On September 23, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two starts and the story continues that began last year and ended on a tie-in with the big screen Marvel feature Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The entire first season of the Marvel small screen Joss Whedon program seemed to border on being slammed by the “Whedon Curse” every other episode. The curse, which struck Firefly, Dollhouse, and to a degree, Angel was avoided even though fans of the show wavered between being disgruntled and excited.
The big payoff was obviously the necessary cross over from last year’s “First Avenger” sequel which contained a huge plot twist and game changer on the big screen when HYDRA leapt out of the shadows and took over S.H.I.E.L.D. If readers have not seen the film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier apologies are in order for the “big” spoiler here. Although anyone watching the television show would know about the multiple storyline twists in the movie.
Just as creating the small screen version of the Marvel verse, as well as bringing back Phil Coulson from the dead, was a risk, so too is season two of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as it continues the story from “The Winter Soldier” and season one of the show. It will be interesting to see if there will be another tie-in, especially with the new Joss Whedon directed sequel of Avengers: Age of Ultron coming out on May 1, 2015.
Another question about the new season of the show will be whether any more big screen cameos and guest star stints will be upcoming. This could be a great opportunity for the new Marvel stars, Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) to perhaps pop in for a quick visit. Of course there were a lot of the big Marvel names who never showed up in season one who could at least do a cameo or two this time round.
Certainly there is room for Nick Fury to take time out from his “time out” and pay Coulson a visit or two and it would be beyond cool if Scarlett Johansson turned up as Natasha Romanoff. Even Hawkeye would be a brilliant guest since the producers did not want to make the television show into a huge “celebrity of the week” series and Renner could fit the bill of “not too big.” Just a thought.
The premiere episode already has Isabelle Hartley, aka Lucy Lawless. It features Agent Koenig (Patton Oswalt) – who was in season one’s finale – seemingly turn out to be a Live Model Decoy…or two. Chloe Bennet, as Skye, has been amped up considerably from her adorably “cute” girl next door image from last year. Amazingly all that was needed was a new hairstyle. A teaser for the new season reminds viewers of the Fitz and Simmons cliffhanger from last year and Clark Gregg appears to be just as cool this year as last.
Thankfully that Coulson mantra of “Tahiti, it’s a magical place” should not ever be uttered again by Gregg’s character and fans will be hoping that May and Phil “kiss and make up.” Another television spot reminds viewers that Garrett, and more are still against the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in season two and the HYDRA takeover continues to be the biggest part of the story.
By Michael Smith