I remember seeing the teaser ads for Marvel: Agents of Shield while I was in San Diego last summer. They were strung up on lamp posts and all over the city transit. The hype for the new show around the convention center was electric: Agents of Shield was the “it” show for the 2013 fall lineup. Coulson was back, for one, and with a team of heroes more like us jetting around the world and tracking down the extraordinary; who wouldn’t be excited?
And the first season didn’t disappoint – for me – but with an ending like Hydra taking over and dismantling S.H.I.E.L.D., where do we go from there?
We’ve gotten a few hints at a more “brass knuckles” style from Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), who recently went on tour to promote Trust Me and of course answered some questions about the show. With the surviving agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now outlaws, being hunted, and forced to run off the grid as much as possible, the new season promises to be intriguing. The possible plot twists and shifts abound, but they are not all.
It’s been announced that Lucy Lawless will be joining the season 2 cast. From Xena to Burn Notice to Battlestar Galactica Lawless is a legend in “geek” television. Her new role in this Marvel series will surely be one of great importance in the storyline, but will she last longer than a season? Or will her character be more similar to Bill Paxton’s Agent Garrett?
We can only speculate, also, if she’ll be friend or foe, or something a little more in between. Hydra or S.H.I.E.L.D.? We shall see.
With San Diego Comic-Con literally around the corner, more details are likely to be disclosed during the “Marvel Television Presents” panel on Friday between 3:00 and 4:00 PST. The second season is due to premiere on September 23 at 9/8 c on ABC and will show in two runs, bookending the new Agent Carter series.
With the Whedons at the helm, I think we are all waiting on tenterhooks to see what the season has in store.