Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot review (No Spoilers)

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This year at San Diego Comic-Con and D23 Expo, audiences were treated to a sneak peak of the pilot for the upcoming Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC hasn’t revealed much on the series, but one thing is evident…COULSON IS BACK! Now this is an obvious spoiler, but anyone that’s seen the teaser or commercial for the new series knows about it. And if you don’t know who Agent Coulson is, stop reading right now and go watch all of the Marvel movies from Iron Man going forward. Sure he’s not in all of them, but they’re just great to watch anyway.

Getting back to the series, it takes place just after the events of The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns (which seems like it will be a back story touched upon and pieced together throughout the season on what really happened) and is putting together a team of agents to not only help track a new superhuman, but also future threats as well.

Also returning is Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), but there is no indication that she will have a prominent role or not. The team that gets thrown together consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) – black ops field agent, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) – pilot and weapons expert, Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) – biochemist/scientist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) – tech and weapons specialist, and finally Agent Skye (Chloe Bennet), computer hacker extraordinaire.

The first thing you’ll notice in the show besides the great pacing is that all the characters interact well and keep you interested. With that, it definitely builds the anticipation for future episodes on what antics they get into. And the balance between comedy and seriousness was well-balanced and nothing seemed like it was too much. There was “just enough” of everything. Another thing I loved was that there was no shortage of references to other Marvel franchises that included Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America and The Hulk. There are tons of Easter eggs scattered around as well for more hardcore fans.

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Even with those references, the show didn’t feel like it was only catered to the hardcore. I believe it can definitely appeal to a broad audience, as well as satisfying Marvel fans alike. I think this is in part to not only Joss Whedon producing, but also with him writing (along with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tanchoeren) and directing the pilot as well. I doubt he will be directing and writing the remainder of the series, but I definitely have hope that everything will continue to be just as on par as the pilot was.

I truly am looking forward to the entire series and am confident that it will do well. I hope that in future episodes we might get to see cameo spots from current heroes like Captain America, Iron Man or even Nick Fury. Maybe a swing-by from our favorite neighborhood Spidey? Ok, that’s a bit of a stretch, but you never know. I’m also interested to see if they’ll introduce or run into lesser known Marvel characters such as Wonder Man or Squirrel Girl.

Either way, whether you’re a Marvel fan or just looking for a new TV series to check out, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. should definitely be at the top of your list.

Grade: A+

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will premiere on Tuesday, September 24 at 8pm on ABC.

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