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TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S7E1 The New Deal

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S7

Coulson and the agents are thrust backward in time and stranded in 1931 New York City; with the all-new Zephyr set to time-jump at any moment, the team must hurry to find out exactly what happened.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back for its final season as the series takes on a Quantum Leap quality about it. While the show has its usual popcorn-light flair about it, the series clearly has a mission as it wraps things up.

With its debut episode, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has planted a flag for where it’s going, and that’s a retrospective in a way. Through the season, the series will explore the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. and pivotal moments throughout history. It also has a goal of tying into previous seasons and wrapping up questions and delivering answers. That’s evident from who guest stars in this season’s debut as well as what is eventually revealed. It’s a wink, nod, and a bit of a payoff for long-time viewers of the show.

While the show at times has put the emphasis on the “enemy” of the week with shoutouts to Marvel comic’s deep bench, this season’s tone shift a bit where the enemy is a generic bad guy who wants to change history and literally whose face can change. The season villain is a literal blank slate and generic emphasizing the focus elsewhere.

The episode’s not bad. It has the usual fun and flair of the show never going too deep and not taking itself too seriously. Some thought has gone into the impact of the team in 1931 and what the reaction would be to them. But, like with everything on the show it feels not deep enough. While Mack’s presence is acknowledged, as it should be, Quake’s is not. Whether the fact that actress Chloe Bennet’s father is Chinese while her mother is Caucasian, and we can debate if 1930s individuals would know she was, there’s no comments as one might expect. So, while one aspect of the racism of the time is acknowledged for another character it isn’t. It’s something that stood out to me as a viewer as it’s a plot point for one character but not another. Still, the show does bring up how a woman would be treated in these situations. So, it both nails the details and doesn’t which is interesting.

The draw of the series at this point is the enthusiasm of the actors and it continues here. You can tell so many of them are having fun and while that enthusiasm doesn’t quite become infectious it does make the show more entertaining.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing its victory lap as a show that has gone on much longer than expected. It continues to do its thing and this season feels like it’s made for those who have stuck along this entire time. While it continues to not be groundbreaking, it is still a fun hour and for those into the details of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this season might just be a must by the time it’s over.

Overall Rating: 7.0

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Joel Stoffer Comes to Baltimore Comic-Con

Joel Stoffer

Come to the 20th anniversary Baltimore Comic-Con October 18-20, 2019 at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center. The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to announce the addition of media guest Joel Stoffer from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the 2019 event. Tickets to see Joel are now on sale.

Having been a professional actor the last 25 years, Joel Stoffer has had a few opportunities to create some fun “sci-fi” characters, such as the demon Creo in Charmed; a memorable Vampire in Angel; Portus in Species III; as well as FBI agent Taylor in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

But recently, the role of an android Chronicom named Enoch has struck a chord with fans of the Marvel Universe. In season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the role started out as a mysterious, possibly sinister, silhouetted man who abducted the Agents, but returned in season 5 to reveal more altruistic intentions. Fans had grown to love his dry, serious humor up until his brave, sacrificial death in episode 10. But as all things are possible in the world of comics, they anxiously await his return in season 7 in 2020!

Super-Articulate: What Does Phase 4 Mean for Marvel Legends?

Hey, kids. The dust settled on San Diego Comic-Con a couple of weeks back, and we had quite the earthquake of Marvel Studios news. I’m going to take a bit of a look at what we know about Phase 4 and just prognosticate on what we might get.

Generally, since 2014, every time there’s a film, we get at least one assortment associated with it. Typically, we’ve been getting something on the order of one Spidey assortment per year, one Avenger assortment (more or less), and others influenced by what’s on-screen. Examples include the Cap-centric Mandroid group of 2014, GOTG waves in 2014 and 2017, Doctor Strange in 2016, and so on. With that set-up place, let’s look at what’s coming, beginning in 2020.

Phase 4 was introduced with the idea that it will include both the films AND the Disney+ series. Films slated are Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder, while the Disney+ series are The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, What If? (animated), Loki, and Hawkeye. I’m also going to note that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wraps up next year, too, while Cloak and Dagger continues on FreeForm and Ghost Rider and Helstrom join Runaways on Hulu (though it’s questionable at this point if ANY of those canonically belong to the MCU. That’s a debate for another time).

