WARNING: POST CONTAINS SPOILERS
So after much speculation on what story path Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would take, TV fans got their first look at the new ABC show last night.
The show begins after the 'events in New York' (aka what happened in The Avengers) and Agent Phil Coulson is back from the dead after Loki killed him.
The Avengers needed to something to rally around to beat the 'God of Lies and Mischief,' and Phil's death proved to be it. After a brief sojourn in Tahiti, he's back. Or maybe it's not him. "He can never know the truth," Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) says.
Sadly, there was no cameo from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
The show hints at the larger Marvel universe with references to Thor's hammer and groupies hanging around Stark Tower. There are also a few scenes where we get glimpses of Iron Man flying around on screens in the background.
It also appears that humans are now very aware that there are heroes in our world. Hey, you can even buy a Hulk figure.
If you were expecting wall-to-wall action, the pilot was a little slower paced as it spent time reacquainting us with Coulson and Hill, and introducing new members of Coulson's team, which includes Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) and a computer hacker, Skye (Chloe Bennet). The storyline revolves around a hooded hero (J. August Richards) who has become super-human thanks to the Extremis virus, which was used by the villain Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3. The technology not only gives strength, it makes people explode.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Fitz and Simmons (Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge respectively) manage to disarm the hooded hero, so the plotline, at least for this episode, was a standalone, but at the end Coulson hops in a flying car with Skye with news of a new discovery.
The last time we found something, he says, alluding to Thor, it was a hammer in New Mexico.
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