With the advent of Marvel Comic movies such as Spiderman, The Avengers and Captain America, adult viewers all over the world fell in love with their favorite super heroes from childhood all over again. New fans were made and now every age group can fully appreciate their favorites together. Fans can watch as the Agents of SHIELD risk their lives in death-defying missions to rescue people and save the world without having to go out to a theater to do it.
ABC seems to want to keep the tradition of family fun going with its new series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The show takes a different approach to childhood heroes. Rather than following well-known and already seen heroes, this show introduces new heroes and villains as well as the old ones.
SHIELD offers a look at Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, after he survived the attack against him by Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. In the Avengers movie, the character of Phil Coulson seemed to die, an event that Nick Fury, played by Samuel L Jackson, used to unite the team. The team mourned the loss of their fallen comrade and went on to defeat Loki and his alien invasion.
In the show, Coulson explains how he did die but he was resuscitated after eight seconds. Due to his injuries, he was given leave to heal in Tahiti and given a plane to operate using his new team. He even got a red convertible he named Lola. Now, since he has healed, he is using his second chance to chase down super heroes and keep the world safe from super villains.
Coulson’s team is comprised of Agent Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen, who is a pilot and a master in martial arts. Before joining the SHIELD team, she did mostly desk work but her name is legendary in her field for the missions she completed before moving to a desk. She and Coulson have had a few areas of friction since she joined the team because she doesn’t want to do field work but she has been forced into that position. The position of field agent and tough guy is supposed to belong to Grant Ward, played by Brett Dalton, but every once in a while he needs back up so May has to step up. Ward is trained to go into battle at a moments notice. He has been trained in espionage and various forms of combat which are skills he uses to carry out his duties loyally for SHIELD.
It wouldn’t be super hero action without the brains behind the brawn for the super cool gadgets and technology. SHIELD employees the talents of Leo Fitz, played Ian De Caestecker. Fitz is one half of a team that does research on super powers, cures infections caused by alien invasions and comes up with all the latest, coolest tech. Along with his research partner, Jemma Simmons, played by Elizabeth Henstridge, the two are getting into the action and out of the lab more and more. As a team, they are constantly bickering and bantering back and forth. Jemma has made it very clear, however, that she is excited about the opportunity she has been given in working with SHIELD.
Finally, the wild card on the team is Skye, a mysterious hacktivist with a past and something to hide. She introduces herself to SHIELD when she hacks its system twice. The part of Skye is played by Chloe Bennet. Skye is caught trying to undermine SHIELD and when caught, is asked to work with SHIELD. She comes in handy in missions on the computer hacking needed to gain access to confidential information or to gain access to a super villain’s computer system. Because of her secretive ways, some of the other members don’t trust her but they stand by Coulson’s decision to train and trust her.
When it is discovered that Skye has a boyfriend that is a high security risk and that she warned him so that he didn’t get caught, they don’t know whether to trust her anymore or not.
Together, the six of them have narrowly escaped death, made scientific history and learned how to trust each other as they try to save the world. For Coulson, this is more than just a job, with a team of experts. This is a second chance, which he intends on taking advantage of. Coulson’s brush with death has changed him, causing him to be more assertive and bold in the face of new dangers. He plans on using these newly found skills to lead his team safely home.