Just When You Thought You Were Out, Marvel Guarantees You Won't Give Up On 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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Just When You Thought You Were Out, Marvel Guarantees You Won't Give Up On 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | November 4, 2013 | Comments ()


The Marvel film/book/tv juggerglomerate plot grows thicker this week as ABC announced that the November 19th episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will pick up right where the plot of Thor: The Dark World leaves off. First of all, that only gives you 11 days to see the Thor sequel in the theater lest you be spoiled by the TV show. Secondly, though they’ve not confirmed any cameos from the Thor stable of actors, I would be mightily surprised if we didn’t get one. Thirdly, gah! How nefarious! It’s bad enough we have to keep up with all the Marvel single character films in order to fully enjoy Whedon-licious Avengers, now we have to watch the show too?

I’m still watching Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. for two very specific reasons…


…but I understand if/that many of you have given up on it. Maybe the promise of prolonged Thor plot isn’t enough to bring you back, but what of that cameo lure? Both Maria Hill and Nick Fury were absolutely delightful on the show. What if you miss a little televisual Hiddlestoning? Or, more likely, given the show’s penchant for shiny-haired, vacuous things, a concussed looking Natalie Portman? You know, something like this.

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So what do you say, folks, is Portman’s glassy-eyed stare enough to compel you to keep watching S.H.I.E.L.D.?

UPDATE: The episode will be directed by Jonathan Frakes aka Commander William T. Riker of the Starship Enterprise. Resistance truly is futile, people.

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  • stryker1121

    I haven't bailed on AoS yet, but I've been bored with the show since the entertaining pilot. Just not getting with the characters even if they are cute Jossian archetypes. And now the show wants me to plunk down $$$ to watch Bhor: The Snark Hurled (you can use that), too? Tricksy.

  • AudioSuede

    It's also really fascinating to me how quickly this generation of TV viewers has abandoned single episode story arcs in favor of massive, series-long plots. The X-Files or Buffy or any number of other shows would have no chance in a landscape like this. It's amazing that Supernatural has been on for as long as it has.

  • I guess you need to blame the people who are making the best shows -- like Mad Men or Breaking Bad -- that feature great character development of big casts with multiple plotlines that interlock and twist around one another. For me SHIELD has been good in some spots, but from a storytelling angle it's not yet risen to the level of a decent superhero comic book, which almost always feature subplots and twisty storytelling. In a comic turned TV show you should have no more than three or four "problem so big it needs everyone on the team" episodes in a 24-episode season.

  • Sean

    The main issue with that is that comic book readers are a lot smarter than network TV viewers. We demand a hell of a lot more. The TV show has to be dumbed down. Hell, even the Walking Dead is less complex than the comic.

  • Dominic

    Dutch and Sean are right AS . It's the comics that were always known as having threads from past stories intertwined with a fresh plot AND some foreshadowing of future issues .
    Cable plays a big part too ; were there ANY of the well-known cable Franchises ( the Wire as a prime example ) that were single-story episodic ?? No They only had 13 episodes a season - gotta hold the interest by making sure u have good reason to make it 'Destination TV " Single episodes aren't good enough to delineiate any character

    I would take issue with you putting Buffy in there , as not only was there a running plot BUT it also spawned a whole new series - Angel - which Buffy starred on a few times . Even Supernatural has that re-occurring angel ( Dean ? ) and a few vllians that pop up from time to time .
    Go back to Hill Street Blues , as a show that made running plots for EVERY character popular .
    Hell i bet u could find running plots in DRAGNET ....

  • AudioSuede

    I'm still totally on board with this show. I even enjoy the witty repartee of the leads, for the most part, despite the fact that the rest of the internet seems to hate them deeply. In fact, the dialogue is so on-point, I could watch the show just for that, plots and special effects be damned. I'm a little sad to hear that other people aren't enjoying it as much as I am.

  • RipCity

    i don't mind the dialogue, but skye oversells it every time. She needs to tone it down a little. like everyone else though

  • Scorptilicus

    I'm betting on a Broke Girl.

  • Giroux IA

    S.H.I.E.L.D. episode directed by No.1... I just had a No.2...

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Let's be real here: if they have any chance of having any of the big Thor actors, it would be Hiddleston, and that would be because he loves playing in the Marvel sandbox (and also a great big wad of cash). Hemsworth is already making quitting noises, Portman will probably go all "I WON AN OSCAR" on them, and Dennings is contracted on CBS, which means Fox would be in for a giant hissy fight just to get her for, what, being underused as Darcy on TV now? The Warriors Three...maybe.

  • JoannaRobinson

    a) The show's on ABC b) they got another CBS actress, Cobie Smulders, for the season premiere. I actually think Dennings and Skarsgard are the likeliest choices. We're just talking cameo here.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Wasn't Cobie Smulders basically done with HIMYM by that point? That's not much of a contractual problem. And when it comes to superhero franchises, studios can get really petty really fast. If you think Skarsgard is a likely option for a cameo, then that's probably the answer.

