Given the billions Marvel's Avengers movies (The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk--so far) have earned, it was only a matter of time before they decided a TV series would be a good idea. Tuesday, the same day Iron Man 3 was released on DVD, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered, starring Clark Gregg as the unflappable Agent Phil Coulson.
Wait a minute. Wasn't Agent Coulson killed by Thor's psychologically-damaged adopted brother Loki in The Avengers?
Well, yes...and no. Coulson was dead, very briefly--for a matter of seconds. But this is the Marvel universe--in the Marvel universe, as in soap operas, being dead isn't as final as it is in real life. Marvel characters get do-overs, and in this case, I consider it a good thing. Coulson is one of my favorite characters. He rarely even raises his voice. He's like the eerily calm eye at the center of a superhero hurricane.
In the aftermath of the events of The Avengers (in the series known as The Battle of New York), Coulson and SHIELD Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) supervise a team of young agents who investigate strange occurrences. Though their cases are new, fans of the movies will recognize a lot of familiar elements: the supersoldier formula (Captain America), gods (Thor), the big green monster (The Incredible Hulk), Tony Stark, Extremis (Iron Man), Chitauri (The Avengers). My personal favorite: Coulson's reference to Loki as "the Asgardian Mussolini."
Like the Avengers, most of Coulson's team (Ming-Na Wen,Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain DeCaestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge really don't want to be on the team. But his calm persistence always wins, in the end--after all, how can you have an argument with someone who won't argue? His approach to recruiting one new agent is original, effective--and downright funny.
Can the show's writers come up with new ideas for each episode that maintain the quality of the first episode? That remains to be seen. But I'm willing to bet they can.
Have you seen it? Do you agree or disagree with me? I'd love to hear your take on it!
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