May 13, 2013
New Show: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Of course, I get excited over all things Marvel: movies, games, comics, etc. I love comics especially and I love comparing the comics to movies. There are differences, of course, but like all things, variation in medium allows creativity in content. What I rarely get a chance to get excited about is shows. Most shows are dedicated to those of the younger generations and almost all are cartoons; however, that is about to change dramatically. It’s finally been made official that ABC is going to air Marvel’s first TV series; Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Yes. We are getting more Agent Phil Coulson. If the name sounds familiar, he’s that awesome S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who first appeared in Iron Man (2008) and made later appearances (with an expanded role) in Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), and The Avengers (2012). Clark Gregg will be taking back his role as our favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, seconded only by Nick Fury himself in the anticipated TV series. If you don’t believe he’s a notable character, keep in mind that he was not a character in the comics BEFORE Iron Man; after his expanded role in Thor, the character also appeared in Ultimate Spider-Man, several Marvel One-Shots (essentially mini-films created for extra content for the DVDs), and was eventually written into the mainstream Marvel universe.
Outside of this, there is not much known at the current moment. If you want a glimpse as to what to expect, ABC premiered an exclusive first look after the season finale of Once Upon a Time Sunday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. We can anticipate a lot, though. Marvel has really made Phil Coulson an intriguing and important member to the Marvel universe, so to make a TV series to continuously expand on that role is exciting. Likewise, if one thinks from a different perspective, one can imagine that the movies are like comic events, so the TV series would almost be like watching a visual comic series. This transition is really quite unique and considering DC has had several series like Smallville and Arrow that have had some popularity, it is nice to see Marvel doing the same.
After Iron Man 3 made $175 million on the weekend it first showed in America, one has a hard time imagining this series to not get some limited amount of success. Marvel is doing amazing things and their success only shows that the Marvel fan base is not only large, but actively going out of their way to see the next and greatest creations it has to offer. If the movies are anything to go by, one can expect this show to easily soar to one of those “Top 10 Most Watched” TV series lists.
What more can we expect? We’ll have to wait and see. Depending on the success of this show, we could even be looking to a new age of not only reading comics but watching them, as well. We’ll watch movies that highlight the major events of the TV universe while watching shows that details the events that occurs between the scenes and could possibly give us sneak peeks as to what is to come. From paper to screen, Marvel is expanding the limits of their chosen medium.
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