Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
When Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. first premiered back in 2013, the show had to go through some growing pains. A rocky, uneven first season had to tread water while waiting for the big reveal connecting to the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier surrounding the infiltration of Hydra into S.H.I.E.L.D. and the dissolution of the organization. Since then, the show has been building its own world, sometimes connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sometimes doing its own thing. In addition to bringing the Inhumans into the MCU (probably ahead of Marvel Studios intended to), the show had an incredible fourth season, complete with multiple story arcs which included the Ghost Rider, Life Model Decoys (LMD), and now The Framework in the Agents of Hydra arc.
You might as well call this “Marvel Week.”
First, we got our first look at the Royal Family for the upcoming ABC Inhumans TV show that will first hit theaters for the first two episodes (thanks to a sweet deal Marvel, ABC, and Imax) and then afterward appear nightly on ABC this fall. Then we got a teaser for the upcoming Runaways TV show, that will premiere on Hulu next year. Then, we got a trailer for the new Defenders TV show premiering this summer on Netflix. The sweet cherry on top, was the release of Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters this premiering today. We here at Nerdbastards LOVED it.
But Marvel’s not done yet!
Normally, being greeted by people shouting “Hail HYDRA!” is a cause for concern, but when it’s done to welcome Brett Dalton, the turncoat Agent Grant Ward from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.… Well, it’s still not ideal, but it is understandable. Dalton was part of the show from the beginning, but his character was killed off in season three, and then he played the alien Inhuman possessing the body of Ward in the second half of that season before being killed off again. But things are looking up for Dalton because Ward is back. In alternative universe form! (more…)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has its fans and non-fans. Some people love the interconnectedness of the show with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), as there have been milestone episodes that coincided with the big MCU films. Other fans grow weary of the Inhumans storyline as we are a ways away from an Inhumans movie. One thing we can all agree on, this season’s introduction of Ghost Rider has been fantastic. Instead of giving us old school Johnny Blaze, we have the latest iteration of the iconic character, Roberto “Robbie” Reyes. The show has managed to do his character justice (as opposed to the two other films made for Johnny Blaze starring Nicolas Cage). Since he’s so prominent on the show, fans have wondered if we would possibly see him in either his own movie or TV show. Well, it looks like we might have an answer.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting ready for its fourth season this month. With the new season premiere, we are slowly moving away from the world of Inhumans, to the world of the mystical. As the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Dr. Strange is already going towards the world of magic. And as stated during the Thor movies, the world of magic is just science that cannot yet be explained and very much a part of the MCU. This season, we will be going into the world of magic and mysticism with the introduction of Ghost Rider.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe, the all-devouring, inescapable pop-culture force that it has become, hasn’t had as easy a time on television as it has in film. Sure, the Netflix entries (Daredevil, Jessica Jones) have done remarkably well, and the trend is looking to continue with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the small scale Avengers-ish mashup The Defenders; however, Netflix is not traditional format television, and part of the reason of the aforementioned programs’ success is their “R-rated” appeal. The ABC network, de facto home of everything Disney (Marvel included) on your TVs, hasn’t had as much success. (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…)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has had its highs and lows. Highs being Clark Gregg‘s Agent Coulson who’s never not charming and witty, the turning of Grant Ward from hero to double agent bad-guy, and that one incredible fight scene where Daisy kicked some HYDRA butt. The lows? Well, the show being itself. While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has gotten away from self-contained episodes (villain of the week-type stuff) its still a typical procedural ABC show. It has its charm and heart, but it has failed to live up to the promise and opportunity to explore Marvel’s universe outside The Avengers; there’s no getting around the fact that you’re watching a ABC product versus a Marvel product. So are they about to shake that up? (more…)
Season four of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. promises new characters and the use of “old S.H.I.E.L.D technology.” Now, Marvel has teased audiences with the idea of Life Model Decoy’s for some time now. In The Avengers, Tony Stark tells Coulson he’s speaking to the “Life Model Decoy of Tony Stark,” and in Age of Ultron we saw Vision take on physical form, but Life Model Decoys have not been directly addressed. With teases like this many fans knew it was just a matter of time before the introduction of Life Model Decoys and it seems the wait might be over. (more…)
Shared universes. In comic books, it helps maintain continuity and allow for superheroes to be aware of one another and become involved, if need be. It’s the cornerstone of having a universe-wide event that spans across many, or all, of the titles the publisher produces. But the concept of multiple universes, or multiverses, may be too much for a non-comic book reader to grasp. The CW’s ‘The Flash’ has done a great job at explaining different universes existing, such as Earth 2, where it shows similarities to the world you know, a universe running parallel if you will, but with some deviations that define it as a different world. A shared universe would be better received by ALL fans, regardless of comic book knowledge, and would make for compelling scenarios both of the small screen and the big. But a number of actors have expressed their frustrations at their not being included in the film properties’ plans. The latest to speak up? ‘Arrow’s Willa Holland. (more…)