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A few weeks ago we reported that ‘Breaking Bad’ director and producer Michelle MacLaren was in talks to take the helm on WB’s ‘Wonder Woman’ film, which was incredibly exciting news on its own. Today brings word that MacLaren has officially signed on to not only direct, but also formally develop the film, working with the writers to bring the iconic superhero to the big screen in her own solo movie.
THR reports that MacLaren, who is also known for her strong directing work on episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Walking Dead,’ has officially signed on to direct ‘Wonder Woman’ after months of meetings with the studio. According to the report, WB also considered ‘The Babadook’ director Jennifer Kent, and Lesli Linka Glatter, director and co-executive producer of Showtime’s ‘Homeland’—either of these choices would have made for interesting and exciting prospects, but MacLaren’s name has popped up as a favorite to direct in many articles (including my own) since WB first announced the project.
The ‘Wonder Woman’ film will kick off a proposed trilogy of solo films for Gal Gadot’s hero, with the first taking place on her home of Paradise Island, where the Amazonians are split up into warring factions. A mysterious man arrives asking for our hero’s help, and from there she travels to WWII-era America, and is surprised to find that women are not treated as equals. Keeping in the spirit of the character, the proposed storyline has a feminist slant, and hiring a female director to bring Wonder Woman’s first solo adventure to the big screen feels like the right thing to do—especially one like MacLaren, who has proven that she has a strong eye for what makes compelling, engaging action.
This will be MacLaren’s first time directing a feature-length film, but we’ve been anxiously awaiting this debut for some time now. ‘Wonder Woman’ seems like the perfect fit. ‘Wonder Woman’—and MacLaren—will hit theaters on June 23, 2017.
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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Lego Batman, Starfire, Infinite Crisis, Rule 63 Green Arrow, Iron Fist And More
Lego Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Catwoman
Cosplayed by Black Sheep Comics, photographed by Fred Zavala
Cosplayed by Jessica Shanholtz
Photographed by Ron Gejon Photography
Rule 63 Green Arrow
Photographed by Ron Gejon Photography
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Seems like every few months we get teased with the possibility of sequels to beloved films — stuff like ‘Hellboy 3‘ or a new ‘Blade Runner.’ While some of these films may or may not ever happen, a new art exhibit explores the idea of sequels that will probably never exist, including sequels to ‘Fight Club‘ and ‘The Rocketeer.’ Sure, franchise fatigue is real and it’s a problem, but this artwork sure does make these sequels seem mighty attractive.
The new show is simply titled Sequel, and will be open at Iam8bit in L.A. on Thursday, November 13, from 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. Collider debuted the ‘Sleepy Hollow 2′ and ‘Hellboy 3′ pieces, and you can preview some of the other artwork from the show below, as well. We’re particularly fond of the ‘Labyrinth 2′ piece by Ruben Ireland and the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel piece by Cory Schmitz.
Click on the images below for larger versions:
You can find more information on the official Facebook page for the event, where you can also RSVP to attend.
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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.
This week, we’re talking about superhero teams, and while everybody these days loves the Avengers and, shockingly, the Guardians of the Galaxy, that doesn’t mean that they’re all winners. That’s why we’re taking on five of the worst teams in comics, from the weird but secretly awesome all the way down to the absolute dregs!
- Marvel actually reprinted The Champions a while back, and it’s absolutely worth reading.
- I wrote about the New Blackhawk Era allllll the way back in those early comics blogging days of 2006, if you’re curious.
- Force Works was, incidentally, part of the basis for the 1990s Marvel Action Hour Iron Man cartoon.
- Extreme Justice is as bad as you’d think, but writer Dan Vado would go on to found Slave Labor Graphics, one of the most prominent indie/artcomix publishers of the decade.
- Find out more about why The New Guardians are Nobody’s Favorites. Except Snowflame, the supervillain who worships cocaine. Everyone rightfully loves that dude.
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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.
In honor of Halloween, we’ve compiled the darkest and spookiest selections from Best Art Evers past.
