Kudos to Joss Whedon. His “The Avengers” made upward of $1 billion at the box office last summer and his next movie, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” is slated to hit theaters in May 2015. Until then, however, Whedon and Marvel have teamed up to create “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” a new television series that follows the missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division.
Whedon directed and helped write the pilot, which premiered last week on ABC and garnered approximately 12.2 million viewers. Taking place where “The Avengers” left off, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” follows the governmental organization as it copes with a world in which superheroes have been made known to the public.
Despite the references to “a man in a metal suit” and a “green monster,” don’t expect to see the Hulk make a cameo or Iron Man to fly by. They are busy with their own battles, and not everyone with a superpower is famous. Rather, the series premiere focuses on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s search for the “hooded hero” – a common man who gets on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s radar by using his powers to save a woman from a burning building.
The resurrection of Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), whose (apparent) death fans will remember from “The Avengers,” smooths the transition Marvel has made from movies to television. This time, however, Agent Coulson is the man in charge, meaning he gets more screen time than he did as a minor character in past Marvel films.
The first 15 minutes are anything but dull as Agent Coulson is ordered to put a team together to track down the potentially dangerous “hooded hero.” Sounds similar to “The Avengers” already. Yet the team Coulson assembles (a black ops specialist, an ace pilot and a couple of quirky scientists) possesses no superpowers whatsoever. But that does not mean there is any less action.
A combination of fist fights, explosions, witty humor and a peculiar car named Lola makes for a great first episode. A few surprises near the end enliven what would otherwise be a predictable plot, so watch the entire episode even if you get bored during the middle. It’s all right if you are not a Marvel fan or have not seen “The Avengers.” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is its own entity, and it is not necessary to have seen any other Marvel films to follow what’s going on.
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is the perfect treatment to satisfy fans who cannot wait for the next “Avengers” film. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so far, adapts perfectly to the small screen and leaves viewers yearning to see what’s next. Find out for yourself at 8 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC.
Kyle Sims is a senior at Amherst High School.