The Demise of the Show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
According to TVbyTheNumbers, Marvel's [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](series:722469) 's demise? Not happening. This past week, it topped its time slot in the targeted demographics once the overnight numbers were combined with the off-line (DVR & streaming) numbers. It even beat CBS' NCIS entry by a full tenth of a point.
Long Live S.H.I.E.L.D.!
Raina is still a problem?
As I mentioned in my review last week, I think Raina continues to plot and set herself up for her own place in the Marvel Universe. And, I think she has her first Inhuman convert in Gordon.
No longer fully adjusted and happy with his appearance, last week Gordon lashed out at Lincoln expecting that there is no way the physically unchanged Mr. Campbell could possibly understand what it means to have your appearance changed as drastically as Raina's has been or even as much as his own eyelessness.
He is beginning to come under Raina's influence. And, it is not a power, per se, but a method of undermining a person's psyche. She will own him.
And, she will probably get him to take her away from Lai Xi where she can begin to come to grips with her new abilities on her own - especially, once Lincoln alerts her to what her new abilities are for clairvoyance.
This will cause Jiaying a lot of grief. And, Skye will have a handy resource to offer in her own human organization: S.H.I.E.L.D. Last week's teaser for this week's episode states that Skye and Lincoln will be "caught up" in the events of S.H.I.E.L.D. and there is a scene of Skye shattering glass back at the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility where May is now the head.
ABC / Marvel are discussing a Spin-off Series for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I have an idea Clark Gregg has turned out to be ... well ... not exactly what everyone had expected as the head of the resurrected S.H.I.E.L.D. operation. He's a bit more on the humor and less on the drama.
A wonderful actor (and, by all counts, person), I don't know if his "fit" has turned out to be as perfect as everyone anticipated. Or, that his "fit" ended up not working once the feedback began to roll in from the fans on their thoughts on how the show was working (generally, after about the fifth week of Season One).
Once the feedback was analyzed and the show writers began to retool the series to fit more with what the fans were expecting, Clark began having to tweak his character. But, Clark is Clark. And, his lovable and pleasant personality will always shine through.
What to do?
Marvel began their introduction to [The Inhumans](movie:910490) on the show. And, there are a lot of opportunities there.
Coulson's affinity for "powered people" (and, his unabashed hero worship of Captain America!) makes him perfect for the role of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Director who would go out and try to recruit these people to help protect society (and, the world, if necessary).
If Marvel & ABC agree to a Spinoff Series
(1) Gonzales and his "Real S.H.I.E.L.D." likely will win the war with Coulson and take over S.H.I.E.L.D. with Simmons, Mack and Mockingbird hanging with his organization. May will, initially, stay with him.
(2) Coulson and his remnants (Fitz, Hunter and Deathlok) will go on the lam and will continue their work with "powered" individuals utilizing the toolbox Fury gave him. Then, in the fall, when new shows are piloted, Coulson will get his "He's Baa-a-a-a-ck!" moment as his new series is announced. Big grin, Clark...
This will have the effect of giving the original S.H.I.E.L.D. organization a powerful leader in Edward Olmos' Robert Gonzales and spin Clark into a world that he would fit in perfectly.
After a few episodes, we find May is still working with Coulson while "serving" under Gonzales, Simmons leaves S.H.I.E.L.D. to go work for Coulson (and, with Fitz) followed an episode or two later by Bobbi Morse (who seems to fit better with Coulson's team than with Gonzales'. Mack has firmly established he is a Gonzales man and would, likely, stay with S.H.I.E.L.D.
AoS would end up being a completely different show, but so was M*A*S*H after Colonel Blake left and Colonel Potter took over - it was better, too! I think there are some outstanding opportunities here and I don't think Marvel is afraid to explore them!
If Marvel & ABC don't agree to a Spinoff Series
Coulson wins the war and retakes S.H.I.E.L.D. absorbing what remains of Gonzales' organization and Olmos moves on to his next project.
Honestly? I would be very disappointed if that happens. I can already see tweaks to soften Gonzales' character that would make him more likeable and able to feature on the show as it moves forward. And, the power he could bring to the role as head of the organization would be outstanding.
