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Airing Tonight: “Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 Premiere (9/29/2015)

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its television connected series will be excited to know that tonight will be the Season 3 premier of “Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and if you are one of those viewers who decided to give up early on in the first season you have been missing out. Check out the brief premise for S3 along with the poster and cast and then I will return with some thoughts.

Poster - Agents of SHIELD - S3

The Premise:
The third season of the American television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division), revolves around the character of Phil Coulson and his team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and allies, who begin a secret mission to assemble a team of Inhumans to deal with new threats to the world, while others are also tracking down members of the group. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. The season is scheduled to premiere on ABC on September 29, 2015, and consist of 22 episodes. It is produced by ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and Mutant Enemy Productions, with Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeffrey Bell serving as showrunners.

The Cast:
Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May
Brett Dalton as Grant Ward
Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson/Quake
Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons
Nick Blood as Lance Hunter
Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse
Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie
Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell/Sparkplug

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Marvel Studios might not have the rights to use the X-Men or even the term “Mutant” in its current Cinematic and Television Universe but the closer we get to seeing Black Bolt and Medusa along with the rest of The Inhumans on the big screen the less that its going to matter (well at least to me). The show is now 100% a part of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe and that means it could have characters connecting with the recent Netflix “Daredevil” show and its future series along with what we have seen it connect to in “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” most recently and what is coming up with “Captain America: Civil War” and please, please, please something with “Dr. Strange”. I might have admitted this with S2 but there were times during S1 that I was ready to give up on the show but fortunately Skeleton Pete convinced me to stick with it. I am glad I did because we had numerous stories tying into the larger film universe and all of them worked out pretty well. The creation of one big cohesive universe is what appeals to me most and some of the characters I have really become accustomed to. I would love to see more heroes making their way into the show at least as introductions for the film usage but who knows. This “Secret Warriors” premise could be interesting as its more with The Inhumans who we learned were connected to the Kree race and that allows for more cosmic expansion on the series. Clark Gregg has been doing a bang up job as Agent Coulson and they’ve been really clever about giving us a teaser bonus scene at the end of each episode that will keep us curious or make us scream “Oh no you didn’t”. In my humble opinion you are missing out on some more Marvel fun and like I’ve already noted this ties into the films which is more than we can say for the excellent DC Comics television shows like “The Flash” and the now lost “Constantine”. These shows will NOT be a part of DC Comics larger film universe and that is a shame but a blog for another post at some other point in time if there even is time. I’ve already programmed my DVR for the new season so I don’t miss a moment of it. What do you readers think about this show? Are you following it or could you care less? Let me know in the comments section as I would love to hear from you.

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