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Thoughts – Agents of SHIELD, Season 3

We’ve had our eye on this show before it was on the air. We were always going to watch it; we were too much of fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of the Whedons. Of the son of Coul, first name Agent.

Season one took us pretty far down into “how much do you love all those things?” territory. Then they redeemed themselves gloriously after Captain America: Winter Soldier. Finally, it was the show it was always supposed to be, except that the title agency was somewhat kaput.

That didn’t stop them for a season two that was solid. Not stellar, but so much better than season one as a whole. They still felt a need to string us along with a mystery throughout the season, which if I recall boiled down to “Coulson is slipping information to the Avengers” and was explained away in mere moments. Not a big shocker. But it’s the things they took their time with, that they explored, that made the season. The Inhumans. Skye – now Daisy, a strong move towards redeeming a character who from the start had seemed superfluous or forced. Hydra, and a world coping with their existence. Ward, and his broken self.

Avengers: Age of Ultron did not do much to impact Agents of SHIELD, other than nailing the coffin in Hydra as we knew it. And there had been talk of a spinoff show – effectively cutting the cast in half – and that didn’t happen. Which is good, since one point so far this season is that they don’t have enough people to really have a full team… But that meant that they got to keep everyone together, and move forward with the story they have been building.

I wasn’t thrilled with the first episode – honestly, I had to go look it up to remind myself what happened. There’s a new agency out getting their hands on the new Inhumans. Doing bad things. They find a new guy, looks just like Ward, someone should really mention that. Anyway. It was nothing to write home about.

Then we watched the second episode of the season, Purpose in the Machine. And oh. My. Goodness. This is the sort of episode that is the very reason that you make this show. It had people working as a team. Science (Fiction). Comic book stuff. A returning character – from Asgard! Super powers. Heroism – and not from the people with super powers. Spy stuff. And a mystery that seemed like they might string it along for half a season (they would have, season one) that’s already been resolved, at least in part. It was harrowing.

We loved it.

I am now really excited for this season. I like where it’s going. I’m with them on let’s get Ward – they have effectively made him into a villain. I’m with them on Daisy – now looking like Quake – becoming more of a hero, more of a leader. And on her being torn – and wanting to merge – SHIELD and the Inhumans. I’m with them on the emotional and physical scars that a lot of the characters have – and that they’re working their way through them.

They’re putting the band back together.

And I’m with them on the piece that was thrown in for the comics readers, the folks who see what’s coming… Daisy and her “Secret Warriors.” This officially means I need to read my next Jonathan Hickman series, Secret Warriors. Oh, darn.

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Verdict: Agent Carter

Last week the new ABC show Agent Carter premiered, the latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It stars Hayley Atwell, who has been slowly increasing in how often she has been showing up in the movies and shows. She plays Agent Peggy Carter, first seen in Captain America: The First Avenger, a character who has been increased from her comic origins to be a total World War 2 era badass.

I wrote a post on Sourcerer about my misgivings about the show – and then initial reactions – last week. If it isn’t obvious, we were excited for this show and have been thinking about it a while. But I was worried – really worried – that it was going to not be able to pull it off. It’s doing something that no other TV show has done before, as a pre-sequel show where we know everything that eventually happens.

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Where the Heck is Barton?

I referred to this question last month, but let’s explore it further… where the heck is Clint Barton, Hawkeye? In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has completely disappeared since The Avengers, while all of the other Avengers and pretty much all of their supporting characters and villains have appeared since then.

We even have the slate of Marvel Phase 3 movies, and still no Hawkeye there, either. And he hasn’t been in Agents of SHIELD, though they have mentioned him. But if he’s one of the best SHIELD agents, and SHIELD has fallen… where the heck is he?

So I’ve been brainstorming some answers to this question, and would like to present them in meme form. So please follow along to join me in asking the question: Where the Heck is Barton?

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Marvel Phase 3 – They’ve Given Us Too Much to Talk About

Okay, when Marvel leaked their Age of Ultron trailer last week, I was excited. And we were starting to get some rumors on the next movie in the works, Captain America 3. It’s going to have Iron Man! It might be Civil War! With those little tidbits, I figured that would be it for a while. After all, we’re seven months out from the next Marvel movie, and we just got the first trailer for it…

Then last week, DC announced all of their movies between now and 2020. I haven’t even had a chance to talk about these – so check out the post about them on We Minored in Film to cover that! The announcements are both exciting and expected, as they are movies for the members of the Justice League. The Marvel equivalent would be announcing Hawkeye, Hulk, and Black Widow movies to go with the existing titles.

And I feel that there’s an element of DC forcing this play, but maybe it was always planned. Marvel announced all of Phase 3, all in one go! With release dates, subtitles, and everything! I should add, though, that it seems their plan was to announce all of these movies – and then show the trailer for Age of Ultron that evening. By which point, there would have been way too much for one day.

Alright, so to try to keep this halfway manageable, there’s a great article on The Mary Sue about the movie announcements already. So I’m going to add a bit of my own speculation and excitement about the movies!

Update: Also, check out some thoughts from We Minored in Film: the good and the bad.

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Hydra, at it again – have an Avengers Trailer!

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That’s what Marvel had to say about the leak of their first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was supposed to air next week, during Agents of SHIELD.

I’m not sure I get that plan, either, since most people watching Agents of SHIELD are going to go see an Avengers movie. Let’s just safely make that assumption. In reverse, if your goal is to get people watching the show to see the trailer… wait, people still watch television live?

Anyway, once the proverbial cat was out of the bag, Marvel gave up their original plan, and released the HD version of the trailer online themselves. Blame Hydra, but in this case they seem to have done something good… we’ve got the trailer and a few of our thoughts after the jump!

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