In my previous article, I discussed how a Civil War story with Marvel would be a poor move. The problem is the fans are wanting it so bad that Marvel is willing to give them what they want. Now, sometimes, that is a good idea, like casting Paul Rudd as Ant-Man or Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon. Giving the people what they want can be a good thing, it keeps them happy. But other times, it can lead to a dead end.
And Marvels dead end is starting to be, I hate to say it, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I seriously wanted to like this show. And for the first season, I did. It had well written characters, interesting plots, and a mystery that kept us interested until the next season. Sure it had flaws, but it got better and better over time and led to a satisfying finale. Needless to say, I was mildly excited for this season.
I've been disappointed for the most part. The recent episode "Face My Enemy" did surprise me, but I fear that the quality will drop. It's made me think about something. something that the Marvel fandom would crucify me for saying.
Perhaps they should have kept Agent Coulson on ice.
Don't track me down and kill me just yet, hear me out. In The Avengers, Coulson's death was a very sad and emotional scene. It was the one thing that drove the heroes to defeating Loki and his army. Even Nick Fury showed grief for this one agent among so many, the one he trusted to lead S.H.I.E.L.D.
But, as Doctor Who, Supernatural, and The Walking Dead have shown us, fans don't react well to loss. And poor Phil was no exception. The fans unanimously responded by coming up with so many crackpot theories about how Coulson could be alive.
The reaction was so negative, Marvel gave them exactly what they wanted. And thus, Coulson lived. At first, I was happy that not only was he alive, but he also had his own show. Just the icing on the cake, I suppose.
But the more I thought about it, the sooner i realized that this was actually a bad move to bring him back. They made his death so sudden and so sympathetic that it was a proper end to his character, even if we didn't get to see him progress like normal characters do. Sometimes life doesn't get to be complete, sometimes it ends abruptly with no rhyme or reason, but it's our responsibility to move on and look towards the future. But the fans wouldn't have that, so Marvel just decided to say "Yeah, he's not dead, you got us." Any potential symbolism or deeper meaning was thrown out the window and it rendered such an emotional scene completely pointless. I'm sorry, but you can't do that just because the people demand it.
Now, I understand shows and movies do bring characters back to life. The difference is there is normally a build-up to it or an explanation afterwards. And the explanation usually isn't nearly as drawn out as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It's gotten to the point that I don't really even care anymore, and a show shouldn't make someone give up on a mystery, especially when the characters haven't. All because they had to bring Phil Coulson back.
As I've said in recent articles, listening to the fans can only do so much for a franchise. Because despite how much they love comics, most fans don't know one thing about what makes a good story. I know Marvel movies aren't known for their depth and emotions, but that was their one chance to have a deep scene and the fans decided to ruin it. Sure we got a decent show out of it, but it's proven to not be worth the effort.
Agree with me? Want to Draw-and-Quarter me for talking badly about a fan-favorite character? Let me know in the comments!