In what can only be considered one of the biggest turn arounds in recent Television history, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ manages to conclude Season 2 on such a high that it leaves one in awe, and so much anticipation of what is to come. Despite some slow and worrying storylines and some misdirection, Season 2 of the ABC show maintained a pretty steady pace of wonderful storytelling that introduced some great characters, made brilliant connections to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and told some stories that managed to prove the importance of this show to the over all world being created in the movies. Here’s taking a look at all the amazing things that ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ managed to achieve during its Season 2 run. Spoilers forthwith!
Episode Title: Scars
Original Airdate: 5-5-15
It’s a post ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Marvel Cinematic Universe, and ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ does not shy away from acknowledging that fact. The penultimate episode of Season 2 titled ‘Scars’ not only makes references to the events of the film, but the characters themselves even analyze those events to get their point across in this episode. It’s a bold move but it pays off, as the show uses those events to further their own story and still make connections that answer a few questions and add to both the movie and the show. Although, maybe not enough to make the movie better. Fair warning: this Review of the latest episode of ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ will contain many major SPOILERS for ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’, (my Spoiler-free Review can be found here) so if you haven’t watched the movie and don’t want to be spoiled… be wary!
Episode Title: The Dirty Half Dozen
Original Airdate: 28-4-15
With the phase 2 culmination of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe releasing May 1st, the latest episode of ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ pushes forward with its own story, while setting up some cool Avengers plot points. With Lincoln, the Inhuman, and Deathlok captured by H.Y.D.R.A., Coulson confronts Gonzalez with a plan to infiltrate H.Y.D.R.A. and deal them a severe blow. The episode entitled, ‘The Dirty Half Dozen’ brings together the original ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ team from Season 1, while tying in some of its more recent Season 2 storylines into the upcoming ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ movie.
Movies based on Comic Books are all the rage, infiltrating the small screen with multiple shows of varying levels of success. Even ‘event stories’ from Comics have made their way into films with Marvel’s Cinematic Universe where multiple movies with solo heroes culminate into one team up film combining all the individual stories. And soon, another comic universe concept will become part of the film and TV universes: the tie in book.
Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ will supposedly be a prequel story set after the events of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ focusing on the character of Peggy Carter from the same movie, and will tell the story of the founding of S.H.I.E.L.D. and her contribution to it. But I suspect there will be more at play than just that, especially given that S.H.I.E.L.D. no longer even exists in the MCU. So it’s strange that Marvel would put out a prequel in the middle of the mid season break of an existing show such as ‘Agents Of SHIELD’, if it didn’t somehow connect or ‘tie in’ (see what I did there) to what more is to come in the MCU. Given that, here are some theories and thoughts of what ‘Agent Carter’ may be about and where it could lead.