In desperate need of a bit of a ratings bump, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. adds some celebrity and a much needed appearance from a Marvel character!
While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started off with a strong premiere, ratings experienced a pretty heavy drop that left most wondering about the longevity of Marvel Studios’ first TV effort. However, the recent arc of episodes has gained a bit of steam with viewers and recent announcements continue to push the show forward, with creators promising a satisfying conclusion to the season.
First up we have news that
Chet Donnelly Bill Paxton will be joining the cast for a few episodes as Agent John Garrett, who joins Coulson’s crew in an effort to stay out in the field. “When Garrett got his promotion to Level 7, he refused to sit behind a desk and doesn’t like the formalities of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” explained showrunner Jed Whedon. “He’s going to help Coulson solve some mysteries and is not afraid to rig an explosive or two.”
In the comics, John Garrett is actually an agent who is severely injured by the assassin Elektra and turned into a cyborg by S.H.I.E.L.D., which has interesting similarities to ongoing storylines within Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. regarding Coulson’s return.
Viewers have been waiting for an appearance from the Marvel Studios stable of characters since the show premiered, and while brief mentions of Thor and Asgard has teased the audience, nothing has really showed up to warrant any excitement. That is set to change, as it has been announced that Jaimie Alexander will be reprising her role as Lady Sif in the 15th episode, and that the character has “come to Earth with a very specific mission.”
ABC’s Paul Lee recently spoke out about the show’s early problems, and some of the things we have to look forward to as the season continues:
“It was obviously disappointing that we started with a very high number and it came down. It took a little bit of time to find our sea legs, but now the show is really doing well…. I think the key to us was really starting to work closely with the studios, and really figure out with our showrunners and all the creative brains, how we could have a show that didn’t have Iron Man in it, but did have an incredible amount of the Marvel universe and an incredible amount of the mythology that went through there. We also took a little bit of time to get the balance between a procedural and an arc. I’m so proud of how they’ve now arced out the last nine episodes. But, that’s something that many shows do, as they go through that.”
Creatively, we are loving what we’re seeing for the back nine. We’re doing a lot of work, and I’m really enjoying doing this with Marvel. We can announce that Lady Sif is coming in, in Episode 15. We’re shooting it now, and that’s going to be absolutely integral to that hour of television. And then, there’s going to be this really cool arc to the end of the season. You’re going to find out who the Clairvoyant is, and it’s going to be very, very cool.”
To sum it all up, don’t count Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. out quite yet. Guest stars, superheroes, and answers are coming our way!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on February 4th and features the one and only Stan “The Man” Lee. You can check out the promo below:
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