Despite the drop in ratings since its premiere, it seems that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has pulled solid enough numbers to get picked up for a full season! Even with the ratings decline, it’s still the top rated new show this season among adults 18-49, which is nothing to look down on. So, we’ve now got 19 episodes to look forward to, and with how this past Tuesday’s episode turned out, this is great news.
Marvel has just released a TV trailer for its highly anticipated Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. series. As reported, Clark Gregg will be returning as resurrected Agent Phil Coulson. Rounding out his team will be combat and espionage expert Grant Ward (Bret Dalton), pilot/martial artist Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), brilliant engineer Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), genius bio-chemist Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), and a new recruit: Computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).
This trailer will debut tomorrow night during the NBA Finals:
Clark Gregg made a surprise appearance at the NYCC’s Marvel TV panel today just after Marvel had shown video of Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige talking about the return of Agent Coulson on the S.H.I.E.L.D. television pilot.
There was never gonna be a SHIELD show without Agent Coulson.
Later Gregg himself said to the crowd:
Ever heard of a Life Model Decoy? Coulson Lives.
Dan Hart, also on the panel, told the audience that Agent Coulson will continue to appear on the Ultimate Spider-Man animated show, voiced by Clark.
Go ahead and comment in the comment section below, I’ll be doing my happy dance over there… Don’t judge me by my awesome Elaine from Seinfeld dance moves.
It seems that the success of The Avengers is breeding all kinds of resentment, just ask David Hasselhoff. Yes, that David Hasselhoff. The Knight Rider driving, Baywatch saving, drunk hamburger-eating actor and German pop sensation is a little miffed with the little superhero movie that could.
Why? Let’s flashback to 1998. Bill Clinton was telling us what the the definition of “is” was, movie-goers were seeing double with two asteroid movies and two movies about animated insects, and FOX aired a TV movie called Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. starring The Hoff as Nick Fury. Yeah, that happened.
Well now because of The Avengers, people are associating Samuel L. Jackson with the role of Fury, and he is not impressed. Check out the following excerpt from a Hasselhoff interview in Movieline:
“I didn’t see The Avengers yet,” Hasselhoff stated while promoting his latest film, Piranha 3DD. “I love Sam Jackson, but you know… my Nick Fury was the organic Nick Fury that was written and discussed with Stan Lee before anyone got in there to change it [presumable he’s referring to the Ultimate Nick Fury]. Nick Fury was written to be tongue-in-cheek, and he had a cigar in his mouth, he was a tough guy — he was cool.”
“Stan Lee said, ‘You’re the ultimate Nick Fury,’” [wonder if that pun was intended]. “Avi Arad, when they bought it, said, ‘Don’t worry, you’re going to be the Nick Fury forever,’ and they lied. [Pause] But that happens to me all the time. That’s when you realize life isn’t fair.”
To put it in context, 1998 was two years before the launch of the Ultimate universe, which purposefully modelled the Ultimate version of Fury on the actor Jackson. So Marvel would have had to have been crazy not to exploit this when it came time to cast the big screen Fury, and considering that Jackson is a huge comic nerd it was the closest definition to no-brainer casting you can get in Hollywood.
In Hasselhoff’s defense though, if you go back and check out his TV movie Fury, it’s not all bad. It’s completely different in tone than what Jackson did, and how The Avengers was treated stylistically, but it’s still not a complete write-off. And the kicker, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. was written by David S. Goyer, one of the go-to screenwriters now for comic book movies. Also, this was the same year another Goyer script became a major (big screen) hit. It was called Blade.
Well dum-dum Dugan!
Source: Comic Book Movie