I have always been a big fan of S.H.I.E.L.D. When I was a kid, I wanted to be superhero. But when I got into my late teens/early twenties, I thought it would be great to be an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. All the excitement and adventure of a Marvel hero’s life without the spotlight. You don’t have to worry about a secret identity because you technically don’t exist. You get to help people while fighting metahumans and mosters but you get paid to do it. It’s not just an adventure, it’s a job as well. So, it goes without saying that I was more than excited to hear that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be coming to television this Fall.
The teaser debuted this past Sunday night and the full trailer for the series was posted yesterday, much to the delight of the internet. Take a look for youself if you haven’t yet.
Overall, a lot of great things going on here. As Joss Whedon has stated previously, they want the show to take place within the Marvel movie-verse but also be it’s own thing so I get why all the characters (with the exception of the now infamous Agent Coulson) are brand new. I also get that Whedon and company wanted to create their own original characters as opposed to taking from the many agents that are already established in the comics. They want to have characters that are clean slates and bring little excess baggage to the table. Smart move. My hope is that they don’t ignore the over-fifty years of continuity of the Marvel Universe completely. Based on the premise that S.H.I.E.L.D. takes on the cases that no one knows about, there are tons of opportunities to pay tribute to the Marvel U without interrupting the flow of the stories being told. There are thousands of third tier villains in the Marvel back catalog that can be mined for episode fodder. Why not have The Fixer, or the Wrecker, or even a more notable name like the Taskmaster show up to mess with Coulson and crew? Also, there is a wealth of great S.H.I.E.L.D. agents that could make guest appearances on the show. I know that folks like Sharon Carter and Jessica Drew (aka Spider-Woman) will most likely be kept for use in the film properties, but why not an appearance by Clay Quartermain, the former Hulkbuster leader and Fury’s right hand man? He could easily be brought in to test the new agents on a high priority mission. Another great guest shot could come from Daisy Johnson, also known as Quake. Her profile has been on the uprise with her starring role in Nick Spencer’s Secret Avengers book. She’s the only agent with “Level 10” clearance in the comics. It would be easy to drop her into an episode as none of the characters would be priviledged to know much about her back story. These are just a couple of options from an extremely large pool of great characters to play with. I really hope they take advantage of them as the series progresses.
My big concern is the Agent Coulson “back from the dead” issue. I am glad he’s the star of the show and there’s nobody I would rather see leading this team. That said, I hope there’s a better explination of what exactly happened to Coulson than just “Welcome to Level 7”. He died in the Avengers film. If it was a life model decoy or if there was some miraculous surgery or experiment to bring him back, I want to know what it was. I don’t want a wink to the screen and a brush under the rug. Whatever the story, I want to hear it on the show. I think it’s only fair. But like I said, I’m glad to see him on the show and I hope someone does touch “Lola” at some point in the series to see what he does.
While there has been no announcement of a start date as of yet, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set to air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. starting this Fall. I know what I’ll be doing on Tuesday nights, even if it’s still a few months wait.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!