With two episodes out for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.l.D., I gotta say that I’m really disappointed. Not in the show, but in the response it has been getting from fans. It’s as if they never saw a trailer or read the countless interviews from the show’s creators, or even seen a film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). There are some who have more subjective criticisms, such as the acting or even the “generic” cast of characters. I’m on the opposite end of that conversation but I won’t argue with their preference. This column is more geared towards people who were somehow delusional in what kind of show this would be, and to the ones that are complaining about the very thing they were excited to see in the first place. I decided to break down their criticism into sections.
“Too Many Avengers References”
Are you kidding me?!!! It’s a show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Why wouldn’t they make reference to characters and events previously established. What’s even more angering about this complaint is that if it were the opposite case with no mention of the Avengers or anything in that universe, there still would be complaints. Probably from the same people complaining about too many Avengers references. Look, if this were your first foray into the Marvel universe, then maybe I could see you being overwhelmed by the references. But let’s be honest guys. At least 90% percent of the audience have seen at least one Marvel Studios film, and judging from the massive box office take of The Avengers, I would say that statement holds true. Besides, they have been doing these kinda references in comic books for decades. Welcome to the world of shared universes.
“It’s Not The Show I Was Expecting”
This complaint shocked me the most considering all the press materials that were released prior to the show’s premiere. I don’t think I’m the smartest person on the planet by any stretch of the imagination, so I don’t think I cracked the code after seeing the show’s trailer and correctly identifying the kind of show that would be airing. What I saw in the two episode aired were exactly what I was expecting after seeing the trailers and interviews. You might say that not everyone watches trailers or read interviews. And to that I say, if they don’t, they weren’t that interested in the show to begin with. What’s more upsetting is the fact that people who make these complaints often have no answer as to what they were expecting, making them look like even more of a trolling ass. They are like, “I don’t know, it’s just wasn’t what I was expecting.” Great conversation starter guys, good job. And can you believe that they are people who thought this would be the Avengers on TV. Really guys? At least be a little realistic with your expectations here. That’s not to say that we won’t be seeing any member of the Avengers or any new super hero in future episodes. So far we already have cameos from Maria Hill and SHIELD director himself, Nick Fury. I’m sure Mr. Stark isn’t too far behind. And remember. This is TV. We won’t see the production value of any of the films on a show airing on ABC. It just won’t happen. So relax a bit and enjoy what we do get, which in my opinion looks above what is expected for a TV show.
“I Don’t Like The Tone”
This particular complaint gets my blood boiling. If you’ve ever seen a film set in the MCU and liked it, I can’t see the basis for this complaint. Unlike the DC films (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel), Marvel films have always had a sense of levity. And this sense of levity is greatly displayed in films involving Tony Stark. Joss Whedon wrote The Avengers and the pilot episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. So it would make sense that they would have similar tones. To me the best kind of series or sagas are the ones that start out light and slowly transition into darker territory. When the material gets darker after spending some significant time in the light, it makes the turn much more grander in scale and more emotionally involved because you remember where the characters are coming from. This is something that Joss is known for doing in his previous work. So don’t expect the the lighter tone to last forever.
“I Don’t Know Where The Show is Going”
They just aired two episodes and certain viewers expect all the characters so far to be open books. What happened to leaving some mysteries for future episodes? We already know that Coulson’s return from death will be an ongoing issue, Skye’s affiliation with the Rising Tide is described by Fury as “a problem”, and there is a secret organization out there (AIM?) that could be the overall threat of the season or perhaps series. The show is described as as partly serialized and partly procedural. The procedural episodes of the show I suspect will be used to further delve into who each character is, which to me is an awesome way to go given that we have 22 episodes a season to tell a great story. So with that I say, two episodes aired is a bit too premature to make that complaint. Give it at least 4 more episodes will ya?
Look guys. I’m not saying that we can’t critique things that we are passionate about. But do so within reason and logic. We finally get a shared universe on film and on TV and all of a sudden we start to take it for granted. 10 years ago we would be shocked if a project like this was conceived, and we would be eating it all up. So please, don’t start getting entitled now. They may take it off the air because of the spread of the unreasonable bad word of mouth and we won’t get to see all the cool stuff I’m sure the show runners have planned.Cool Posts Around The Web: