Agents of Shield is back and this time with a vengeance. And when I say vengeance I mean they have added the biggest marvel hero they ever had on the show with the addition of Ghost Rider. But this is not the well known Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider that fans may know from the movies and comics but this is the newest person to don the skull in the comics Robbie Reyes. Let me start off by saying that this was a great choice. Bringing Robbie Reyes instead of Johnny Blaze because it gives the audience a character they recognize but in a different way. Gone is the fiery motorcycle but in its place is 1969 Charger. It’s a cool look that definitely gives this Rider his own feel and look. Speaking of look the CG for the character is excellent! On par if not better than it’s movie counterpart.
But in the end of day the show is called “Agents of Shield “and not “Ghost Rider” ( one could hope though). So how did the Shield side of things hold up. For the most part quite well. The main problem with the show is since its first season it’s has been an uphill battle. Fans came in expecting a show were Capt or Iron-man would pop in every season but when that didn’t happen it left many disappointed. This left the show in a constant uphill battle to be taken seriously. With each season improving on the last this could be the show’s best. What the show has done well for the past seasons is make you care about its cast. In a show that at first seemed like it was build around Coulson now feels like a ensemble cast.
It was very interesting to see were each of the characters are at this season. Coulson, no longer the director of Shield is now partnered with Mack working as an agent again. The dynamic between the two is great as the they search for Daisy (without the new director’s permission) who is now a fugitive/vigilante. Jemma is now second in command for the new director (who no one has seen) while May is team leader/trainer. It was good to see that Fitz and Simmons in a better place than they were last season. Even if it maybe short lived due to the current situation (more on that in a minute) Each one with their own subplot that so far is being woven in well. Fitz story seems the most interesting with the Life Model Decoy. I am very curious what is gonna happen with this story and how Simmons will react to Fitz keeping this big secret from her even if it’s justified.
Even with everything that went on in the episode ( I didn’t mention half of what happened) it never felt overwhelming. The episode keep a good pace even with the few small wonky moments it never lost it’s focus. Another small gripe that I had with the episode is that it felt like that just added in the Civil War reference just to add it in. It didn’t feel like it brought anything to the episode. Overall I am very pleased with how the episode turned out. Hopefully this is the start of us getting the Agents of Shield show we always wanted.
Score 8.5 out of 10
The world of Marvel is doing multicultural superheroes the right way.
Growing up in the 80s there was not many black actors to watch on television. As a kid I watched shows like A Team and Miami Vice and thought that BA Baracus ( Mr T) and Tubbs ( Philip Michael Thomas) were the coolest. I read comics at the time but as I loved the stories (Ghost Rider and Captain America were my favorite) there was no real characters at the time that I felt were like me. In fact, I wasn’t aware that there was multicultural superheroes until my cousin introduced me to Milestone Comics created by the great Dwayne McDuffie. Characters like ICON, Static and Rocket entertained me for hours at a time as I tried to get every issue I could from the comic line.
Unfortunately characters like these were few and far between. Where I lived in Miami there wasn’t any comic books shops a kid could go to. The only way I was able to get comics was either from my local drug store or from a Flea Market that came to Miami Beach twice a year that had comic book vendors. Usually these vendors had your usual Spider-man, X-men, etc. but what I would never see is a Black Panther, Luke Cage or any type of books like that.
Growing up I never thought anything of it. I never really got a grasp of how important it was to me until I saw Blade. At the time Wesley Snipes was one of the biggest actors in Hollywood at the time starring in a comic book movie. This was during the time when making a comic book movie was a huge risk to the huge failure of Batman and Robin. Nonetheless Blade for the time was an excellent comic book movie that showed me that if you make a good movie no matter the culture of the main character people will enjoy it.
Fast forward to today, I never thought I would see characters like the Falcon, War Machine and Black Panther on a movie screen. It amazes me how much thought and effort is given into not only bringing these characters to life but making them a part of pop culture today. This trend continues on marvel’s tv shows as well. One of the best examples of this is Marvel’s “Agents of Shield “. While Clark Gregg is the star of the series the show’s diversity is the standout. This is none the more evident than with Ming-Na Wen. The constant role on the show is not only as the show’s resident badass but someone who stands side by side with Coulson as an equal.
Diversity has also bleed into the comics as well as Marvel launched there All-New, All-Different lineup. This lineup preaches diversity without shoving down your throat.Kamala Khan,a Pakistani American with shape shifting abilities is the new Ms Marvel. Miles Morales, a half Hispanic, half Black a thirteen year old boy who took up the reigns of Spiderman after his world’s Spiderman was killed. Amadeus Cho, an Asian American who due to a freak accident became his own version of the Hulk. All of these characters were created and don’t take away from the originals. You like “Peter Parker”? There still is a comic for you. Now when I take my kids to a comic shop it’s a great feeling watching my son quickly find son a Miles Morales Spider-Man comic and my daughter ask for a Spider-Gwen and its in stock. For that I owe Marvel a thanks.
(Warning, Spoilers for Civil comics will follow)With Captain America Civil War less than a year away, one of the burning questions that’s everyone’s mind is will Steve Rogers die? Anyone who read the comic series Marvel Civil War knows that it ends with the untimely death of Captain America. His death was a huge event in comics that sent shockwaves the the Marvel Universe. It seems that the MCU may be following suit with the Civil War movie. If this does happen who would be the likely person to take up the mantle of Captain America.
The first option is none other than Cap’s childhood friend Buckey Barnes AKA Winter Soldier. There are so many questions about the Barnes going into the movie. How will his and Capt’s relationship be? Will he able to cope with his past? What’s interesting about Buckey’s story is that it is a story of redemption. Maybe becoming the new Captain America will be a way that he can atone for pass sins.it will also be interesting to see how the others in the Avengers team will accept him or even if it would be the same team. In the comics after Cap’s death the Winter Solider took up the mantle of Captain America until Rogers return.
The second option is none other than the comics current Captain America Sam Wilson aka Falcon. This could be an excellent choice to take up the mantle. What Winter Solder and Age of Ultron did very well was establish the friendship of Rogers and Wilson. Wilson comes off as not as Capt’s sidekick but his peer who will go the ends of the world for Capt. Brothers in arms and the only person that Capt can truly trust. Capt’s death would not hit anyone more harder than Sam. It would be easy to see a scene with Tony Starks giving Sam Capt’s shield and telling him that’s what Steve would want. Wilson donning the mask to honor his falling comrade.
Option 3 none other than Steve Rogers himself. What if instead of Captain America dying he fakes his death and goes into hiding. This would be interesting because it could be a big coverup were only 2 or 3 people know the truth. This maybe the best option because you could bring him back in Infinity War to everyone’s surprise. It is should also be noted that Chris Evans is incredible as Capt and it would be hard to replace the energy he brings to the movies. It is also to be noted that with the exception of Downey Jr Evans may be the most popular Marvel Universe. It would be in Marvel’s best interest to keep Evans happy and making Capt movies.