Marvel News: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Supervillain & ScarJo Reflects on ‘Avengers’

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Marvel Studios continued its box office success in theaters this year, with Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World having accumulated over $1.8 billion worldwide between them (despite an observable division in fans’ opinions of the films). Yet the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series hasn’t become an equally massive ratings success. Of course, as much as we harangue the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, it’s worth remembering back to two years ago – before Joss Whedon’s The Avengers made all these “Phase 2″ ventures possible – to realize just how much Marvel’s shared universe experiment has evolved since then.

Jeph Loeb, the Head of Marvel’s TV division, recently indicated that more Marvel comic book characters shall appear on future Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes, and today we have additional confirmation that this will happen.

The ‘special guest star’ in question is supervillain Blizzard – specially, the Donnie Gill version of the character. In the comics, Donnie is a professional thug (if also an under-achieving criminal who is prone to being manipulated) hired by Justin Hammer (played by Sam Rockwel in Iron Man 2) and given a cryogenic suit to carry our his evil deeds. For the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, Dylan Minnette (Labor Day) will tackle the Donnie Gill in the upcoming 12th episode, “Seeds.”

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Here is the official description for the “Seeds” episode:

“Coulson and May uncover startling information about Skye’s past, while the team is swept into a storm at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.”

With the MCU’s version of Hammer having been locked away since the conclusion to the second Iron Man film, we don’t anticipate Rockwell making a cameo; that doesn’t rule out the Blizzard suit being a piece of Hammer Industries’ hardware that was leaked out to the public, though. Regardless of the backstory for Gill, it sounds as though this supervillain will only have tenuous connections to the large Marvel universe at best (see: the flimsy connection between Thor: The Dark World and the Asgardian staff featured in “The Well”); though, Blizzard could at least have ties to the shared universe, and not be a standalone villain, a la the show’s version of Graviton (introduced in “The Asset”).

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The whole shared universe doesn’t come without its drawbacks, as the ongoing attempts to link Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with the Marvel Studios’ movies demonstrate. Indeed, the issue of how to fit all these disparate properties together (with regard to their content) was something that led Scarlett Johansson – who plays Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the MCU – to presume that the first Avengers movies was an ill-advised project, ahead of time.

The actress confessed as much, during a recent interview with Total Film (via CBM):

“The idea of ['The Avengers' movie] is ridiculous! When they told me that was the next step, I said, ‘Oh, no! That is a disaster! You saw Thor, you saw Captain America, you saw Iron Man - those things don’t go together!’”

Of course, what connects these Marvel movies – be it Shane Black’s subversive Iron Man 3 or the Thor sequel by way of a Star Wars prequel – is the light-hearted and optimistic tone, which shall also link together the next two installments – the political-thriller Captain America: The Winter Soldier and kooky intergalactic adventure Guardians of the Galaxy – despite their significant differences. That said: it’s easier to argue that these properties fit together, with the benefit of hindsight.

As for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Johansson admitted to Total Film that “[We the cast are] so out of the loop. I’m expecting delivery of the script any day now. When it comes you can guarantee it’ll be read in 25 minutes.” That should happen sooner than later, with the Avengers sequel due to begin filming by the first third of 2014.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns with episode 11, “The Magical Place”, on ABC on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1st, 2015.

Source: Total Film [via CBM]

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  1. It’s nice they’re still trying I guess, it’s just too little, too late at this point.

    If this small group of agents hadn’t been written as completely lacklustre, incompetent at times, devoid of personality (other than the brilliant Fitz and Simmons characters) and with horribly overestimated plots (ie thinking that each episode was better than they actually turned out to be as a finished product) then it might give people a sense of hope that things may improve but they’ve already lost a lot of people who won’t be coming back, even if they shoehorn RDJ into an episode to try and boost ratings.

    As far as what Johansson said about The Avengers, her thoughts reflect those who seem to think the Superman sequel will be terrible.

    • How is it too little too late? It’s been only 10 episodes, struggling episodes mind you, but it’s just the half way point of a brand NEW series. All of Whedon’s work take awhile too get better (buffy for example).

      But I do agree with the criticism of bland characters’ personalities. However, adding blizzard is at least a step in the right direction seeing as we haven’t had any actual ‘superheroes’ on the show.

      People ask for actual MCU characters, finally get one (Blizzard), but still complain. Wake up people, the likes of Thor, Cap, or Iron Man isn’t going to drop by any time soon because of money affairs. Get real. It’s Marvel’s AGENTS of S.H.I.E.L.D. not Marvel’s Superheroes.

