Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Getting 2 New Agents

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The ninth episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, titled “Repairs” (read our review) wraps up with a light-weight scene that illustrates how the main characters have each found their place as members of a family unit; and, in turn, how the series’ co-creators Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon – who are managing things since Jed’s brother Joss is busy preparing to shoot The Avengers: Age of Ultron – have started to get a hold on how to create a proper dynamic amongst heroes without super-powers (in a world where giant green men, super-soldiers and ‘gods’ exist).

According to TVLine, the upcoming 14th episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will introduce two additional recurring characters into the mix, described as “an African-American agent who specializes in combat/weapons, and a high-level S.H.I.E.L.D. agent/munitions expert who has past ties to both Coulson and Ward.

One of the stronger (and earliest) episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., titled “Eye Spy”, features a character (Pascale Armand) who knew Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) before his (ahem) memorable encounter with Loki, which resulted to a brief, yet telling exchange between she and Agent May (Ming-Na Wen); something that paid off in later episodes, as the show’s writing staff began paying closer attention to the relationship between May and Coulson (and their history together).

In other words, introducing yet another agent who knows a thing or two about the old Coulson doesn’t sound like a bad idea, especially if it sows equally rich benefits down the line.

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Moreover, if nothing else the peek we got into Agent Ward’s (Brett Dalton) memory – from the Thor: The Dark World tie-in episode, “The Well” – suggested that we could use more insight into his backstory (and, in turn, what molded him into the man he is today) than just vague details about his tumultuous childhood at the hands of his abusive brother. This new character might prove to be a clean solution to that problem.

As for the new “African-American agent who specializes in combat/weapons”: we’ve been saying since the pilot episode that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. needs to diversify a little, so this could be a means to accomplish that end. Mind you, we’re not talking strictly in terms of race – though it will be nice to see a recurring black character after memorable appearances by Pascale Armand and Whedon-verse veteran J. August Richards (who returns in episode 10, “The Bridge”) – but largely in terms of personality, in order to get this series fully working as the “Firefly 2.0” TV show that it clearly wants to be.

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Mind you, there’s no guarantee that these new agent character additions won’t prove to be cookie-cutter archetypes; or, in the case of the individual with ties to Coulson and Ward, a convenient excuse to keep stringing viewers along with breadcrumbs that lead to Coulson’s deep dark secret being revealed at last.

However, sometimes what a show needs to really hit its proper stride is to incorporate fresh blood into the ensemble, which can greatly benefit the core character dynamic as a whole. (For example: NBC’s comedy series Parks and Recreation arguably improved by leaps and bounds as a whole, once Adam Scott and Rob Lowe has been added to the cast.)

Besides, part of the idea behind Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is to provide a more intimate examination of the inner-workings of the eponymous organization than is feasible in a Marvel Cinematic Universe release like, say, the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier; and thus, offer fans the proper background they want, leading up to the developments in that “Phase 2″ movie. In order to do that, the show will have to continue expanding its gaze to the other people who’re employed by S.H.I.E.LD. – and who have not been flying around on Coulson’s high-tech plane (before now).


Agents of Shield returns on Tuesday, December 10th with “The Bridge” @8pm on ABC.

Source: TVLine

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  1. Well, at least they are adding some diversity (though not the kind of diversity I was hoping for) I haven’t seen the past several episodes. Let me know if it improves!

  2. I enjoy the show but feel it could use a couple older, more mature and professional, team members, like Coulson himsef, so hopefully, that is what they have in mind.

    • Yeah, all these name drops to force a connection to the cinematic universe kinda feel like detective Columbo mentioning his wife, or Higgins referencing Robin Masters on Magnum, doesn’t it? Sure, they keep mentioning them, but we don’t see any real evidence that these characters really exist in the world of the show. At this point it’s almost if I only dreamed the appearances of Maria Hill and Nick Fury. It’s about time that one of the big shots makes an appearance on the show. Captain America would be the obvious choice.

      • Having mark ruffalo show up every once in a while could be cool. That way we could see what he’s up to between the avengers movies besides listening to Starks problems.

  3. As long as they are pros and not green, stuttering nerve bundles I’m all for it.

    • You mean believable agents? Yeah I’m with you on that one.

    • its not even Diet Shield it’s friggin Scooby and Shaggy in the Myster Machine (thats what i thought of when i saw Skye’s van)

      • thats kind of funny

    • exactly. for a supposedly elite unit they are awfully erm crap

  4. In the last promo they showed Michael Peterson, the focus of the pilot episode infected with extremis was joining their team. I not sure of the other one.

  5. They gotta drop the younger adults from the show, they can be pretty annoying & I really don’t care for them. Also, there needs to be a main storyline, every show feels like a filler episode. I also wish they would add lower level super heroes or villains! When I first saw the trailers I was hoping for a Smallville meets X-Files kinda show. In my opinion Arrow is a much better show to watch.

  6. adding those two will not improve this series because no one cares about them. now only if they bring back maria hill for more episodes that would be an improvement. that or dr selvig or betty ross and maybe agent carter.

    but please don’t turn August Richards into some kind of Luke Cage cause i won’t buy it!

  7. Hollywood’s idea of Diversity = add black character.

    • The fact that this has done so many times codifies your statement. Thanks for the laugh haha

  8. The show is picking up speed and is really great. Now this is really good news.

  9. they should have looked to Breaking Bad as a template. An ensemble cast with one long story line told week to week. This villain of the week stuff is boring as hell.

  10. in what way is adding a black character diversifying anything? are you saying black people are so inherently different that just their mere presence will be enough to make the show interesting? I like (sarcastically) that they explain first that one of the new characters is african american, as if that’s the most important thing about them. I’m black and i hate when they add a black person so tailor made to be “the black guy” on any ensemble. Like the show, but something needs to happen with the sometimes boring characters they already have as opposed to throwing new characters into the mix, especially something so ham fisted as “lets throw in a black guy, that’ll be wacky!”