It’s interesting to note that a lot of potential figures for items above have been covered in recent years or will be soon. There’s a classic comic-style Shang-Chi coming in a Spidey wave. Cloak and Dagger hit in a Spidey wave last year. The Mighty Thor (Jane), Loki, and Valkyrie were covered in the sole Ragnarok wave, with Loki and Valkyrie getting other versions in recent Avengers product (a Wal-Mart exclusive two-pack in Loki’s case). David Harbour is playing Red Guardian in Black Widow, and the comic version of RG appeared in the 2016 Cap wave. MCU Scarlet Witch and Vision were in a TRU exclusive two-pack more than a year ago, and other versions of both have found their way into other waves. Both MCU Falcon and Winter Soldier were in a Target exclusive two-pack last year, and Hawkeye’s Ronin persona was in this year’s second Endgame assortment. That’s a lot, right?

Marvel Studios Black Widow

Again, purely speculating, it seems likely that Black Widow will bring us a couple of Natashas (yeah, we’ve had some recently, too, but she’s the lead), Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz’s Iron Maiden, and some form of Taskmaster (yeah, there have been 2 others in the last 3 years, but still). I’m going to publicly hope right now that, movie appearance or not, the BAF is Ursa Major. That would be very appropriate and very awesome.

Eternals

The Eternals, to me, is wide open. I figure we’ll get a nice round-up of the mains, like Ikarus, Thena, Ajak, Gilgamesh, and the rest. Similarly, Shang-Chi will obviously get us an MCU version of the lead and the first “real” Mandarin. It would be cool to see a classic comic Mandarin, too. Lots of room to move there.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

For Doctor Strange, well, it’s a bit harder. We have recent Wandas and Doctor Voodoo (who is rumored to appear). However, if they do introduced the rumored Clea and Nightmare, they could do them, the Doc, Wong (still not a Legend!), maybe a Damian Hellstrom (nod to the series) and get a cool assortment with an appropriate supernatural BAF. I actually think Thor: Love & Thunder has it the hardest, as ALL of the announced leads have had multiple figures in the past couple of years. That’s to say that they might not lean in hard; hell, they never did the Warriors Three, and I want a comic-style Volstagg BAF.

Agents of SHIELD

I would like to see TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. get some love before they go. Seven seasons, and no Quake? Or Agent May? Even if this turns into an exclusive boxed set repurposing Coulson and using Everett Ross parts for Fitz, etc, it would be great to see before they retire.

All right, kids, that’s just some initial speculation. What do you hope to see happen out of these various projects? Peggy as Cap? A new Kate Bishop? A new US Agent? Talk to us.

Around the Tubes

Future Foundation #1

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be up to? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekday to end and weekend to begin, here’s some geeky news from around the web.

Kotaku – Walmart Asks Employees To Remove Violent Video Game Signage – But the guns remain…

CBR – Agent Carter‘s Hayley Atwell Joins Agents of SHIELD Season 7 – Interesting…

Reviews

Talking Comics – Absolute Carnage #1
Newsarama –
DCeased #4
Newsarama –
Future Foundation #1
Newsarama –
Lois Lane #2
Newsarama –
Sinestro: Year of the Villain #1

Unboxing: Loot Crate Presents Marvel Gear + Goods “S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Loot Crate has a box for Marvel fans with the Loot Crate Presents Marvel Gear + Goods! You get official Marvel apparel, collectible goods every 2 months starting at $39.99.

This month’s box has a lot of items to help you be an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Supplies are limited order the next box now!

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is Renewed for Season 7

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return Summer 2019 ABC President Channing Dungey announced today. This is before season 6 has aired which will happen in early 2019 for a shortened 13 episode run. It’s unknown what the length of the seventh season will be. With the launch of Disney+, Disney’s digital service, it was expected the ratings challenged show would switch to that platform from Disney owned ABC.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.stars Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Jeff Ward.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, who also serve as executive producers along with Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb.

Around the Tubes

Yesterday was new comic book day! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Polygon – Captain Marvel, explained by the people who reimagined her – Who else is excited for this film!?

CBLDF – 2018 Banned Books Week Handbook Has Arrived! – Hopefully we get to a point where this isn’t a thing anymore.

CBR – Disney’s Streaming Plans Will Likely Kill Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – Or the bad ratings.

Comichron – Justice League, Batman, Venom lead reorders; first Local Comic Shop Day items appear – Not too surprising.

 

Reviews

Comic Attack – House of Whispers #1

The Beat – Passing for Human

We Got this Covered – Return of Wolverine #1

AiPT! – Star Wars: Thrawn

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