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Frankenstein’s Bride by Genevieve FT
Death by Marc Hempel
Slimer vs. Doop by Michael Lloyd
Frankenstein’s Bride by Bruce Timm
Bride of Frankenstein by Alex Smith
“The Picnic” by Scott C.
Mater Morbi and Dylan Dog by Massimo Carnevale
Frankenstein and Vampirella by Kevin Nowlan
Death by Marc Hempel
From Dusk Till Dawn by Mike Hawthorne
“Encounter on an Eerie Evening” by Richard Sala
Judge Dredd vs. Judge Death by Greg Staples
“Untitled” by Sara Pichelli
Leave it to Chance by Mike Wieringo
Art by Moritat
Skeletor by David Rapoza
Morbius by Tom Fowler
RGB/Blood by Luca Claretti
Marceline, the Vampire Queen by Jenyffer Maria
Swamp Thing by John Totleben
Lobster Johnson by James Harren
Hellboy by Mike Mignola
Eyes of the Cat by Moebius
Zombie Santa Claus or Papanoel by Kike Riesco
Ghost Rider by Mike Bear
Art by Nadeshico Rin
Vampirella by Shane Glines
Boatman of R’lyeh by Teemu Matinlauri
Hellboy by Romik Safarian
Black Swan by Kim Herbst
Judge Death by Garry Leach
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser by Mike Mignola
Vampirella by Brian Stelfreeze
Death by Alex Maleev
Doctor Strange by Kevin Nowlan
Hello Kitty Zombie by John Cebollero
Art by Bruce Timm
Creature from the Black Lagoon by Arthur Adams
Vertigo pantheon by Brian Bolland
Young Justice Halloween designs by Jerome K. Moore
Dr. Frank-N-Furter by doubleleaf
Frankenstein by Bernie Wrightson
Vampyres by Bill Sienkiewicz
Aliens by Eduardo Risso
Death by Brian Stelfreeze
Blade by Humberto Ramos
Halloween Eve by Amy Reeder
Attack the Block by Alex Pardee
The Walking Dead’s Michonne by Chris Stevens
Christopher Walken from The Prophecy by Romik Safarian
Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child by Rafael Grampá
Vampirella by Arthur Suydam
Dracula by Mike Mignola
Vampirella by Joshua Middleton
Batman by Mike Mignola
Dark City by Romik Safarian
The Manhattan Projects by Tradd Moore
The Spectre by Charles Vess
Vampirella by Frank Frazetta
Art by Alphonse Inoue
Abe Sapien by Fellipe Martins
Etrigan the Demon by Tyler Parker
Art by Javier Gonzalez Pacheco
Animaniacs horror film mashup by RIPT Apparel
Abe Sapien by Dylan Rose
The Crow by Admira Wijaya
John Constantine by Skottie Young from the collection of Chris Hargett
Werewolf by Bernie Wrightson
Death by Sebastian von Buchwald
Weird War Tales by Darwyn Cooke
Nosferatu by Chris Weston
Vampirella by JH Williams III
Mina Harker and Mr. Hyde by Adam Hughes
Man-Bat by David Hitchcock
Frankenstein’s monster by Bernie Wrightson
From Osteographia by William Cheselden
Vampirella by Bruce Timm
Art by Chiara Bautista
ampirella and Dracula by Dracula and Vampirella by Ray Lago
Hellboy by Francesco Francavilla
Death by Chris Bachalo
Marceline and the Scream Queens by Arielle Jovellanos
Elvis vs. mummies from “King of the Unknown” by Marcus Muller
Vertigo promo by Sean Phillips
Death by Ryan Kelly
Death by Marc Hempel
The Shadow by Dustin Harbin
Art by Cameron Stewart
Vampirella by Steve Rude
Morrigan by Mindy Lee
“Plague of Crows” by Robert Wilson IV
Deadman by Francesco Biagini
Let The Right One In by Boris Maita
General Mills Monsters by Thomas Boatwright
Magik & S’ym by Arthur Adams
Amethyst and John Constantine by Brianne Drouhard
the Spectre by Mike Mignola
Teen Titans’ Raven by Mike Maihack
Deadman by John Gallagher
Death by Oliver Nome
Frankenstein by Barry Moser
Art by Felipe Cunha for IDW’s In The Dark anthology
Mephisto by John Buscema
Scarecrow by Chris Weston
Death by Shane Glines
Spectre by Bill Sienkiewicz
John Constantine by Dave McKean
Aliens by Mike Mignola
Ghost Rider as a hamster by Mike Del Mundo
Doctor Strange and Clea by Michael Kaluta
Hellboy by Kevin Nowlan
Pretty Deadly’s Ginny by Johnni Kok
Doctor Occult by Kent Williams
Lady Death by Meghan Hetrick
“Alfred Hitchcock’s Haunted Houseful” art by Fred Banbery
Death by Ryan Kelly
“Lilith II” by H.R. Giger
Doctor Strange by Gabriel Hardman
Dr. Jekyll by John K. Snyder III
The Spectre by Charles Vess
