Agents of SHIELD made a big splash last week. Indeed, it was the biggest network drama debut in four years. This was no doubt in large part thanks to the good will generated by Marvel's blockbuster movies like Iron man and Thor. Unfortunately, despite the presence of Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon on the pilot, the episode could not match the confidence, charm or quality of the movies. We're now two episodes in and forced to ask; can a show set in a superhero universe work without superheroes?
Marvel's Agents of SHIELD has finally arrived. It's one of the most anticipated new shows of the fall TV season for superhero fans, and thanks to the success of Marvel's movies that category now includes a lot more people than it used to.
Co-created and executive produced by Avengers auteur Joss Whedon, Agents of SHIELD is set in the same universe as the Marvel movies, but it's the first live action Marvel TV show to reach the airwaves since the studio formed its television division in 2010, and Marvel already has plans to expand its TV presence further. Can the studio strike gold on the small screen as convincingly as it has on the big screen? ComicsAlliance will recap the show every episode to see how it's performing and offer what insights we can.
I expect I wasn't alone in my disappointment among long-time Marvel readers when the cast and characters for ABC's Marvel Universe-set TV show Agents of SHIELD were revealed and there was no Clay Quatermain, no Jimmy Woo, no Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine. Was this show going to use any Marvel characters to build its world?
The synopsis for the third episode of the show finally confirms that it will. 'The Asset' features the first alter ego of an established character, and hints at his transformation into his super-villainous self.
It's very, very early days, and there are a host of factors standing between the idea and its realization, but maybe, just maybe, there might one day be a Peggy Carter TV show set in Marvel's Cinematic Universe. Mmmmmaybe.
Deadline reports a rumor that a TV series centered on the World War II secret agent - first seen on screen in Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger - is in early stages of development. The character was played in the movie by Hayley Atwell, who reprised the role for an Agent Carter short that appears as an extra on the Iron Man 3 DVD, out next week.
Video: Tony "Man At Arms" Swatton forges his own version of Link's Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda series, which is much more difficult than just pulling it out of the floor at the Temple of Time.
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