agents of shield almost cancelled

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had long been the red-headed stepchild of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — viewed as a dull but obligatory companion to the much more compelling snarky films and gritty Netflix series. That’s not the case anymore with Iron Fist receiving near-universal criticism, and the upcoming Inhumans racking up some of the most colorful critical slams I’ve ever seen.

And something happened in the past few seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. After treading water for nearly a season, the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier disintegrated S.H.I.E.L.D. as we knew it, kicking the series into the high-gear spy show it was always meant to be. It’s has had its ups and downs, but ironically as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. becomes more detached from the MCU, it has delivered some of its best and most compelling writing – the most impressive of which took place in the latter half of season 4, which took S.H.I.E.L.D. to a crossroads both in and out of the show. As Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did a riff on “the darkest timeline” trope, ABC was mulling dropping the axe on its struggling Marvel show. Until Disney stepped in.

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Agents of SHIELD showrunners interview

The third season finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. jumped ahead six months, with (spoiler alert) the S.H.I.E.L.D. team pursuing a runaway Daisy (Chloe Bennet) who can apparently fly. Prior to the time jump Hive (Brett Dalton) met his demise, the second time Dalton’s character has died on the show. Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) also sacrificed himself for the greater good.

Season four not only has to deal with that aftermath, but also promises to introduce Ghost Rider with Gabriel Luna as Robbie Reyes. We spoke with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen at a Marvel Television cocktail party for the Television Critics Association.  Read More »

marvel phase three agents of shield

Marvel Studios‘ massive Phase Three announcement earlier this year laid out an incredibly ambitious and huge multi-year story that will cross numerous films, through franchises new and old, all culminating in the two-part film Avengers: Infinity War. Well, on Tuesday’s Winter finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, that story quietly began. How and why? We’ll save those spoilers for after the jump.

In addition, it was confirmed the ABC show will tie-in with May’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Below, read the Marvel Phase Three Agents of SHIELD connection below. Read More »

Agents of SHIELD Coulson

Though I gave up on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D very early in season one, I hear from lots of people it gets better every single week. And this past week, it sounded like things took a potentially very significant step forward from even that. There were two specific references to upcoming and past Marvel Studios movies that may hint at what’s to come not only in Phase Two, but Phase Three. One possibly links to Guardians of the Galaxy and the other definitely suggests Inhumans. Read the Agents of SHIELD spoilers below. Read More »

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Rio 2 and Muppets Most Wanted have some sweet V-Day messages for you. Also after the jump:

  • Jed Whedon explains why there hasn’t been a Dr. Horrible sequel.
  • Kurt Russell talks Fast & Furious 7 and the Expendables series.
  • Elizabeth Banks reveals a little detail about Pitch Perfect 2.
  • Speaking of which, Brittany Snow will also be back with the Bellas.
  • What would an I Am Legend follow-up have been about?
  • Check out the new toy line for Transformers: Age of Extinction.

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Bill Paxton

The fate of the second season of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is still up in the air — will there be one? — but while the first season is still on, showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon are pulling out all the stops. They’ve already tackled the Agent Coulson mystery, ramifications of Thor: The Dark World, they’ll be dealing with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Stan Lee will be appearing soon. Now a surprising actor is joining the cast. Bill Paxton, best known for his work in Aliens, Twister and Big Love, has been cast as Agent John Garrett for a multi-episode arc. Read More »

Agent Coulson in The Avengers

Of all the questions hovering over Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., perhaps the biggest is just what Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is doing in it. Even the spoiler-y explanation we got earlier a few months back only raised more questions.

Happily, co-creator Jed Whedon assures fans they’ll get an answer — just not right away. Fans will be able to pick up hints from the first episode, but it’ll take some time for the whole truth to be revealed. Hit the jump to read his comments on Coulson and more. (Be advised spoilers for The Avengers follow from here on out.)

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I don’t think there was much doubt that the TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be ordered to series at ABC, but here’s your confirmation. The show exec produced by Joss Whedon (who also directed the pilot) will air on the Disney-owned network, and extend part of the story of The Avengers into a more everyday thriller territory on television.

That’s the first official cast photo above, and the first look at footage from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air this weekend, Sunday, May 12, at 8 p.m. before of the season finale of Once Upon a Time. Read More »

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While nothing has been said officially, TV By The Numbers and IGN are reporting that ABC has picked up the Marvel television series spin-off Agents of SHIELD for a debut this Fall.

While ABC has not made an official announcement, they briefly (likely accidentally) published a video on their youtube page, a viral teaser for the upcoming show. The video shows some captured video of The Incredible Hulk causing destruction, captured from a distance. A small logo/badge that reads “Rising Tide” appears on the lower right hand part of the screen. While ABC has removed the video, it seems to still online elsewhere (for now). Watch the video now embedded after the jump.

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Briefly: Here’s the latest on Marvel’s first big foray into television. The cast of S.H.I.E.L.D. has just been bolstered by Brett Dalton (Army Wives, Killing LincolnBlue Bloods), who will play Agent Grant, a “rising star” of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. Grant is “deadly, precise, and cool under fire — but not so great with the people skills.” Dalton will work alongside Ming-Na, who is top pilot and weapons expert Agent Melinda May; Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, and Elizabeth Henstridge as “science whiz Agent Gemma Simmons,” and Iain De Caestecker will be Agent Leo Fitz, a technology guru.

The show jumps off from elements of S.H.I.E.L.D. as seen in Marvel’s solo hero movies and The Avengers. Joss Whedon co-wrote the pilot with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, and will direct the pilot, which should be a big asset given the success of The Avengers. [TV Line]