Amanda Waller by Kevin Maguire
Vampirella by Fiona Staples
Ghost Rider by Romik Safarian
The Goonies by Logan Ganshirt
Zombie Donatello by Francesco Francavilla
Norgil the Magician by Jim Steranko
Art by Bruce Timm
Ghostbusters’ Dana Barrett by Erica Henderson
Art by Luis Royo
Doctor Strange by Frank Brunner
Magik by Michael Lee Lunsford
Spawn by Frank Miller
Nightcrawler by Craig Hamilton
House of Mystery page by Bernie Wrightson
Vampirella versus Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Bruce Timm
Hellboy and Liz Sherman by Dan Brereton
Daphne and Velma by Kris Anka
H.P. Lovecraft by Bruce Timm
Etrigan the Demon by Bruce Timm
B.P.R.D. by Kevin Nowlan
Swamp Thing by Bruce Timm
John Constantine by Uwe De Witt
“Hot Zombie Chick” by Colin Fix
Vampirella by Dave Bullock
Deadman and The Spectre by Kevin Nowlan
Vampirella by Olivier Coipel
Deadman by Yildiray Cinar
Bride of Frankenstein by Ming Doyle
Hammer Horror by Bruce Timm
Batman, Swamp Thing and John Constantine by J.G. Jones
Spider-Man vs. Hobgoblin by Charles Vess
Zombie Easter Bunny by Vince Chui
The Sandman and Death by Sara Richard
Etrigan by Steve Rude
Hellboy vs. Rasputin by Scott Morse
Zombie Pikachu by Berk Öztürk
Demonic Totoro by Sachsen
Death by Terry Moore
Death by Ryan Kelly
The Phantom Stranger by Matt Wagner
>The Darkness by Michael Ivan
>Zombie art is by Olli Hihnala
>Swamp Thing by Art Adams
>Lilith, Dracula’s daughter by Bruce Timm
>The Crow by J. O’Barr
>Zombie Transmetropolitan by Tony Moore
>Death by Charles Holbert, Jr.
>Slimer by Chris Samnee
>H.P. Lovecraft by Gary Pulin
>Cthulhu by Michael Dashow (click to enlarge)
>Solomon Grundy by Ryan Sook
>Painting 171 by Brad Wright
I, Zombie #1 cover by Darwyn Cooke
The Addams Family by Bob Lizarraga
Storia by Nardack
Hellboy by Mike Mignola
Satanna by Art Adams
Etrigan by Bruce Timm
Voldemort by Nicholas Kole
Zombie Batman by Ryan Ottley
The Sandman by Brian Bolland
Zombie Link by Josh Mirman
Young Frankenstein’s Igor by Zach Bellissimo
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We know that Jason Momoa will star in 2018′s Aquaman, Dwayne Johnson will co-star as Black Adam in Shazam, and Ray Fisher will star in 2020′s Cyborg. A separate announcement on Wednesday revealed that indie hearthrob Ezra Miller will play the movie version of The Flash, both across the Justice League movies and in his own movie in 2018. That means that the glum movie Flash and the cheerful TV Flash will co-exist in separate on-screen worlds — and on-screen Quicksilvers no longer have a numerical advantage. The biggest surprise in this list is perhaps that DC will take a second swing at Green Lantern, despite the failure of the dreadful 2011 movie. No casting announcement has been made. Ryan Reynolds is surely out of the picture, especially with his Deadpool movie in the works. Dare we hope that Warner Bros plans to bring John Stewart to the big screen? Here’s the full rundown of announced DC movies: 2016: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer 2017: Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder 2018: The Flash (Ezra Miller) Aquaman (Jason Momoa) 2019: Shazam (Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam) Justice League 2, directed by Zack Snyder 2020: Cyborg (Ray Fisher) Green Lantern
Read More: WB Confirms Justice League, Wonder Woman, Aquaman Films | http://comicsalliance.com/warner-bros-announces-justice-league-wonder-woman-aquaman-movies-more/?trackback=tsmclip
As readers will know from our weekly Best Cosplay Ever feature, we’re big fans of cosplay at ComicsAlliance. The comics, sci-fi, gaming, and fantasy communities have proved time and again their exceptional talents for homemade disguises and superheroic sartorial excellence, and all of their craft and skill will be on display this weekend at New York Comic-Con. Our chief cosplay correspondent Betty Felon is on hand to document as much of it as she can. Scroll down for some of the very finest cosplay from New York.