    • Exactly what I think. When people say that “We need more diversity,” they’re just perpetuating the myth that there are differences between us. Skin color is no different than hair color or eye color. Would someone say that we need more redheads on the show because they’re not represented enough? No, that would be plain silly.

      • Hollywood is a part of the United States, and most Americans are not aware of the fact that nails and hair are epidermis.

        However, Blue and Green eyes are the result of both lower levels of melanin; but also Tyndall scattering of light in the stroma. A phenomenon akin to what causes the sky to appear blue. The absence of melanin in the eye results in the retina appearing redddish.

        Neither Blue or Green pigments are in human irises.

    • Well a few years ago I noticed that almost every other show had a character of South Asian descent as part of the cast, so it shows that Hollywood is self conscious about looking “diverse”. The thing is that if they just add a character of a different ethnic background and write the same old, dry stereotypical parts for them it really does not matter much.

      In the case of this show unless the characters are more compelling then the ones they already have it will just bloat the cast more, and cause the screen time to be split by more equally weak characters. They need to make more interesting characters, not just throw more personalities in the mix and hope it livens things up. Quality or quantity….

    • It’s called widening the demographic.

  11. I agree… I wish they would add lesser known marvel characters. Arrow will have a guest star play a lesser known character and get killed off after 1 episode. They seem to be more willing to stick to and utilize their souce. Marvel has a ton of characters… cant they use a few? I really want to like this show… I am a bigger marvel fan then DC but… Arrow is a better show hands down. How can marvel set the trend in movies but fail at setting the trend on TV?

    • Because unlike on Arrow, they don’t want to waste established characters on a one-shot appearance that bears little to no resemblance to the source material? Just my two cents.

  12. I dont think more agents is a need.

  13. “though it will be nice to see a recurring black character”

    You know what I think is nice? Recurring QUALITY characters. I don’t give a crap what color their skin is.

  14. should have been this way from the jump. then as time evolved, advance and deepen the characters.

    • Makes me think of Person of Interest. Good solid sci-fi show with great writing. I think getting rid of the three kids might be the way to go. It might be too late for that. Although I have watched the Arrow and I don’t think the actors are very good.

  15. Anyone else think the reason they are bringing in two new agents is so we familiarise ourselves with them before one of the current agents is killed off either before or during the finale?

  16. this show could add Denzel Washington as a recurring character & it would still suck.

    i’ve never been more excited about the creative prospects of a show & been so miserably disappointed. Clark Gregg’s best efforts aside, SHIELD has absolutely nothing going for it. after the sophomoric hokum of the inter-dimensional wrench-wielding bad guy episode, i’ve officially given up.

    i’m hopeful for the NetFlix/Marvel slate of shows. the broadcast television format seems to have actually stifled the creativity that might’ve gone into SHIELD.

  17. I hope Pascale Armand gets the role. She was pretty BA in her other episode.

  18. Yes, because the quantity of characters with the show’s issue and not that it’s a giant plane with two useless engines in the back filled with people that I couldn’t give a crap about no matter how much I watched. Except Coulson, he seems pretty cool, but the fact that that wasn’t explained (only got up to episode 5, so don’t know if they’re still doing the “oh, you didn’t tell him?” bs) means that their only semi-interesting storyline is not only the longest running cliffhanger, but also one of their biggest plot holes.

  19. I am giving it a couple more episodes but I am more then ready to drop the show. I thought it started off great with the premier and then just went down hill.

  20. How is there no diversity? Three of the main cast are Women. 2 of them are asians. These women are REALLY strong and integral characters. Not window dressing. Are 2 asian main characters not considered diverse where a show is concerned? How many other TV shows can say they have that going for them.

    • Everyone has a different definition of “diverity” these days. If they themselves aren’t represented in some way, they take offense to it, and on occasion, throw the bomb of “racism”.

      • I am black and an avid comic fan. I stopped watching halfway into the 2nd ep, once I realized the 7 dwarves reference wasn’t a throwaway joke in the pilot but going to be shoved down my throat… but I almost didn’t finish the pilot, as I did in fact think it was racist.

        Let me explain.

        If you don’t want to cast black characters, fine. Whatever. Your show. But…

        When you cast the only black charachter as the “bad guy” who needs his kid taken away from him to protect the kid, then do a musical backdrop of the white characters giving each other thumbs ups cause they shot the black guy in the head, I’m out.

        Thats all.

  21. Jeff, I take your comment as racist and ignorant. To Texican’s comment, I think the show is diversified enough. The show is dry enough. The whole villain of the week is kind of weak in my opinion. Though it may work for some shows, not this one. Breaking Bad, now that’s a series that this show needs to take notes from. Every week ties into a plot; building suspense, establishing a storyline.

    • Who gives a crap about a new black character, an asian character, a woman, a guy, an alien, a toaster. What matters is quality. Cast the best actor(s) available and give him/her something to work with. The problem with the show isn’t diversity, it’s s***** writing, annoying characters, and bad story lines.

  22. I agree with a lot of the criticism but any show that has an arc where you can’t come in watch the 5th or 6th episode of the series without knowing the past episodes and pick nearly everything up is not worth watching. So that particular criticism I strongly disagree with.

    And outside of Ming Na, whoever the other Asian is, I would never have picked it.
    As for diversity, it does not always come down to ethnicity to be diverse.

  23. Chloe Bennet is the other Asian. Chinese. I gotta say that I disagree with the idea of not being able to pick it up from the 5th or 6th episode comment. Almost all episodic TV seems to follow that formula now. Sitcoms and reality shows seem to be the only place where you can pick it up from anywhere.