  2. Because Blizzard is gonna draw in tons of viewers.

    • Maybe they are hoping casual fans get him mixed up with Mr. Freeze and somehow thinks Batman is involved creating a two episode ratings spike until they realize Batman or nobody else they recognize is going to show up.

  3. *crickets*

  4. They just need better writers. AoS needs writers with a creative mind built toward good storytelling, plot and overarching arcs. With the background focus on SHIELD as a whole. The actors are competent enough, (Fitz/Simmons will forever have a special place in my heart) but they need deeper scripts and more to work with than ‘Whedon sarcasm,’ snappy references and slick one-liners.

    • And better villains. And use the ones from the comics, for rabbit’s sake!

      • I’m hoping Blizzard won’t give a “snowjob” to the viewers, and cause them to turn a “cold shoulder” to AOS. That would be a “frigid” affair indeed! As for me, I like this show (yes, there could be some improvements…the only agent besides Coulson I really like the character of is Grant Ward). At least Marvel is (slowly) trying to find something to trigger more interest. How about adding Moon Knight in an introductory episode? Or bringing in “Force”, who started out a would-be criminal in the Iron Man comics, but Tony Stark suggested mentoring him after he did his time for super-powered villainy if he would reform in the early comics?

  5. I’m hoping the fist half of the season is more of an introduction to this side universe and now that it is more established they can start to tighten it up.

    Doubt it, but they have enough feedback to know what they need to do for the show to be successful.

  6. I honestly don’t know how or why they let this show fail. Is the target demographic 7 and 8 year olds?

  7. Lack of faith disturbing

  8. I’ll wait till I see it to judge. Each episode since the third has gotten better for me, so yeah.

  9. This show fails to tap into the wonder and awe that got most of the fans into comics and the movies in te first place. Let me guess the Blizzard dies at the end, gets out away or changes his mind about being a Crimminal? Where are the true world of heroes and villains. So tired of the villains being created during the episode or a few days before the episode starts and it all gets wrapped up in one hour. How about a villain that actually has a history.

  10. I think supervillains is exactly what this show needs to get a boost. The writing is getting better (albeit slowly) and the characters (again slowly) are getting more fleshed out. If they up their writing game and add some interesting superpowered villains for the team to fight, this show will be watchable again.

  11. Is this mom making $6100 in 4 weeks a hooker? Sounds like it. damn bots plastering these phony advertisements all over the comments

  12. It takes a formidable villain to create a great hero..
    The Dark Knight began with Joker’s bank robbery.
    Rises began with Bane attacking a plane in mid-air.
    AoS could have formed a team with: the Fire Guy, Dude From the 1st episode, The Doctor chick and the Disappearing guy. Add in the Asgard cult, they coulda fought the Agents for a few episodes.

    • This show is lacking any good villains. Even the head guy seams completely devoid of character outside of being “Mr. Bad Guy”. It would be nice to have a likable villain like The Black Archer from Arrow, a cool villain is what this show needs. Someone who could convince the heroes to question themselves.

      This show needs a BAD@$$!!

  13. Unless the stunning info from Skye’s past is that her parents implanted a bomb in her head as an infant, and it’s gonna go off in 3…..2…..1. Boom. Then I’ll be ok with it.

  14. Blizzard…Ok I couldn´t care less.

  15. may is the mother of skye … she almost said it in last episode.

  16. What does scarjo know? Not s*** about comics. Of course ironman, Thor, cap, etc go together… Their the frikkin Avengers! And yes May is sk’s mother I’m guessing…

    • i think that was her point…someone who doesn’t know about comics (maybe her aswell) would never put those characters together

  17. ScarJo is the hottest actress in hollywood and can say whatever he wants

  18. I’m definitely in the minority, I actually enjoy the show. I feel like it’s getting slowly better, except for the mid season finale. Sure I’d love to see some heroes/ villains from the Marvelverse, and I think it may eventually happen since so many people are complaining about it, which I think means the writers are actually listening to the complaints. In my opinion I think they need to get rid of Jeff Loeb, he is the one that got rid of Avengers: EMH and Spectacular Spider-Man. Who knows just how much he is involved with the writing process. That’s just my opinion though

  19. Ratings aren’t as high because Tuesday nights at 8, everyone’s watching NCIS.

  20. Anyone know if Agent Coulson is appearing in the films as well?

  21. Honestly, I think that in the finale of Agents of SHIELD, they will face the guys behind Centipede, who I anticipate will be AIM, financially backed by HYDRA, with the big guys at the top being MODOK and Baron Strucker (which will tie in to Age of Ultron, as Strucker is supposedly appearing at the beginning of the film, and this will provide some background and introduction), with possible appearances by Arnim Zola, Baron Zemo and the Grim Reaper.