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Why Mockingbird is a Great Fit for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

palickiAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hit the gates last year full of momentum from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but perhaps too high on expectations. Inside of the shared universe, it faced stiff competition to meet the same level as the blockbuster movies while still maintaining the distinctly different world of television. In a certain sense, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. resembled something like an expansion draft for a professional sports team. There was the well-known though not as gifted veteran (Coulson) and a group of mostly unknowns. The story line was nothing special, especially in the televised world where we get movie-like experiences on a weekly basis from a number of television series (think Breaking Bad) and the production value while impressive from a television series, was still not what we expected coming from the Avengers or Iron Man. There were some notable guests stars, but to go back to the expansion team analogy, this is more akin to the new team advertising for other team’s stars rather that its own. With the news that Adrianne Palicki is joining the group (on a part-time basis for now) as the relatively well-known character Mockingbird, this signifies something else. To continue with the analogy, Palicki/Mockingbird is like the first signing of a major free agent.

There are two aspects to this signing, as it relates first to Palicki and then to Mockingbird. Palicki is well enough known to fans of television, though she has never really had a breakout role. Perhaps she is better known to comic fans as being the star of the never aired Wonder Woman series, which never got past a failed pilot. While comic fans can have a tendency to be overly picky in some regards, they also tend to stay loyal to actors and actresses who willingly portray themselves in roles that others might think to be too “geeky”.  In the realms of comics, sci-fi and fantasy, otherwise unknown names like Alan Tudyk or Summer Glau elicit at least recognition and more likely fandom (in this case because of their association with Firefly/Serenity). Palicki is likely not to that level of cult status, but she is well known due to Wonder Woman as well as appearances on Smallville and in G.I. Joe.

mockWhile this might perhaps bode well for her acceptance as an actress in the series, there is also the consideration of the character Mockingbird. One might be able to argue that Phil Coulson is kind of a member of the Avengers (at least as much as Jarvis is) but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to have been lacking a bit in superhero star power.  Mockingbird is by no means an A-list member of Marvel, but what she does bring is a degree of relevance and credibility which has been lacking in the series. She is after all the first real Avenger from the comics to make it into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a semi-regular.

This could mean more for the future of the Cinematic Universe as well. While it has not really been explored as of yet, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and other television series (such as the new Agent Carter series) have the potential to act as feeders for the films. One of the criticisms of the Avengers (and granted there were only a few) is that the team was primarily a boys’ club. It likely will be mostly for the second installment of the series as well, though with the addition of the Scarlet Witch to help balance things out a bit. With the upcoming Ant-Man film, it seems likely that the Wasp will also be joining the team. Might the same fate await Mockingbird? Unlike some actors or actresses that don’t tend to stray too far from either television or film, Palicki is at least somewhat of a crossover actress, having done both television and film to some degree. With the established credibility of Mockingbird as an Avengers character as well as eliminating the need for a background story (thanks to her appearance in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), she might be a perfect fit for a third Avengers movie, taking the total of female characters to four (unless we see Carol Danvers or Jennifer Walters at some point), and it might be done through the subtle addition of the characters into the shared universe.

Doing so helps not only the films but the television shows.  At the moment Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems light years away from a film like Guardians of the Galaxy, but with a bridge between the two, it allows the films to bring the shows to their level.  It might give fans of the show some hope, as well as providing a jumping on point for the more casual fans of the movie, all by way of a B-list actress and a mostly forgotten character.

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Marvel, “A Propaganda of a Cult of Violence”

406px-VanguardWhen it comes to censorship, Russia loves their crack downs. Russia’s federal media watchdog is investigating Marvel comics as a “propaganda of violence.” Part of the issue is the comics “denigrating Soviet symbols.” Via The Moscow Times, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s media watchdog is investigating the superheroes. All of this stems from a complaint from a distributor called Rospechat who cited “violence and cruelty” in the comics.

Part of this is over Avengers #1 from August 2014, which has Soviet symbols, likely involving the character Vanguard, who is affiliated with the Winter Guard, a group of heroes based in Russia. Vanguard sports a Russian hammer and sickle on his chest.

