its advantage to deliver a grittier, but far more focused show at the same time. So far, we know that the spin-off will star last-minute Super Soldier Serum dropout Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) and on-and-off again anti-hero Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), as they go off on their very first mission.
But there’s one extra bit of good news, as a Silver-Age staple character will also be making his appearance in the show’s pilot…
Picking up right where it left off last week, season two of Agent Carter continues to be as captivating and exciting as season one. Episode three, “Better Angels”, sees the whole gang back together as Jack (Chad Michael Murray) joins Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Chief Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) out in L.A. This episode also goes even further in the direction of science fiction, while still managing to make it feel grounded in the real science of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is something at which Marvel is very adept. And who better to dig deep into zany fictional science than everyone’s favorite genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist of the 40s, Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), who makes his return in a decidedly Stark fashion. Despite a couple missteps, Agent Carter continues to be one of the most engaging shows on television right now.
Last night’s return of Agent Carter was a breath of fresh air. Yes, having Hayley Atwell‘s ferociously capable secret agent back on the TV weekly, even just for eight or nine weeks, is a treat, but between the dark and gritty mean streets of the Netflix Marvel shows, the generally dour tone of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first half of season three, and the coming Civil War, we need some happy Marvel. The first two hours of Agent Carter‘s second season made for some thoroughly enjoyable television as Peggy reunited with old friends, toyed with a love triangle, and began an interesting new case with some possible implications on the future (her future, our present). (more…)
The Disney brand has already come out strong this year. With the Star Wars franchise breaking records, and a full slate of Marvel movies coming this summer, in addition to some fan-favorite tv shows, the Mouse House seems to have its hands full. Or so one would think. But more is coming. Between Marvel shows such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Jessica Jones, it may be surprising to hear that another story within the Marvel Universe could be coming to the small screen soon. After some on and off again rumors last year surrounding an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff, it seems ABC has finally made up its mind. A pilot episode has been ordered for the new original show titled Marvel’s Most Wanted, starring (more…)