ABC’s new show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D takes place in the Marvel universe of the Avengers. Joss Whedon has resuscitated our beloved Agent Coulson, whose death before the battle of New York united a rag tag team into The Avengers. He’s the boss at level 7 clearance for S.H.I.E.L.D. and he’s got his eye on emerging supers. Same universe, smaller scale.
And when I say “believe the hype,” what I really mean is, have faith in the hype.
All signs point to fantastic with this action/adventure series that runs parallel to Marvel’s blockbuster franchises of Thor, Iron Man, and The Avengers.
We already love Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson. He is perfectly suited to Whedon’s brand of self-aware chit chat. The rest of the team is good and interesting with Miranda May (played by Ming-Na Wen) and the FitzSimmons geeky power twin team (Fitz is the boy played by Iain De Caestecker and Simmons is the girl played by Elizabeth Henstridge) as initial stand-outs. (And by “stand-outs,” I mean people I want to dress up as for Halloween. #sexyghost.)
By all accounts, the show has a big fat budget and Joss Whedon is utilizing his brother Jed and Jed’s wife, Maurissa Tancharoen, as co-writers. The show should be good. And the show is good. I watched the pilot with my 10-year-old son, who has encyclopedic knowledge of all things Marvel.
“It’s not as cool as I hoped it would be,” he remarked. I agree. You’ve got to understand, we’re coming off The Avengers and Iron Man 3. We aren’t used to seeing the Marvel universe depicted on the small screen. I think we’ll adjust. Whedon has laid out the storyline with lots of places to go, a la Heroes or Alphas. I’ve got a lot of hopes and dreams for this show. We all do. And if the first episode fell just a little flatter than we wanted it to, remember this: it’s not a disappointment. It’s an origin story.
I believe in Agent Coulson. Just an ordinary guy, he’s the only man* who could make this thing work.
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