Okay, now that that’s out of my system, let’s get on with this. Marvel’s much anticipated Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered on Tuesday night, bringing Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU) to the small screen for the first time. Yes, I’m aware that there have been shows based on Marvel properties before, but in this case, I’m referring specifically to the interconnected movie universe that Marvel has been crafting for the last several years.
I will keep this review as spoiler-free as possible (the Coulson thing doesn’t count. He’s been all over the advertising for this show, so it shouldn’t shock anyone).
I have to say that I really, really enjoyed the premier episode. It has the Whedon crackle in the dialogue and the characters are both interesting and quirky, though not so quirky as to be distracting for me. We do get a cameo from a the Marvel’s Avengers cast at the start, and Coulson’s trademark dry sense of humor is back in full force.
I’m tempted to do blog posts for each episode for the clues/references to the MCU as well as the Whedon Family Appearance count.
- J. August Richards (Gunn from Angel) who is awesomely going to be at Emerald City ComiCon in March.
- Ron Glass. That’s right. Shepherd Book from Firefly pops up briefly.
Clues/References could be considered spoilers, so read at your own risk (your mileage may vary).
- Extremis technology, last seen in Iron Man 3
- Project Pegasus, last seen in Marvel’s Avengers (that’s where they were messing around with the Tessaract)
- Chitauri Technology, last seen in Marvel’s Avengers
- Thor’s arms… Hmm? Oh, sorry. Last seen in Marvel’s Avengers
- Apparently, there have been groupies cosplaying around Stark Tower
- Passing callouts: Romanov (Natasha, Black Widow), the Asgardian Mussolini (Loki).
- Maria Hill cameo for the win!
Other cool stuff:
- Readers of Garth’s Children of Divinity series may have had a WHAT THE HECK?! moment. While investigating a scene, the techs (collectively known as FitzSimmons) bring into play floating drones that they use to map the area so they can recreate it back in the lab. They look quite a lot like the drones that FX uses in book 2 of the series, Evolve.
If anyone from the production sees this post and wants another writer who has awesome ideas, I happen to know a guy. *winkwink, nudgenudge*
Overall, I really loved this show. It was a lot of fun and is totally suitable for parents to watch with kids so far. It’s nice to see superheroes back on the small screen and since I absolutely love Coulson, getting more of him is definitely a good thing, in my opinion.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on ABC, Tuesdays at 8 pm.