  • Dominic

    And prob not even in on any action .
    Dennings prob networks with the two science nerds ...

  • NateMan

    Crap. They're pulling the same thing they (and DC) pulls with comics, making you buy into multiple titles in order to get the whole storyline. I think I'm more annoyed than intrigued by this.

  • It's bullshit. And what it tells me is that they know they show isn't good enough on its own so they're trying to trick you into watching it.

  • Dominic

    the reason why they do that is that the industry is hurting and they need ur money . Not about them knowing it's crap . Marvel recently rebooted too it's just DC has rebooted their Universe more .. Not a trick ; they SHOULD be tying into EVERY movie , as Sheild often was just a cleanup crew ..

  • Carrie

    I have given up already. I would like to stick with it and give it the benefit of the doubt etc but I just do not have the time for so-so tv shows any more. Or at least so-so tv shows that I am not enjoying in the slightest. It pains me to say that, but I just don't. Stupid life. I may come back later and pick it back up if it finds its feet more, but even this news doesn't inspire me much.

    (Why can't I post as a guest any more? Blah blah Disqus whine.)

  • Strand

    I enjoyed the pilot, still have yet to bother with subsequent episodes and the supposed quality cliff, but it's quite fun. Still yet to see Thor 2, but I hear that it's one of the better Marvel movies, so I guess there's something to look forward to. Agent Le Tigre needs to go, though.

  • Daniel Valentin

    I'm amazed that people are giving up on the show after only five episodes. The show's fun and the main characters are getting good character development. You can't have a major storyarc going without exploring your characters and making us care first. Skye got MAJOR character development the last episode, and it's obviously the setup for a major storyarc, and we still don't know just how Coulson survived Avengers, or what happened to Agent May to make her opposed to field work. Then there's the Extremis/Centipede plot, Dr. Franklin Hall(who anyone familiar with him from the comics can tell you is a MAJOR shitstorm waiting to happen), Ian Quinn, the organization behind Agent Amador's turn(who I'm not convinced are the same people behind Centipede)... That's a lot of seeds being planted in just five episodes, we have to give the show time to reap what it's sowing.

    I for one am definitely sticking with the show. I'm psyched to have a new Whedon-helmed show on TV, and I honestly believe it's the best comic-based show we've had in a dog's age.

  • Chris Holt

    "You can't have a major storyarc going without exploring your characters and making us care first."

    I've been trying to explain that to folks for weeks now. This is Whedon television yall. This is how it works. Season One we meet the characters and the writers start trying to find their rhythm. But most importantly, the viewer starts to care about the characters without really even knowing it. It's the Whedon phenomenon. By the end of Season One someone you love will be dead. And normally the network would start talking about cancellation. But luckily in this case Disney is at the helm so this won't be another Firefly situation. This show isn't going anywhere for a while, believe that. It will pick up. And eventually it will reach a crescendo where those who gave up on it will start to take notice again and then it will really take off. Rome wasn't built in a day.

    If you're looking for big budget locations and the same write-as-you-go nonsense bottomless story arcs with cookie cutter cliffhangers then you should watch J.J. Abrams. I'm sure there's old episodes of LOST on somewhere.

  • Aaron

    That's kind of a cheap shot at Lost considering season one of that show was largely about getting to know the characters and caring about them, many of which I was much more invested with by episode five than I feel I am with any of the Shield Characters (besides possibly Coulson, whose already return from the Dead feels like it lessons the stakes a bit).

  • NateMan

    But it doesn't feel like Whedon television. It feels like a pale imitation of it. They're trying too hard with the snappy dialogue, and it's not working. At least not with me. I'm 2 episodes behind now, I think, and I do intend to get caught up. But I had an easier time sticking with Dollhouse than I do with this.

  • What SHIELD suffers from compared to other Whedon shows is the universe. It's the entertainment equivalent of moving into a furnished apartment. All the necessary stuff is there, but it doesn't quite feel like home. Part of the fun of Dollhouse, Firefly, etc., was learning about the world these characters inhabit. Through the comics and movies the Marvel universe is pretty well established -- with the viewer and the characters, who after the invasion of New York, have taken a "seen it all" mentality. Given that we're still learning about the characters there's not a lot else going on that gets you really hooked.

  • Dominic

    Also u guys here , the reason why I bailed on it is the plot every week WAS " To Catch A Mutant " . So it seems like their role is only to curtail "THOSE People" ( Is whedon playing to the ultra conservs who hate ANYTHING new ?? ) . Not what we read comics or watch sci-fi movies for . And not JUST was Shield was about in the comics either . Maybe they can't contractually say "Hydra" so it's Centipede ... but I might record it on the 19th because this tie in to the bigger movie uni IS what this TV show should be spotlighting on .

  • JustOP

    I don't think the argument that 'Whedon is at the helm so it's bound to be good' is compelling enough. Especially given the fact that he has only directed and written one episode so far.

    The show has been garbage - I shouldn't have to watch garbage because of some 'vague' promise of it getting good. How about the writers introduce new characters and plot with some nuance, some skill, and with some entertainment like, oh, I don't know, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, or Game of Thrones. Those shows had me hooked from episode One.