Update (4/21): There are a lot of articles being posted today indicating Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood are in negotiations to move their characters from the current Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. over to the spinoff. This doesn't mean they will head the effort, it just means their characters are moving to the new show.
And, it still fits in my hope that Coulson will be in charge of the new group. Here's hoping they're able to bring Fitz, Simmons and May with them!
Avengers! Hydra is waiting in the wings
We already know Dr. List is on Coulson's watch list and that he ties to Baron von Strucker who will very shortly be on the Avengers' watch (and attack) list. This next episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will begin to set the stage for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
It would not surprise me for a number of elements in the movie to be established on the television series.
- Deathlok has already been keeping tabs on List and Strucker
- Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. knows where they are and what they are doing
- Coulson will be seeking to utilize Grant Ward to infiltrate Hydra (probably right there in Baron von Strucker's castle) to get information on Skye and Raina (still can't believe there isn't a play on words there - Raina falls from the Skye?).
- Coulson's existence will likely, in either one of the two upcoming episodes or in the movie itself, become known to the Avengers (if Stark doesn't already know of it through his Chief of Security, Maria Hill) as Coulson will probably have to report what is going on in the castle to the Avengers. Now, whether Coulson (or any of his team, i.e. Grant Ward) makes an appearance himself in the movie or not, I wouldn't be surprised if Coulson's name is brought up when the information is distributed to the Avengers.
The attack on the Castle occurs early in the movie - probably before Ultron becomes an issue - so, will be used to just set up the rest of the movie. But, it does place Loki's staff in Stark's hands.
The Remainder of the Season
The last few episodes (from the time Gonzales and Real S.H.I.E.D. first appeared on the scene) are all about setting up the transition from Coulson to Gonzales (if that proves to be a workable solution and allows for the spinoff). It will continue to introduce more of the lore of the Inhumans and how they fit into the MCU.
And, it will continue to set up the issues that will eventually spill onto the Silver Screen and fragment the Avengers. And, the show will continue to gain popularity. It has already taken (however briefly) the top spot in the ratings war with CBS for its timeslot.
Couple the events in the movie referencing back to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with the ferver generated by Daredevil on Netflix and people are going to flock back to ABC to see what Marvel is doing over here!
Binging will occur while the faint-hearted go back to look in on what they gave up on midway through Season One (when the show, admittedly, was faltering).
Have you watched Disney's "Aladdin"? How about "The Following" on ABC? I'm sure you've seen a James Bond movie. And, you have probably seen "Star Wars", "Star Trek" and "Battlestar Galactica"!
Do you think all of these "places" and stories could exist in the same world? (Well, maybe not Star Wars...) Sure they can! The world is full of stories! And, they all hit across different genres! What do you like? Go see that!
That is what Marvel is doing. They have their "Star Trek" heroes galavanting around Xandar, hobnobbing with the Nova Corps and rousing around the galaxy trying to save it from... well... they don't know from what, yet... but, they do want to save it.
You have your disaster movies almost every time Iron Man dons his red and yellow suit.
Political dramas? Captain America: The Winter Soldier! Daredevil is the reincarnation of Nolan's "Dark Knight" series.
Spy Novels? Black Widow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
War movies! Captain America: The First Avenger and Agent Carter (for post-war period pieces).
Comedies? Wanna see Yellow Jacket get run over by a toy train? Yeah... me too! (I do think it's too late to change the name, though.)
Marvel is carefully placing their stories across the various genres and maintaining discretion between them so that, what one person might love another might not. But, it doesn't exclude anyone from wanting to occupy some part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Just wait a couple of weeks and Marvel will hit you right in your sweet spot.
Soon, we will have Dr. Strange and he can introduce us to the genre of mystics. He can also introduce us to the genre of horror. And, I'll bet it will be done far better than Fox did with Ghost Rider!
Take note, DC. Your single genre Superhero offerings peter out after 2 or 3 movies. Who wants to see the same thing over and over again?
But, "Princess Diaries"? "Princess Bride"? "The Prince & Me"? All fresh takes on a similar theme. Cinderella? Yup.
Marvel has got this.
And, we've got Marvel!