There isn’t anyway around it, the Marvel movies are by far the hottest Hollywood property right now. Each movie has made truckloads of money. The Avengers broke all kinds of box office records and everyone is impatiently waiting for Avengers 2 to come out in 2015. So it only makes sense that Disney and Marvel would want to expand the brand and keep their rabid fan base happy. Enter Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from Avengers director and cult TV legend/demi-god Joss Whedon.
For those of you living without Wi-Fi, S.H.I.E.L.D is the top-secret government organization that attempts to maintain order in the Marvel Universe. They keep the crazy super-powered heroes and maniacs separated and try to keep the peace, while being badass spies and getting into all sorts of adventures on their own. Agents of Shield follows the ongoing stories centered on the formerly deceased Agent Phil Coulson and his ragtag band of misfit S.H.I.E.L.D agents. Of course the big draw here, besides having a live action comic based TV series on primetime, is the mystery behind Coulson surviving being speared by Loki in Avengers. It would be too easy to get the full story in the pilot, but it looks like that particular thread will be one of many that will unfold as the season moves along.
As for the pilot episode, it was everything the audience could have expected and more. The rapid-fire banter from the movies is intact. The references to the larger Marvel Universe were plentiful. While it may appear to be a stretch to see the likes of Ironman, Thor, or Captain America to make an appearance, so it’s a nice bit of fan service to reference them in the pilot. There was also the only time you will ever hear anything Spider-Man related in this show with the “great power comes great yadda yadda malarkey” line. That will have to do until Marvel gets the Spidey rights back. But I digress.
Overall, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has a lot of potential. The cast led by Clark Gregg, have excellent chemistry with each other and have that classic Whedon banter down pat. The seeds are planted for multiple overarching conflicts that will pay off in future episodes, as well as the case of the week format to keep everyone on their toes. So far, so good for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now we can only hope that the show plays out more like Buffy and not Firefly. In Whedon we trust.