Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. succeeded in doing one thing, showing that the Marvel Universe has more to offer aside from the Avengers. Though Coulson and Hill are the only familiar faces, the rest are introduced in a way that makes you care for them even though they don’t have powers. Whedon and Marvel pulled out all the stops to make this transition fun and as Simmons says, “a journey into mystery”. Highly entertaining and an excellent collaboration from the cast.
Starting from the very beginning it was addressed as to why we see Coulson alive after the events of Avengers. Though vague you get the idea that there is more to it which adds to plots we can look forward to down the road. As a show centered around S.H.I.E.L.D. the explanation of the organization was broken down simple enough for years of involvement in the Marvel Universe to be understood within one scene. Their motivations, enemies, hierarchy, divisions, everything was there for you to see what really happens behind the scenes. Everything is straight forward and they don’t give yo anymore than what you need to know. The world is now exposed to things they don’t understand and they are out there to save them basically from themselves. Michael is a prime example of what you should expect from this show because while he takes the name of someone from the comics, he’s someone new and what we will get from other supers is something new that fits the cinematic world.
Overall the cast is very funny, not a moment were the humor didn’t stick. While majority remain a mystery being the first episode you come to find them likable. Coulson remains that laid-back yet familiar face being the fan favorite from the start. Fitz and Simmons have a sibling like relationship, Ward is stiff, Skye is that rogue who is pretty quirky. A lot of references from them as well both from the comics and the movies that fans could easily point out. This shows proves to be very clever and stays true to what we know as fans. One thing Whedon does best is making sure that everything within the same world connects, we got that consistency throughout this whole episode and it adds to the understanding of this story which anyone could follow.
The only problem you could find is having some idea of what the deal is with Coulson. Sure Whedon teased how he is present now, it is very apparent what the case actually is for him. It’s just a matter of time waiting for them to actually get to that point where they will just address it on the spot.
Overall this was an amazing first episode. The show has a lot of potential and unlike many shows out there stemming from comics, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. proves to know who their audience is and doesn’t aim to do anything that could make them lose that following. Much is to be expected of this show in episodes to come, but remember not to expect too much from a team of agents because the focus is on them and they aren’t superheroes.