Barnacle Boy & Mermaid Man
Read More: Photo Gallery: The Cosplay Of New York Comic Con 2014, Part 1 | http://comicsalliance.com/photo-gallery-the-cosplay-of-new-york-comic-con-2014-part-1/?trackback=tsmclip
The Kirby family may have secured a settlement with Marvel, but the family of another high profile comic creator that petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its case has not been quite so lucky. On Monday morning the Court released a list of all the cases that it declined to hear in this session, and the list includes the case of the family of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster.
The decision upholds the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which stated that Shuster’s nephew, Mark Peary, had no ownership claim on the character. The Shuster estate gave up its claims to Superman in a 1992 agreement that gave the family a $600,000 payout and a $25,000 annual pension.
Peary was trying to specifically reclaim the rights to Action Comics #1, which introduced the characters of Superman and Lois Lane, and established many of the familiar traits of the Superman character, including his civilian identity, Clark Kent. Peary claimed that the family members who signed that 1992 agreement — Shuster’s brother Frank and sister Jean — did not have the authority to assign those rights. Copyrights did not carry over to siblings at that time; only children, grandchildren and spouses.
The Ninth Circuit also overturned a ruling that granted the heirs of writer Jerry Siegel a 50% stake in Action Comics #1.
This decision seems to close off one legal approach for the Shuster estate, and leaves the ownership of Superman entirely in the hands of DC and Warner Bros., though it is possible that the family may attempt to pursue their claim through other arguments.
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Batman’s movie and TV adaptations have had varying degrees of success over the years, but one aspect of the DC Comics franchise that has been almost universally good for the past five decades or so has been the music.
As if to prove it, the Piano Guys — a duo consisting of a pianist and a cellist (shouldn’t they be the Piano and Electric Cello Guys?) — have taken three iconic Batman themes, arranged them for their own instruments, and mashed them up in a really creative and compelling way. Not only that, they put it all in an absolutely beautifully shot video.
There’s so much to look at and listen to in this video. Look at those CGI sets! They look just like the Batman ’66 Batcave, a Tim Burton Gotham City alley, the City Hall steps of The Dark Knight Rises, and a picturesque Gotham rooftop. Those batmobiles are super cool. And look, their instruments and costumes change to match the scenes! They got different pianos and cellos to be more Batman-adaptation-appropriated. That is commitment.
And then there’s the music. Neal Hefti’s theme to the 1966 Batman TV show transitions beautifully into Danny Elfman’s 1989 Batman theme, and then things flow into the Hans Zimmer music from the Christopher Nolan movies. It all blends together so well, and the last 30 seconds or so are a wonderful mix of all three.
The only thing I wish the piece had was a nod to Elfman and Shirley Walker’s Batman: The Animated Series themes, which may be my favorite of all. Maybe next time, guys?
