So as a major Marvel Universe fan, of the movies and of the comics themselves, I was blown away by the Captain America sequel released late last night (8:30pm early screening). It was a perfect blend of action and drama, with a great supporting cast of characters both new and well known to the franchise. Along side Chris Evans we have Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and shows us how much of a bad ass super spy he really is, and Scarlett Johansson gives us a warmer more likeable side to Black Widow. The return of Sebastian Stan, reprises his role of Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (mini spoiler for folks that aren't comic fans) but we'll get to that later.
Now as we all know late last year Marvel expanded it's movie-verse to television with the series Marvel's [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](series:722469), and while it had what I would consider a "slow start", the show has gotten down to the nitty-gritty late in the season. The agents aboard the CXD-23 lead by Agent Coulson, have nearly discovered the true nature of their mission, and they know something is amiss. If Marvel is truly running the series along side the movies, the events of the star spangled film will no doubt be discussed in next weeks episode.
So a fair warning to you that have more/less of a life then me and didn't purchase your tickets a week in advance to see it opening night, I've got major spoilers coming up so stop reading now if you haven't seen the film...
Ok, you've been warned.
First we talk Jasper Sitwell. So clearly old agent grandpa glasses was headed to the S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters at his departure in AoS episode 16, 'End of the Beginning', to mix it up with his undercover HYDRA cronies, and a completely shock anyone that was a Sitwell fan, myself for one. In the film we also learn of the existence of "the Algorithm", a super computer designed to predict the actions of anyone that is a threat to the "master plan." Is the Algorithm the actual source of information provided to the Clairvoyant?
With the end of Captain America 2, S.H.I.E.L.D. is technically non existent at this point. With plenty of instances of S.H.I.E.L.D. being essentially shut down in the comics, there are many routes the studio can take.With the previews for next weeks episode we see there is obviously still a S.H.I.E.L.D. presence. So where does that leave Coulson, Mae and their young group of upstart agents? Can Mae be Trusted? Or any high ranking agent for that matter? Also, with Fury in hiding, who steps up to lead the broken agency? It could be a great opportunity to introduce some more Marvel comic plot devices and have Cobie Smulders' Agent Hill assume control over the new incarnation of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Lastly, the Winter Soldier! So it was refreshing, but not surprising, to see a more closely accurate interpretation of a lesser known character. I was convinced the Winter Soldier would be yet another victim to the Hollywood rewrites we've seen thus far, reflecting on the fiasco that was The Mandarin in Iron Man 3. Yet his character was kept considerably familiar, and the fact that he survives his encounter with Cap guarantees Marvel has plans for Bucky (*cough*cough* Steve's death *cough*cough) but I wonder if that means we'll be seeing a Bucky Cameo or two in AoS.
With six episodes of AoS still to air, my predictions are as follows:
1. Coulson and Hand, after the back and forth of who is backing who, bury the hatchet and team up to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D.
We see in the trailer for next week, Coulson and Hand are at odds with one another. Hand pressumably responsible for the re-routing of the CXD-23's auto pilot systems.
2. Mae is found out to be a HYDRA informant, sort of.
Mae will be an unknowing accomplice, tasked with keeping her eye on the team, specifically Coulson and Skye to evaluate their potential threat to HYDRA's plans
3. Skye comes into her own, and discovers some latent abilities along the way.
So why is it we haven't revisited the hole origins of Skye thing? Because the alien drug, er, goo, is what will be the catalyst for Skye realizing her potential in some way. My guess is some form of techno psychic ability, or overall enhanced human brain function. Whatever it is, I'm sure Marvel is cooking up something big, and i hope to see some cross over action in the future as the show picks up popularity.
Well that's it for me. What do you think? Drop a comment, a question, or theory!