Marvel is just that. A Marvel. From the way the cinematic universe has brought superheroes into a brand new mainstream spotlight, to its incredibly realistic storytelling, these are some of the greatest stories ever told. But the big screen is not the end. These tales are being told in numerous ways, from numerous perspectives. I’d like to take a moment to look at Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and really examine how they’ve managed to expand the world.
Marvel movies are in a weird spot right now. They’re trying to establish numerous different narratives leading up to the inevitable Infinity Wars, which will culminate every big battle that’s been fought since Tony Stark put on the suit back in 2008. Then the battle of New York happened, and the world was changed once more. Thanos is coming, but there’s plenty to worry about along the way.
Agents of SHIELD has been tasked with an incredibly complicated task, and the team at Marvel Television has shown that they’re more than up to it. Perhaps no season has shown this more than season three. Following Captain America: Civil War we finally get to see the effect of the Sokovia Accords on powered people all over the world. The sparring match at the airstrip was cute, but it wasn’t quite indicative of the gravity that this legislation would have in the grand scheme of the world.
The show addresses the impact on heroes we know and love as well, such as some certain inhumans on board with SHIELD, and even the interestingly revived Ghost Rider.
The point is, despite the hate it garners, Agents of SHIELD has the task of delivering on the lasting stakes developed by some incredibly high budget films, and it manages to do so with grace and charm.