Does the ‘Captain America 2′ Trailer Prove ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Has Failed?

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 13th, 2013 at 4:15 pm,

James Spader Talks Age of Ultron Does the Captain America 2 Trailer Prove Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Has Failed?

With Marvel already working on a film schedule that reaches far into the future, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. viewed as a sister-cousin to these tales, audiences are likely going to have a difficult time transitioning from the shock and awe that comes from the films to a television show that may or may not be struggling to find its way for that particular season.

Let’s jump ahead to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2015. The Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres shortly before the season 2 finale airs, but all mentions of what occurred in the film are compacted into a quick, insider mention so as to not turn off those who have not seen it yet. Now entering its third season, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would not only have to combat all the normal television tropes of an aging series (keeping the story fresh, characters interesting and evolving, etc.), it would also have to incorporate the developments of the film universe in order to stay relevant.

On top of that, Batman vs. Superman will have already hit theaters (pulling attention toward two of the biggest superheroes in existence), and DC’s response to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Gotham – which will NOT carry the burden of being connected to DC’s Cinematic Universe – will (likely) be on the air as well. If Ben Affleck’s Batman rekindles interest in that character and his world, and Gotham‘s comic book police procedural format is a hit, what would Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be then but a clear example of a good idea poorly executed?

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Now, after taking a looking at where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is and where it will be required to go in the future, it’s almost impossible to envision that the series will reach big heights without some heavy-handed help from ABC and Disney. And if it could – even with the help – is it worth it? Are the tales being told worth the time and money that’s being invested, from both the viewer and studio? So far, that answer is “no.”

Will that change? Only time will tell – but Coulson might be better off preparing for a retirement with his favorite cellist.


SEE ALSO: Winter Soldier Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Story Connection


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday @8pm on ABC

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier premieres April 4, 2014

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  1. I enjoy the show. It’s far from excellent though, and I doubt too many tears would be shed if it were canceled. The Coulson resurrection would just be explained in one of the movies, and possibly with better execution.

  2. Here’s stating something obvious but perhaps not a view shared by all.

    Coulson is a bland character. There just doesn’t seem to be enough personality on him. The only reason why he has so many fans is because of his recurring appearance in the MCU – quite like Fury who is a more interesting character.

    It still jars me that the death of Coulson in The Avengers was a more uniting factor than the destruction of New York for The Avengers.

    I’m not sure why Marvel have hung their hats (and an entire TV show) on this character.

    • Coulson to me was a straight man and used for exposition in the movies and is like a side dish. When not interacting with more interesting and known characters and slight better to much better actors the characters works well, but carrying weaker characters might be too much to ask.

    • They United after Coulsons death and not the destruction of New York because it hadn’t happened yet. Coulson got stabbed by the Loki Pokey stick, then they united, then the Chitauri attacked and THEN New York was destroyed, or atleast messed up. How could they unite over something that hadn’t happened yet!! Plus Coulson was quite close with Stark, and as he is a big part of the Avengers it pulled them together….

  3. I enjoy the show and it seems lke every article Iread on here is actually counting on it to fail rather than hoping for the best

    • No one wants to hope for the best’ for a turd of a show like this

  4. hopefully during this hiatus they are re-filming/re-shooting to make things more upbeat with more suspense. I do think they do the humor well but not enough introduction of new characters.

  5. Marvel Studios could have produced a S.H.I.E.L.D film trilogy; but for whatever reason, took a sizable risk and choose to produce Guardians of the Galaxy and Inhumans instead.

    As this article states – S.H.I.E.L.D is a big budget high end property. In its infancy, Marvel television swung for the fences and made the unwise decision to capitalize on Marvel Studios decision to pass on the S.H.I.E.L.D franchise by producing a low budget S.H.I.E.L.D ‘knock off’ and possibly an Agent Carter series.

    Marvel Television should have gone the super natural route (as FOX did with Sleepy Hollow) targeted young adults first, then moved into the young female demographic and finally the pre-teen audience.

    For example, start off with a Ted Sallis / Project Sulfur origins story first, it has super soldier serum, shady government shenanigans, spies, and A.I.M harassment – and can be produced weekly on a micro / nano budget.

    Then with the Jennifer Kale tie-in produce a Witches spin-off were Werewolf by night has a recurring role and finally a Howard the Duck spin-off giving Marvel television a foundation for (A)Marvel Zombies and (B)Legion of Monsters franchises.

  6. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. sucks. This isn’t the show I thought we were getting.

    Disney, please kill it ASAP and give us the show we deserve.

    The concept was great, the execution? It looks like a fan made YouTube show.

  7. I agree with this article…and Bobby Boston’s post.

    There are four other Marvel tv shows in various stages of development. Scrap this and do something else.

  8. The show just isn’t what fans wanted to see. People are upset because of what it could be or should be, and that is, much better than what it is.
    There’s no way they can’t do better with the endless amount characters that Marvel has at it’s disposal. With great shows like Arrow, Grimm, and Tomorrow People that’s worth my time, Agents of SHIELD just isn’t making the cut. I think that’s due to the expecations fans had of it.

    • I don’t mind the show using mainly original characters. But yes, Marvel fans had very high expectations of it. But with a trailer like what they released, there was no reason not to.

  9. I totally agree with this article, Coulson is a boring character and should not be a star of a high budget T.V show. What i thought this show was going to do, was set up future avenger movies or build the stepping stones to an Ultimate Alliance movie? If they introduced super heros in episodes that joined them on thier misson then we would have a hit show. For example thier is no reason in the 2nd episode why they couldn’t of introduced the Black Panther? Watch the first scene, they go to an ancient pyramid and find a magic artifact that has a paw on it?

    This show needs touse the current cast as an asset to find superhero’s and add them to the crew. Other wise this show has no purpose and will fade away

  10. Agents of SHIELD: Not terrible, vast room for improvement.

    On another note: Don Cheadle has been confirmed for Avengers 2. My bet is that they’re bringing him on to be killed by Ultron, to make him a more believable threat…


  11. Umm…Coulson parks his car on the Bus so he can bring it with him for when it’s needed, it has nothing to do with the “parking” situation at SHIELD.


    • I love the show personally, I do feel that they have put in all the effort needed, and I would not imagine the show any different than it is. I think ABC surpassed expectations and all!

  12. I’ll bet whoever wrote this post is eating thier words now.

  13. I’ll bet whoever wrote this post is eating their words now. Also, typos are fun.