Read More: The Piano Guys’ Batman Music Medley Will Make Your Jaw Drop | http://comicsalliance.com/piano-guys-batman-music-video/?trackback=tsmclip
Hello, friends. How was your summer? Good, I hope. But all that is behind us now; it’s time to get back to work. Deflate the beach balls; put away the flip-flops; unpack the waterproof poncho. Agents of SHIELD is back, and I’m back to recap it. (Inexplicably, I was not fired for my recaps last season. I was actually promoted. Sorry, everyone.)
Long-time ComicsAlliance’s Agents of SOMETHING readers will recall that my major objection to Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is that it just didn’t make enough use of its Marvel Universe playground. It didn’t need Chris Evans pouting beautifully in every episode; it just needed to exploit the assets it had. Season one never did; yet everything I’ve heard about season two makes me want to give the show another chance. Because, like Doctor Doom, I’m very smart but I never learn.
When last we left the agents, SHIELD had been broken up following its infiltration by HYDRA over in the movies; boring Agent Ward was exposed as a more attractive villain; Coulson got promoted to director of an agency that kinda doesn’t exist anymore — hey, congrats; and techy Agent Fitz got wet and had to be packed in rice, and everyone was too afraid to turn him back on in case he didn’t work anymore.
Also, Guardians of the Galaxy happened, and Agent Carter got commissioned to series, so we can be sure to see something of the latter and we shouldn’t be surprised to see something of the former, especially given how this show danced around the alien stuff all last season. The duck’s out of the bag, Agents of SHIELD. Embrace the space weird.
I’ve come up with a brilliant new structure for breaking down the episodes this year, and it’s not at all contrived. I’ll examine each episode based on Story, Highlights, Lowlights, Explosions, Introductions, and Dumb Questions. Why? Because I really want the initials to spell SHLEID.
S is for Story
In Hydra-era Germany, SHIELD’s predecessors in the Strategic Scientific Reserve capture a bunch of Hydra agents and secure a tacky looking silver obelisk that looks like something Gordon Ramsay gives out to the winner of one of his reality shows — but which can apparently turn people to stone.
In the present day, a SHIELD sting to buy the obelisk from a rogue former agent ends badly when a giant bulletproof man bursts onto the scene and everyone starts shooting. A recovered chip of the bulletproof man’s “armor” reverts to bloody flesh back in the lab, and the agents learn that the man is Carl Creel (Brian Patrick Wade), a HYDRA asset they believed to be dead. Skye (Chloe Bennett) questions captive traitor Ward (Brett Dalton), and learns that Creel is a former boxer who went by the nickname “Crusher,” who has the power to absorb the qualities of materials he touches.
Creel goes after Brigadier General Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar), the man tasked with getting SHIELD to yield. SHIELD saves Talbot and takes him into custody, where Coulson (Clark Gregg) tells him they shouldn’t be enemies, but Talbot seems pretty committed.
Meanwhile, Talbot’s men take Creel into custody — and Creel uses his power to camouflage his way out and head for the obelisk, which happens to be at the same facility. SHIELD is once again on hand to intercept, but one of the mercenaries working for SHIELD, Isabel Hartley (Lucy Lawless), touches the obelisk to defend herself against Creel, and her hand turns to stone.
While the agents steal a Quinjet with cloaking technology, Isabel is rushed away in a car for medical attention. A fellow merc cuts off her hand to save her life — only for their vehicle to crash into Creel, who takes the obelisk and leaves the mercenaries for dead.
In the closing scene, we learn that the Hydra bigwig we saw at the opening of the episode (Reed Diamond) is still alive, and seemingly hasn’t aged a day.
H is for Highlights
I may surprise you here, but I thought this was a strong return for Agents of SHIELD. Is it too soon to say that the show finally has some promise?
Maybe I’m being deceived because the episode opens with a glimpse of Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Dum-Dum Dugan (Neal McDonough), and Jim Morita (Kenneth Choi) from Captain America: The First Avenger. Within the episode this serves to set up both the obelisk story and our new antagonist, ‘Dr Whitehall’, the Hydra officer played by Reed Diamond. It’s also helping to set up Agent Carter, the show that will stand in for Agents of SHIELD at mid-season, and I’m unapologetically excited for that show.