    Agents of Sheild has next to no compelling characters - Coulson is and always has been one dimensional comic relief and he's now expected to shoulder an entire show. The plot of every episode so far has been crap (seriously? a blow up boat plugs a hole in an airplane? are you kidding me???)

    If I want to watch the cameos, I'll stick to youtube thanks.

  • Ian Fay

    Buffy and Fringe both took a good season to find their grooves, and it's a timeslot where I'm not watching anything else anyways, so I'm in it for awhile more at least, if only for the reasons JRo listed above.

  • Aaron

    Wait... People still watch stuff during time slots?

  • Ian Fay

    Tuesday nights I get home late from work, and it's early enough in the week that I don't have a massive backlog on the TIVO (at least since I dropped Homeland and Walking Dead) so it works out nicely for me.

    I do start watching it around 8:15, of course.

  • Parsnip

    Nah, Hiddleston would be the only reason I'd pop by because he's such a great actor, he plays bad with relish, and is cute to look at as Loki.

  • Bodhi

    Natalie? No. Helmsworth & Hiddleston? Oh yes.

  • I would not mind a bit if they got rid of Hacker girl and brought in Darcy (Kat Dennings) from the Thor movies. Screw "Two Broke Girls"

  • Someone needs to MAKE this happen!

  • ray

    Apparently the episode takes place right after Thor 2
    but won't have any of the actors from Thor 2. It will just be them dealing with the aftermath

  • That doesn't change the fact that Kat sitting around the jet being sassy would be a HUGE step up from Hacker Girl.

  • Bodhi

    YES!! Kat is SO much better than that stupid show

  • Carey Adams

    I'm still watching. It's an enjoyable time and my kids love it.

    Plus I like Fitz-Simmons.

  • I know people have enjoyed taking the piss out of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it's monster-of-the-week plots. But I feel the reason I'm hanging on is EXACTLY for things like this.

    It was only a matter of time before it tied in to the larger Marvel universe. And while I don't think they're going to give the characters on the show any big league threats, it's still entertaining to watch them run parallel to those plots in the larger Marvel universe.

  • hickoryduck

    The entire "Marvel Cinematic Universe" is fucking terrible and it pains me that people act like it's anything even close to resembling "good"

  • bastich

    DC fan, eh? :)

    But seriously, folks...

    Just out of curiosity, did you enjoy the older Fox/Columbia Marvel movies (Spider-Man, X-Men, Blade, etc.)? I mean, is it the "Marvel" part that irks you, or the combined cinematic universe part?

  • Don't trolls usually have to ask us a riddle before coming out from under their bridges?

  • sanity fair

    I'm totally stealing this line, just as an FYI. :)

  • Feel free. I probably stole it from somewhere else, myself. ;)

  • Ryan Ambrose

    Sir, I believe your monocle is slightly maladjusted.

  • Olorin

    So define "good". I think the public consensus, as evidenced by box office numbers, is that these movies are sucsessfully entertaining people. Seems 'good' to me.

  • Robert

    Critics like the films, too. All of the Avengers connected titles are Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Even the new Wolverine film mostly got good reviews.

  • AngelenoEwok

    Wolverine is not part of the MCU though.

  • AudioSuede

    Which is another reason not to trust Rotten Tomatoes. I mean, I love The Avengers as much as the next guy, but Wolverine? Woof.

  • Dominic

    yes they changed the story somewhat ( what CB movie director/producer DOESN'T ? ) but if you TRULY are an original Logan fan from the 80's , this is about the best representation of the character you're going to get . Yeah he's too tall by about 4 inches ; facially he's the closest Hollywood has to play the character . Can't rag on his acting chops either ..
    I'm not seeing T:TDW till it comes OnDemand Wasn't really a Thor fan and the last one was overpriced in the IMAX format . Basically , these movies come down to whether the lead actor nails the character PERFECTLY( which is why , unlike most , I can say that I DO like Elektra and Daredevil -Director's Cut version a Must ).
    Hemsworth is good for this role ... .

  • the dude

    You're so wrong. In fact, the more dubious thing is the individual quality of the projects but, as a part of the universe, they are not only amazing but pretty much unprecedented in film history.

  • JoannaRobinson

    But! But! Exhibits A and B! http://24.media.tumblr.com/tum...

  • fracas

    (Joanna, it's spelled with two t's.)

  • Dominic

    I'm not impressed ...pardon me for not being gay and able to appreciate it . It's all good for those who can .. Chris ? Whatisname may not appreciate being known more for his LOWER cheeks than his acting , tho ..

  • the dude

    they make no attempt to hide the fact that they're trying to cash in on Dat CapAss in the trailer for Winter Soldier lol

  • Even as a dude, I can totally appreciate that.

  • Indeed. A Cap Ass of our very own is something all dudes of any persuasion ought to aspire to (make of this what you will).

  • For America!... Cap Ass.

  • And Australia. Cap Ass Down Under.

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