It’s likely Marvel will receive a warning. If it receives two in a year, they’ll have their license revoked. The publisher Egmont, operating under an agreement with Marvel’s parent company Walt Disney, still intends to release the comics next month, but most likely with the Soviet symbols removed.

 

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Time Runs Out for Avengers and New Avengers This September!

This September, leap into tomorrow as the Marvel Universe fast forwards 8 months in Avengers #35 and New Avengers #24! All-Star artists Jim Cheung and Mike Deodato join writer Jonathan Hickman for two oversized issues taking readers to the battle-worn Marvel Universe of tomorrow. But how could this all happen?

The Incursions by parallel Earths from other dimensions have increased in number! To save both universes, each time one Earth must be destroyed! Up until now, the Illuminati has dealt with this problem in secret! But 8 months from now, who is left to shoulder this burden—and is the entirety of the Marvel Universe itself doomed?

In an interview with Marvel.com, Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said:

After the cataclysmic events of the Avengers Original Sin tie-in, and the revelation as to what the Illuminati has been up to all this time, we jump the storyline ahead 8 months in both Avengers #35 and New Avengers #24 – to the moment that time runs out for everybody! So in addition to setting the table for the astonishing climax of Jonathan Hickman’s run, we’ll also be providing a glimpse into the immediate future of many of our characters, and what changes await them over the next 8 months of publishing. This isn’t some maybe-future, this is the real deal, what’s awaiting the Marvel Universe in the coming year.

As these two epic issues jump forward into the future, what has become of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? With the war between the Avengers and the Illuminati at its peak, who will be left to fend off the Final Incursion? Who are the new Cabal? And…what is coming in May 2015? The clock is ticking and your questions will be answered this September!

This September…TIME RUNS OUT!

AVENGERS #35
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art & Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Coming September 2014!

NEW AVENGERS #24
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by MIKE DEODATO
Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
Coming September 2014!

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Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level 7 Variant Covers Debut In August!

Marvel has debuted of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level 7 comic book variant covers available this August. These variants will feature artwork from the exclusive, sold-out art initiative launched to support the final six episodes of the series’ inaugural season.

Featuring an award-winning roster of artists – Mike Del Mundo, Paolo Rivera, Pascal Campion, Stephanie Hans, Emma Rios and Phantom City Creative, the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. art pieces will be a great addition for both fans of the hit ABC series and comic book fans alike.

The limited-edition variant covers will be featured in the following comic books:

  •  ALL-NEW X-MEN #31 (DEL MUNDO AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. VARIANT)
  •  AVENGERS #34 (RIVERA AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. VARIANT)
  •  DEADPOOL #33 (CAMPION AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. VARIANT)
  •  NEW AVENGERS #22 (HANS AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. VARIANT)
  •  UNCANNY AVENGERS #23 (RIOS AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. VARIANT)
  •  UNCANNY X-MEN #25 (PHANTOM CITY AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. VARIANT)

ALL-NEW X-MEN #31 (JUN140692)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by STUART IMMONEN
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Variant by MIKE DEL MUNDO
On-Sale This August!

AVENGERS #34 (JUN140621)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art & Cover by LEINIL YU
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Variant by PAOLO RIVERA
On-Sale This August!

DEADPOOL #33 (JUN140618)
Written by GERRY DUGGAN & BRIAN POSEHN
Art by JOHN LUCAS
Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Variant by PASCAL CAMPION
On-Sale This August!

NEW AVENGERS #22 (JUN140629)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by KEV WALKER
Cover by DALE KEOWN
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Variant by STEPHANIE HANS
On-Sale This August!

UNCANNY AVENGERS #23 (JUN140635)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Art by SANFORD GREENE
Cover by AGUSTIN ALESSIO
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Variant by EMMA RIOS
On-Sale This August!

UNCANNY X-MEN #25 (JUN140626)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Variant by PHANTOM CITY CREATIVE
On-Sale This August!

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