Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season One (on DVD)

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season One
[DVD Agents]

Starting in 2008, with the feature film Iron Man, Marvel Comics launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- an internally consistent series of theatrical films, short online films and television productions, all of which are set in the same "universe". Though other movie studios own the rights to produce Spider-Man and X-Men films, all other productions featuring characters from the Marvel comic books fall under this MCU umbrella. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the first full-scale television series set in that universe -- focusing on the secret government agents that try to track super-powered individuals and artifacts or technology of an unearthly nature. Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, has appeared in minor-to-major roles in most of the MCU feature films, and serves as the leader of the team of specialized agents in this series. In this first season, we meet all the new agents, watch as they struggle to form a cohesive team, and follow several through-st ories. The events from the feature film Captain America: The Winter Soldier impact Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2/3 the way through the season, creating a totally different dynamic among the characters and in the storytelling as this season winds down. The stunts and effects work in this series are terrific, as is the cast. As a Marvel Comics fan, I really wish there'd been a few more appearances of super-powered people, but this was a nice introduction to the concept of this series. This DVD set features several excellent "extras" - including an in-depth look at how all the films/tv-series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe fit together. I look forward to seeing how this series progresses. Some of these episodes deserve a "10" while others only a "6", so I'm giving the whole boxed set an "8" overall. -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ see Scott's Reviewer Profile and more of his reviews ]

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the films in the Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and Hulk movie series.]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. web site ]

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