After the huge success that the Avengers movie was, it only made since that Disney(who owns Marvel) would want to cash in on the popularity of that movie. So, they got the movie’s director, the great Joss Whedon, to make a tv series. Whedon has had success previously on tv(Buffy the Vampire Slayer being the best), so tapping him to create a property for tv only makes sense.
The property they decided to develop was S.H.I.E.L.D.. S.H.I.E.L.D., for those that don’t know, is like the Marvel universe’s world wide peace keeping force. S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. S.H.I.E.L.D. is woven into each of the phase one Marvel movies, so expanding on them is a good idea. There are a ton of stories you can do based on a clandestine spy agency that polices the world.
The face of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the movies is Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson is too big of a star to be on tv every week, so Whedon picked the one other character that is well established in the movies. That would be Agent Coulson. Coulson was a great character in the movies. He added a human element to all this super hero stuff going on. Only one problem with having Coulson be the crossover character from the movies to the show: Coulson died in the Avengers movies. And it wasn’t an ambiguous death either. His death was a major point in the movie. Now, all comic book fans know that no one stays dead in comics(except Uncle Ben). So bringing back Coulson isn’t really that big of a deal. But, it’s still kind of a shock to see him on the small screen.
The premise of the show is that a new era has begun, and people with powers are popping up everywhere. So it’s up to S.H.I.E.L.D. to find them and access there threat level. Coulson assembles a team to do just that. He has a field agent, Ward, two scientists,Fitz and Simmons, and a pilot, May. On their first mission, they run into Centipede, a group trying to give people powers from things that have popped up in the Marvel movies. It’s obvious Centipede is up to no good, and they will become the main antagonist to Coulson’s team. Coulson adds a civilian activist to the team during the first episode as well. She has ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. thru her parents, and Coulson promises to help her find out what happened to them.
The show had a slow start. I really wasn’t feeling the characters at first. Fitz and Simmons were super annoying. The Ward had zero personality, and wasn’t adding anything. May had a secret past that made her a mystery. Sky, the civilian, was kind of overbearing and heavy handed. Coulson was the only character that hit the ground running and drew you in. There was a lot of criticism for the show, and rightly so.
However, the show has gotten better and better, with each and ever episode. They have toned down Fitz and have made them very likable characters. War has shown more and more of his human side, and I have gotten into his character. Sky has also been toned down some. She still can be annoying, but it’s not that bad. May has really become my favorite character. They have shown more of May’s personality, and what a bad ass she is.
The show continues to tease what happened with Coulson, and how he came back from the land of the dead. The second half of the season, I think his secret will be revealed. I am looking forward to how they explain his reappearance. Should be very interesting.
My biggest gripe about the show is the fact that they don’t use enough of the established S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. The whole cast is made up of newly created characters. There are a TON of shield agents they could have picked. Quartermain, Woo, Bridge, and the list goes on. I don’t need too many cameos. But I would like more established S.H.I.E.L.D. agents consistently in the show.
So, if you haven’t checked out the show, and you like The Marvel movies, I definitely suggest you give this show a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed. Laters