Marvel’s ‘Agents’ continues billion dollar franchise

RAFAEL RIOS |STAFF WRITER

From gods, super soldiers, and playboy philanthropists, to highly trained agents of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” (Strategic homeland enforcement logistics division).

Marvel Studios last left us with the near destruction of New York City from the psychotic mind of the Asgardian Loki, and the Chitauri, a race of extraterrestrials beings set to inhabit earth.

But with the help of the Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. was able to stop the invasion and imprison Loki.

With the world knowing that we weren’t alone and the truth about superheroes, S.H.I.E.L.D. was set to clean up Manhattan thoroughly and hide as much of the truth about superheroes as possible.

In the new ABC series “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” the plot is set aside from The Avengers, but ties into the movies without the overuse of references. Joss Whedon (Director of The Avengers) continues doing a great job directing the Marvel Studio productions, and staying as true to the comics as possible.

The plot of the pilot episode takes place in New York. The main protagonist may come as a surprise, murdered by Loki In The Avengers film; Agent Phil Coulson has mysteriously been resurrected.

Although they don’t go much into details as to how it is that he is still alive, there is a small hint that it’s more than the view expects.

Dr. Streiten: “he really doesn’t know, does he?”

Agent Maria Hill: “He can never know.”

Could Agent Coulson be some sort of clone, or cyborg? Keeping it a secret lures me to keep watching further into the season, and keeps me contemplating the mystery.

The antagonist is labeled as “Centipede,” a secret technology that uses “Extremis” a new precarious serum, which first appeared in “Iron Man 3.”

Although doing its job creating ordinary men, superhuman, its unstable side affect causes the user to spontaneously combust. Mike Petersons is one of the test subjects, and the main issue in the pilot.

Believing that the device is going to improve his life but instead turning him into a ticking time bomb, Mike begins to hurt people unaware that they are friendlies.

Against her will, S.H.I.E.L.D. recruit, and computer hacker Skye (superhero fanatic), becomes Mike’s way of leaving with his son to start anew.

While trying to escape Agent Coulson and the rest of his team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents make their first mission as a team a successful one.

Establishing that there is scientist working on a way of turning people super, the agents will probably have to deal with much lager situations, who may be more hostile than Mike Peterson.

Perhaps we might even be able to expect to see better known superheroes make surprise appearances.

Thor 2 will Premiere Nov. 8 and we might be able to expect so discussion by the team of agents, about the occurrences’ linked to Thor.

For now one can hope they give more clues to how it is that Coulson is still alive, and maybe even give us hints of what’s to come in the Marvel Universe.

The show will continue on its successful path until the end of season one, but it’s to soon to know if they will go beyond that point.

The pilot does well with surprise character turns, humor, and explaining what may be the enemy throughout the season.

I would give the pilot an 8 out of 10.

The show is well worth the watch, and perfect for superhero fanatics and older children. ABC continues with the first season Tuesday nights at 8 p.m.