Fallout of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1

5/14/2014 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


Well, that's all folks.  Season 1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is in the books and I think we can consider it mostly a success.  I think it would be fair for anyone to expect more from it, considering it seems like a lot was left on the table, but it worked.

Marvel's groundbreaking shared universe now extends from the big screen to the small screen and they have effectively used both mediums to tell stories.  If I had one major complaint about the show, it would be that it was mostly following events in the MCU rather than paving its own way.  The show effectively established tie-ins for each phase 2 movie (pending Guardians of the Galaxy, more on that later), but it didn't do much to enhance the viewing of said films.

The films definitely provided context for the show, but nothing from the show affected the direction of the films, it was the other way around in every instance.  With the show we got, I'd definitely prefer it that way, but I can only wonder if the Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist will follow a similar path, or if they will carry more weight in the MCU.  Maybe season 1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was just a proof of concept and it will be more relevant next season?  We'll see.

[Spoilers and all that]


So when it's all said and done, we got some good pieces from the series.  It seems like not a lot happened, but it's definitely carved a corner of the MCU out that the agents can play in next season.  I'll cover each of the major categories covered and future potential.  In no particular order...

Deathlok - By the end of the season, Deathlok is let loose.  He's been freed from Garrett and walked off into the sunset.  S.H.I.E.L.D. has the ability to call him in at any time, but he is autonomous, so it's cool to know he's out there.  We'll definitely see more of him next season.  Hopefully they take the opportunity to improve his appearance and he'll be a welcome addition for a chunk of episodes.

Coulson - We didn't get many answers when it comes to Coulson.  We still don't know what GH-325 actually is, other than the fact that it came from what is all but revealed as a Kree alien.  Coulson was shown drawing alien symbols like Erik Selvig during the button scene.  I hope we see these surface in Guardians of the Galaxy in some way, because otherwise this tease is getting a bit old for my taste.  He's also the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D.  What this means for Avengers 2 will be interesting.  Hopefully he has at least a cameo.  Fury also referred to him as an Avenger.  That was cool.  (btw, I'm betting he's Mar-Vell at this point)

Fury - Nick Fury made a welcome appearance at the end of the season.  He is basically resigning and going into hiding.  It sounds like he may not make another Marvel appearance for some time.  If that's the case, he'll be missed, but SLJ is a fan favorite and he loves the franchise, so I hope he doesn't stay away for long.

Maria Hill - She now works for Tony Stark.  I'm sure Coulson will try to recruit her.  I'm hoping to see a lot more of her in season 2 of the show.  She will be in Avengers 2, which makes sense, considering she's possibly the most centrally involved character now that Nick Fury is gone.  She's former S.H.I.E.L.D. and works for Stark, where Utron likely comes from.  She eventually becomes Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the comics, so I'd like to see a similar path for her in this universe.

Skye - We know nothing about Skye.  She's special and one of her parents has bloody hands.  She could be an Inhuman or Ms. Marvel.  I don't know.  Ms. Marvel has some good Kree connections, so maybe they'll go that direction in season 2? "Who is Skye?" or "What is Skye?" are both questions I'd like to know before the mid-season break in season 2.

Ward - Ward was a great twist after the greater Hydra twist in the episodes following Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  His character is still alive.  I wanted to see them have the nerve to kill him off, but they're leaving that door open, which means he'll inevitably have some sort of a chance to be redeemed in later seasons.  It's going to be some sort of button scene.  They'll say "there's only one way we can solve this problem," then open a cell door and Ward will be in there with shoulder length hair.

Fitz - Fitz was by far the best surprise of the show.  His character was the most endearing and definitely the best acted arc through the second half of the season.  All Simmons says about him is "he's alive" and we're also told that he "may never be the same."  I'm sure he'll be back in some capacity, but I would have much preferred they kill of Simmons and leave an emotionally scarred  and vengeful Fitz on the team.  Oh well.  Hopefully he'll be back.

Tripplet - He's the new specialist on the team, replacing Ward.  I'm a fan.  He's one of the more enjoyable (and better acted) characters on the show at this point.  His grandfather was a howling commando, which we'll likely see turn up in Agent Carter during next year's mid-season break.  So far there isn't much to his character, but he's solid and I like him.

May and Simmons - I'm grouping them together because there's not much going on here.  They're both basically space fillers at this point.  I don't dislike them, but there's nothing to say.  They exist. They're healthy.

S.H.I.E.L.D. - Coulson and co. will be rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D. in season 2.  Hopefully they'll also include a S.W.O.R.D. spin-off.  The agency will likely evolve some and quite possibly be independent of the US Government now, which creates more opportunity for some of the hints of Civil War that were started at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The biggest issue with the show at this point is it lacks independent gravity.  Any gravity given to it was mostly given by the other Marvel Phase 2 movies, but hopefully the show can trek out on its own now that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been somewhat severed from movie relevance.  The S.H.I.E.L.D. sandbox basically got way bigger after the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and is now even bigger at the end of this season.

Before long there will be additional  TV shows up on Netflix.  Seeing how all these diverse mediums tie together will be really interesting to watch.  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did make one thing clear in season 1, though.  Marvel can build a massive shared universe.


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