There are a ton of comic book shows to keep up with, and just me, I keep up with them all. But one show that doesn’t seem to get as much love as it deserves, though it has been changing, is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The show struggled to find its footing in the first season and has its ups and downs, but you have to stick with it. Trust me.
This latest season has an established cast that meshes well together. Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy, Iain De Caestecker as Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Simmons, and Henry Simmons as Mack, as well as every other cast member, work so well together. And lord knows my heart is hurting after Nick Blood (Lance Hunter) and Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse) left the show. (Only because they are off to another stand-alone Marvel show that of course I’m going to watch.)
While much darker than before, it still has the classic Marvel gags and one liners that help lighten the mood and make for memorable interactions.
The show no longer relies on the established Marvel cinematic universe and instead builds on its own strengths. It leaves it open for crossovers and merges timelines, but it doesn’t need it to survive. This was the grave mistake in the first season. But now, the show proves that it has staying power. It’s been renewed for a fourth season.
The beauty of the show is that you don’t necessarily have to be a comic book fan either. While there are comic elements, everything is explained as the show progresses and doesn’t entirely rely on preconceived comic book stories. There’s action, romance, and laughs — what more do you need?
With the Marvel universe behind it and it’s own self-reliant storyline, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a show you need to check out.
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Why You Should be Watching ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Photograph courtesy of ABC