Monday, 21 October 2013

AGENTS OF SHIELD: A Universe of possibilities



It has been three weeks now since AGENTS  OF SHIELD graced our screen and with it has comes a barrage of rumours and teases. First there was the huge news that Phil "Son of Coul" Coulson will be a main character and is some how resurrected after being skewered by Loki. The many different theories include a Life Model Decoy, which means Coulson in AGENTS OF SHIELD will be an android. Others include a clone, that he'll be the Vision, which would be fantastic but Clark Gregg has stated that he doesn't want that role. We've been continually bombarded with cast calls as well as various teased at arcs that they may implement into the live action Marvel Universe. What is great about the AGENTS OF SHIELD series is that they can introduce characters and see how the audience likes them, then import the best into the Marvel Movie Universe.

Now I think we can all agree that Avengers was fantastic but one of the unexpected treats was Cobie Smulders aka Maria Hill, in that catsuit. She was absolutely outstanding as the femme fatale we all love to hate. If anyone knows their Marvel Universe they know how much of a bitch Maria Hill is and how she instigates a war within the Marvel Universe which fucks the status quo of the costumed heroes for a long time. If they ever implement this into the Marvel Movie Universe then they could really be on to something. This brings me nicely to my point and the subject matter of this post, with all the cast calls and the fact that Nick Fury will probably have quite a minimal role in AGENTS OF SHIELD a lot of fans hoped Maria Hill would lead the series. What we got was a wonderful cameo from Cobie Smulders who was a treat to see with the rest of the AGENTS OF SHIELD cast. Hopefully she will show up again in increasing frequency, especially since How I Met Your Mother is ending soon.

On January 26th 2013 an article was released an article that just made my day. I'll give you a quick run down of the article then drop a link to the site.
When asked about AGENTS OF SHIELD and her future in the Marvel Universe Cobie explained that her dedication to How I met your Mother did not matter and that her schedules would not conflict with the scheduling of Agents of Shield.

Cobie Smulders Interview.

This was excellent news as Maria Hills inclusion in AGENTS OF SHIELD allows for a very interesting dynamic in the series. As we saw in the Avengers, Maria Hill does not mind letting her opinion be known and is often conflicted with the use of such eccentric characters, like Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk. She is a woman in a world infested with super heroes, who hates super heroes. It'll be a great kind of subplot to see her grow increasingly paranoid about the escapades of the super humans in both the AGENTS OF SHIELD series and Marvel Movie Universe.

With Maria Hill only going to be an infrequent recurring character I decided to look at the possibilities of other guest characters from the Marvel Universe. With AGENTS OF SHIELD based around the world as a globe trotting team the sky is the limit for guest characters to how up. I was under the impression when the series began that it would be based in and around New York so my idea of guest characters was limited but now knowing that the cast can go anywhere has opened my eyes to a world of heroes and villains. Already one major villain has been born, you might not even realise it but AGENTS OF SHIELD has already created a super villain in the shape of Dr. Franklin Hall or as he may come to be known as, Graviton. A villain who is powerful enough to take on all the Avengers and still keep on kicking even when they defeat him. Then there are the heroes, already AGENTS OF SHIELD has given us a wonderful cast of original characters but there is such opportunity for Marvel heroes to be injected into the mix. Here for your pleasure is some of the most organic and interesting characters that could be introduced into Agents of Shield.

Captain Marvel


Carol Danvers is one of the most prolific super heroines of our time. She has gone from strength to strength in recent history. Since House of M she has had a massive surge in popularity. She is one of the most powerful individuals in the Marvel Universe and she has come from humble beginnings. She was once an AGENTS OF SHIELD, that's right there's your connection, until one day she is caught in an explosion, of alien origin,and then she is imbued with incredible superhuman abilities.

Likelihood Rating: 4/5

The reason this isn't 5/5 is because of a simple one, budget. With Captain Marvels wide range of superhuman abilities there may not be room in the budget for her, but that can easily be remedied with a bigger budget, which the series will probably receive down the line.


Luke Cage & Danny Rand aka Iron Fist


These two come as a package deal since they are a great team. Also they are based in New York which I imagine is going to be the casts home base. Just imagine it, Luke would bump into a bunch of the AGENTS OF SHIELD through a mix up and get into a massive fight over the little guy who Luke feels the AGENTS OF SHIELD are trampling over. Danny would be there as back up for Luke if he got in trouble. They would relate to Skye as fellow assets brought in by Coulson.

Likelihood Rating: 5/5

Luke and Danny are so fun, accessible and the budget can easily accommodate their abilities. Luke needs no visuals, except for the odd bullets bouncing off his indestructible skin. Danny is a little more difficult because his powers are more visual but not to an extreme level. Also since they are based in New York they would be great as recurring characters whenever the team need that a little bit extra muscle.



Daredevil


I know, I know. He's a big fish. He was almost an Avenger and Marvel just got the rights back . some would say he needs more time to rest, relax and recoup from his last outing. I don't believe that, I think it's time for Matt Murdock to come out of the shadows and reign supreme in New Yorks most disturbing neighbourhood, Hells Kitchen. He would be a great addition to the landscape of the series, as a kind of special guest who pops up every now and then. Kind of like Faith out of Buffy The Vampire Slayer series.

Likelihood Rating: 3/5

Just because he is a great candidate doesn't mean he will be in AGENTS OF SHIELD. Whedon and his crew may believe that the series needs to stand on its own two feet without the need of big characters, for now. I do think that AGENTS OF SHIELD would be a great spring board for Daredevil and other characters who need a little help to get into the bigger game.



Ghost Rider


Can you imagine what it would be like to see this dude tearing up the streets of New York. With the right treatment and writers behind him Ghost Rider could be a force to be reckoned with. His origin is steeped in the supernatural elements of the Marvel Universe and would allow for the AGENTS OF SHIELD series to bridge the gap between the supernatural and the scientific in the Marvel series.

Likelihood Rating: 4/5

Ghost Rider could be one of the best assets to the team and to the series and the reason I bring him up is because he is being reborn in a new series in the Marvel Universe which would be a great way to cross the comics with AGENTS OF SHIELD.

This is all just my opinion, my hopes and dreams but with Joss Whedon once again behind a team based series, and a super hero team based series like AGENTS OF SHIELD to boot, we could see a lot of the Marvel Universe spill over onto our screens. My final words are this, You won't take the Shield from me!