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MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Agent Daisy Johnson, Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Nick Blood as Agent Lance Hunter, Adrianne Palicki as Agent Bobbi Morse, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell. (ABC/Kurt Iswarienkio )

‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Review: Doesn’t Lose a Beat

Joss Whedon is a genius. I don’t know how hands-on he is with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I know that he laid the groundwork for what has become a blockbuster of a show. You want to see a one-hour feature film every week? Tune into ABC every Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Season 3 picked up several months after the Season 2 finale, but didn’t waste a lot of time bringing us up to speed. Co-writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, who happen to be married, know how to give us exposition without spoon feeding us. While members of S.H.I.E.L.D. were shooting, punching, pacing and flying, they were also giving us very brief summaries of what’s been going on, sandwiched between some great punchlines.

We’re two episodes in and our team, while small, is back to being a well-oiled machine. We’re not bogged down in a lot of pity parties or soul-baring sessions. We are on the move, making things happen, like saving our friends and settling debts.

SPOILERS BEWARE

Jemma

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons. (ABC/Kurt Iswarienkio )

Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons. (ABC/Kurt Iswarienkio )

One of the hallmarks of a great TV show is resolving conflicts quickly. S.H.I.E.L.D. didn’t spend half a season trying to figure out a way to bring Jemma back from the blue desert. Bringing her back so quickly makes me feel two things: 1. I’m relieved she’s back and I don’t have to worry about her getting killed off; 2. Because that huge plot twist was tied up so quickly, I know S.H.I.E.L.D. has a lot planned for the season ahead, which excites me.

Ward

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - "Purpose in the Machine" - Fitz and the team enlist the aid of an Asgardian to unlock the secrets of the ancient monolith that swallowed Simmons, and Agent May is at a crossroads in her personal and professional life, on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

DAZ CRAWFORD, BRETT DALTON (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

The only story arc that’s dragging is Grant Ward’s. I’m exaggerating a little to say that his story is dragging when there have only been two episodes, but I can watch him intimidate and beat up only so many people before I get bored. We need answers! What’s his end game? Hydra, yeah, but what specifically?

Bobbi and Hunter

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - "Purpose in the Machine" - Fitz and the team enlist the aid of an Asgardian to unlock the secrets of the ancient monolith that swallowed Simmons, and Agent May is at a crossroads in her personal and professional life, on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

ADRIANNE PALICKI (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

Because I’m a TV nerd, I know that ABC is developing a Marvel series starring Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood, who play Bobbi and Hunter, respectively. I’m very excited about that, because those two have excellent chemistry and can wield one-liners as well as the rest of Joss Whedon’s stable of quippy actors. But, that knowledge is taunting me, making me wonder what will happen to our S.H.I.E.L.D. team that will send those two off on their own. I’m kind of hoping that Peter MacNicol’s  Professor Elliot Randolph, an Asgardian, will become a series regular to fill the void they leave behind; MacNicol is a crazy good actor, and seeing him tear it up Asgardian-style is a hoot.

Running Scared

The icing on this yummy S.H.I.E.L.D. cake was seeing super-scary Lash, a gigantic, spiky Inhuman, blasting the hearts out of his victims. Dude is huge! And frightening! His sheer size and power make him seem impervious, which immediately raises the stakes for Daisy and the gang, because, how can they beat him? Did I mention he’s scary?

Our Marvel's Daredevil review

‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ Review

How in the hell did I not write a Daredevil review? I loved Daredevil, but once again, watched it way after it came onto Netflix.

The cast is amazing: Deborah Ann Woll from True Blood, bringing a lot of heart and appeal; Vondie Curtis-Hall aging nicely into an avuncular world-weary reporter who has seen his world fall apart from doing the right thing; Rosario Dawson as a normal person doing the right thing; Bob Gunton having a hell of a good time as a criminal accountant who is surprisingly fearless; and even the truly charismatic Charlie Cox, who makes the blind superhero of Hell’s Kitchen a lot of fun without being silly at all.

And holy crap, what about Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk? What an amazing “get” that is. D’Onofrio is an actor’s actor, bringing an insane amount of heft to a comic book character who had a cane that fired “blasts” in the ’70s.

Daredevil is a “street level” super hero, meaning he stops actual crimes, robberies, abductions, rather than dealing with alien invasions and the like. Daredevil (I don’t think anyone actually says that word on the show) is trying to clean up Hell’s Kitchen by beating up criminals while D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk is trying to clean up Hell’s Kitchen with a Stalinesque take-over. There’s a lot of hard boiled tropes, interesting camera work in the form of a couple one-shot fights, and all kinds of love story. The Marvel characters really work when they get a chance to be fleshed out a little and this show is great.

Synopsis

Netflix premiered its original series, Marvel’s Daredevil, on April 10, 2015. Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the superhero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Other cast members include Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple; Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk; Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page; Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson; Scott Glenn as Stick; Bob Gunton as Leland Owlsley; Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley; Vondie Curtis Hall as Ben Urich; and Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna.

Source: Netflix

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy..L to R: Drax (Dave Bautista), Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt)..Ph: Film Frame..?Marvel 2014

Badass Female Marvel Characters

MorphCostumes recently posted their infographic that breaks down the fighting skills and general badass-ness of our favorite female Marvel characters. The UK-based costume store regularly posts about superheroes and fantasy ‘verses, and occasionally posts fun ideas for your next cosplay adventure.

Check out the infographic below (click to see full size) or see their full blog post at MorphCostumes.

Badass Female Marvel Characters

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