Agents of SHIELD has had a lot of chances. It's had guest stars and movie tie-ins. It's had extended hiatuses when it could have re-tooled. It's had heavily pushed event episodes that were meant to reinvigorate the show. But for sixteen episodes the show has failed to catch fire. Now, after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the show has one more chance to prove itself.
SPOILER WARNING: This recap not only contains spoilers for tonight's Agents of SHIELD, it also contains spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If you haven't seen the movie and you want to remain unspoiled, do not read on.
Last episode: Sif. Two episodes ago: John Garrett. Three episodes ago: Deathlok. Marvel's Agents of SHIELD has embraced the "Marvel" part of its name the past few weeks, but the ABC television series still hasn't been able to match the quality or excitement of Marvel's other live-action productions.
In this week's episode there are no new Marvel faces, but several familiar ones crop up, and perhaps more excitingly we see some welcome advances in the plot. Yes, there's a plot! Buckle in, true believer.
In tonight's Agents of SHIELD: Sif happens. Yes, for the first time since the Nick Fury cameo in episode two, an actual non-Coulson-shaped major character from the Marvel Studios movies makes an appearance! Everything's going to be great from now on!
Actually, despite claims from some corners of fandom that viewers will never be happy with Agents of SHIELD until Iron Man appears in every episode, I never expected Iron Man to appear, nor did I ever ask for it, and I'm surprised to see Sif in an episode. The main thing I ever wanted from this show was some decent TV. So, I'm grateful for Lady Sif, but let's see how this episode fares on the other front.
Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance podcast, covering the latest comic book entertainment news topics. Joining Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner for this episode are Senior Writer Chris Sims and Staff Writer Andrew Wheeler, who discuss the nature of mainstream American comics with respect to idiosyncratic creators working on corporate properties -- particularly the artists drawing titles published by Marvel and DC Comics.
The group also checks in on the Agents of SHIELD television series, which by most accounts is something of a misfire for the otherwise victorious filmed entertainment division of Marvel.
Finally, we discuss the aesthetic impact the Arkham Asylum games may or may not be having on the ever popular Batman universe of comic books and other stories and products.
Did anyone order a "series-shattering maximum event?" Marvel's Agents of SHIELD returned to our screens this week after a lengthy hiatus -- and judging from the way ABC billed it, this time it's meant to actually be good.
So what isa maximum event, and how does it shatter the series? Does all that hype just mean that Bill Paxton is on the show now? Let's find out together!
Welcome, fellow traveller, to the ComicsAlliance recap of the February episode of Agents of SHIELD. Yes, we're only getting one episode this month. Weep or cheer, depending on your established bias.
The title of this month's episode is T.R.A.C.K.S., which doesn't appear to stand for anything, and if you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything, which reminds me, maybe this is the episode when everything turns around? Spoilers follow!
The actor, whose role as Agent Coulston in various films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has led to him starring in Marvel's Agents of SHIELD series on ABC, is aware that many critics and fans are frustrated with the show so far, with some stating that they have all but given up on it, while others are forced to watch it for our amusement. Well, if you're one of the people who has quit on SHIELD., Gregg has a message for you. Speaking with The Salt Lake Tribune on the set of the show, Gregg had the following to say about fans, or Marvel "geeks," who have given up on the show due to the lack of appearances by more characters from the Marvel Universe: "Those aren’t geeks. Those are losers."
He may not have half a metal face or a big red eye, but a version of Deathlok is joining up with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.in the show's February 4 episode on ABC.
Well, "joining up" might not be the right phrasing. He's actually been on the show since the pilot, but viewers didn't know just what was in store for Mike Peterson, played by J. August Richards, until now. Turns out, the whole thing was a stealth celebration of Deathlok's 40th anniversary.
Outside of one Samuel L. Jackson appearance as Nick Fury back in the TV show's second episode and Cobie Smulders popping up as Maria Hill, fans of Marvel's movie characters haven't seen a lot of cameos on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
They'll get a treat in the series' 15th episode, however, when Lady Sif, portrayed by Thor and Thor: The Dark Worldactress Jaimie Alexander, will make an appearance.
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