Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hopefully injecting more MARVEL into the show
So, there's been lots of interesting news surrounding the Marvel Cinematic Universe on television. And, I think it's all good news is they can keep it up. As I've talked about before, the big thing that has been missing from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been its lack of...well...Marvel from the show. And, while I understand the show is not supposed to be about superheroes, but about the women and men at S.H.I.E.L.D. that help keep balance between all us plain folk and those with super powers. But, outside of the organization, a surprise cameo by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and some name dropping of those in the Avengers, it's hard to know that this show has any connection to the Marvel Universe. As a comic book fan, I long to see the characters I grew up with on screen.
And, in Tuesday's episode, we started to see a bit more Marvel when they introduced Donnie Gill, a S.H.I.E.L.D. academy student who develops a device that can freeze moisture in the air and then finds himself in some trouble when he gets involved with the wrong people. Comic fans know Donnie Gill as Iron Man nemesis Blizzard who, as one might be able to tell by the name, can manipulate snow and ice. And, while this is a younger version of a yet to be named Blizzard, he's recognizable enough. And, the fact that we saw the ice powers made it even more satisfying.
It should also be noted that Tuesday's episode featured Bucky Barnes on the Wall of Valor at the academy as well as significant mentions of both Hydra and AIM, both of which have been suspiciously missing from the show.
At the same time, earlier this week, Marvel Studios announced that Bill Paxton would be appearing in a 4 episode story arc as Agent John Garrett who comic book fans know from comic series such as Secret Warriors and Elektra. Garrett, in the comics, also gets outfitted with cybernetics to save his life after getting seriously injured in the line of duty. So, this will be the most recognizable Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. to appear on the show outside of Victoria Hand (played by the wonderful Saffron Burrows)...er...at least, I should say the most recognizable ones outside of Maria Hill and Nick Fury who both had small appearances on the show. And, speaking of future cyborgs, I'm still holding up hopes for an appearance by Deathlok down the line...
And, now, today, Marvel Studios announced that Jaimie Alexander will be returning to the role as Lady Sif in an upcoming episode. According to Marvel, she is coming to Earth on a very specific mission. Now, the last time we saw Lady Sif was her on a special mission with Volstagg to deliver an "Infinity Stone" to the Collector. Could it have anything to do with this? Whatever the case might be, it's got to be a lot better than when they tried to convince us that Peter McNichol could have once been an Asgardian Berserker.
All this said, while the show has felt a little slow at the beginning, I think we're going to start to see what we've been looking for. And, hopefully, we'll be seeing more announcements of more characters and organizations from the Marvel Universe making their way into episodes of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
This also gives me hope for another S.H.I.E.L.D. based show that is being developed for ABC. Today, Deadline reported that Reaper creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas have silently been asked to be showrunners for a show revolving around Agent Peggy Carter who we know from Captain America: The First Avenger and the Agent Carter Marvel One-Shot on the Iron Man 3 Blu-Ray. Carter, of course, pre-dates the Nick Furies and Agent Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. having been named Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a post-WWII world. I absolutely loved the Agent Carter short and think Hayley Atwell, who plays the title character, has the right persona to carry off a show. But, like it's more contemporary counterpart, it will have to be able to reference Marvel in a way that comic book fans will buy into.