‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ was created as what seemed to be the perfect form of synergy. Parent company Disney conceived ‘Agents’ as a TV adjunct to their blockbuster Marvel film franchise, to air on the Disney-owned ABC network and star Clark Gregg, the charming Agent Phil Coulson who was a part of the movie universe starting with the very first Marvel movie, ‘Iron Man’ up to the record-breaking ‘Avengers’.
That… hasn’t really worked out. And ‘Agents’ star Chloe Bennet for one is quite frustrated with the lack of acknowledgement the TV series has gotten from the films (which is NONE).
She recently spoke out at Wizard World Des Moines, saying:
“I don’t know. People who make movies for Marvel, why don’t you acknowledge what happens on our show? Why don’t you guys go ask them that? Cause they don’t seem to care! The Marvel Cinematic Universe loves to pretend that everything is connected, but then they don’t acknowledge our show at all. So, I would love to do that, but they don’t seem too keen on that idea.”
Bennet portrays Daisy Johnson a.k.a. Quake (the artist formerly known as Skye) on the show, which is now in its third season, with a fourth already confirmed by ABC. But unfortunately, the likelihood of the film universe incorporating the characters on ‘Agents’ is nil.
‘Agents’ has never been either a critical or ratings smash. The show has floated on the bubble of cancellation since it began, largely due to its inflated sci-fi budget which makes it costlier to produce than the average run-of-the-mill hour drama. And it has never captured the interest of the millions that flock to Marvel’s movies, despite efforts to bolster the films, playing off of events in the last two ‘Captain America’ movies and building up the Inhumans, a group of characters that were, at one point, supposed to get a film.
It doesn’t help that the films are produced by Marvel Studios, while the TV shows, including those on Netflix, are produced by separate entity Marvel Entertainment. (Both are owned by Disney.) The head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige has recently flatly stated that the characters from the shows won’t be in the upcoming movies.
ABC has officially cancelled its second Marvel show, ‘Agent Carter’ and passed on the pilot for ‘Agents’ spin-off ‘Marvel’s Most Wanted’. But maybe that will work out to ‘Agents” advantage. Without these other shows, perhaps the network will devote more attention to ‘Agents’ with or without input from Marvel Studios.
Are you still watching and enjoying ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’? Are you upset that there won’t be any real connection to the movies?