After the success of Marvel’s Phase One set of films leading up to the blockbuster Avengers everything changed for the superhero genre. Marvel created a universe like had never been done before and with the announcement of their Phase Two plan to lead towards Avengers 2 showed no signs of slowing down. What fans didn’t expect at the time was the left hand turn to bring the universe to the small screen with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the series led by none other than Agent Coulson himself Clark Gregg.
The series follows the once thought dead Agent Phil Coulson puts together a small team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to handle strange new cases. Each case will test the team in cooperation and ingenuity as they try to work together figuring out newly emerging superhuman individuals in the world. When the show first starts there is a familiar nature to the universe thanks to the connection with the cinematic universe, but it starts to fade pretty quickly. After that the show struggles for a few episodes trying to find its footing, but once it does it gets really fun. They quickly realized while making the series that it needs more than just the case of the week mentality and it changed the dynamic of the show. Once they started directly crossing it over with the releases of Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: Winter Soldier it hit the ground running with some great story telling that further enhanced the Marvel cinematic universe, but also allowed it to be its own entity. The events of Winter Soldier really changed the show for the better and made it not only better, but gave it a purpose. The addition of some fun minor characters of the Marvel Universe into the series made for some great moments for the hardcore fans. They thrust in some unexpected twists that change the dynamic of the series for the better, but also opens things up for more crazy directions for it to go.
While the series obviously features its own exclusive cast besides Gregg, including Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge, but also a who’s who of the Joss Whedon universe including J. August Richards and Ron Glass to name a few and cameos from Cobie Smulders reprising her role as Maria Hill and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. It is clear that everyone, especially Gregg loves this universe and brings their A game to the series. Despite the beginning struggles the series managed to firmly put its mark on the Marvel Universe and will hopefully keep the momentum alive in future seasons.
If you missed out on the first season when it aired on TV now is your chance to catch up as ABC has announced that it will release the complete first season on Blu-ray and DVD on September 9th that will not only include all 22 episodes, but also numerous special features including deleted scenes, a gag reel, commentaries, and more. Join the ranks of Marvel’s premiere government agency and grab your copy of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the complete first season just in time to get caught up before the premiere of season 2 on September 23rd on ABC.