But even without that glimpse of Hayley Atwell’s Peggy, this was still a better show. Reducing SHIELD to a smaller, ragtag operation ironically creates a much better sense of SHIELD as an organization. Having HYDRA as a permanent opponent, and Reed Diamond as the new antagonist, allows the show to stay focused.
And of course, there was Crusher Creel, the Absorbing Man — a real comic book villain with real comic book villain powers. He’s reduced to hench-goon here rather than driving a story directly, but that doesn’t really feel like slumming it for Crusher Creel. Also, there’s a glorious moment when the character tears off a piece of chain fence with a ball at the end to recreate the character’s iconic ball-and-chain weapon, and if Agents of SHIELD is finally going to start pandering to my nerdy affections like this, I am all in favor of that.
Adrian Pasdar finally got something to do as Glenn Talbot, the Hulk nemesis now downgraded to Coulson nemesis, and he’s very entertaining in the role, especially when he sneeringly refers to Coulson’s over-used plane-based prison cell as a “honeycomb kill room.”
The episode also introduced some intriguing new characters in the mercenaries, swaggering Isabel Hartley (Lucy Lawless), louche Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), and “Idaho” (Wilmer Calderon), who I assume doubles up as Coyote Ugly dancer. These characters feel rougher, more charismatic, and less blandly inoffensive than our core cast of agents.
L is for Lowlights
The show very quickly kills these new characters off.
OK, Lance seems to have survived, but the other two look dead. Alas, poor Idaho, we barely knew thee. But Lucy Lawless’s character (a) is played by Lucy Lawless and (b) just had an arm cut off moments before dying, which feels like a set-up for something rather than a misdirect, so I’m going to go out on a limb (sorry) and say she’ll be back in some capacity. Ooh, ooh, she can be a Deathlok!
The other big disappointment of the episode, I’m sorry to say, was a scene between Skye (Chloe Bennett) and her star-crossed beloved Ward (Brett Dalton). It wasn’t a bad scene in itself, but I felt my enthusiasm waning as they established that Ward has tried to slit his wrists inside his cell, and I was especially frustrated when Ward made a reference to Skye’s mysterious parents and Skye didn’t hear it. I hate that the show is still toying with the idea of Ward’s redemption, and I’m exhausted by Skye’s never-ending, never-really-beginning mysteries. There are better characters on this show than this watery pair.
E is for Explosions
Not a lot of boom in this episode; all of the Creel fights were surprisingly short, especially the central open air fight with Talbot where the ball and chain came into play. Actor Brian Patrick Wade is an imposing figure, and I’ve seen him do much more impressive fight scenes than these, so it seems a waste not to make better use of him
The biggest bombshell of the episode was an emotional one. At the end of last season we learned that Agent Fitz’s (Iain DeCaestecker) time under water may have given him brain damage. This episode we discover that this is indeed the case, as he’s having trouble finding his words and piecing together his thoughts. In all his scenes, Agent Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) stands dotingly at his side, fussing over him.
At the end of the episode we learn that Agent Simmons quit weeks ago to give Fitz space to recover. The person he’s been talking to is a hallucination. That’s quite a kick in the stomach.
I is for Introductions
At least three established Marvel characters joined the on-screen universe with this episode. Crusher Creel is an old-school Stan-and-Jack creation. Originally a Thor villain, his powers are Asgardian in origin in the comics, but that hasn’t been established in the show.
Lance Hunter is very loosely based on a senior British secret agent from the Captain Britain comics, created by Gary Friedrich and Herb Trimpe, but the on-screen character has almost no resemblance to him. Reed Diamond’s new villain Dr Whitehall is based on the comic book HYDRA agent Daniel Whitehall, aka Kraken, created by Jonathan Hickman. He’s best known for wearing a hat that looks like a crab. We probably won’t see Reed Diamond wearing a crab hat.
D is for Dumb Questions
Why are there multiple Koenigs (Patton Oswalt) at the various SHIELD facilities?
It was a fair question last season, but Agent Triplett (BJ Britt) asks it this episode, so perhaps we’ll get an answer. (It’s probably Life Model Decoys. Can it be that obvious?)
Who is Idaho and why does he only have one name?
OK, this may not be an important question now that he’s dead, but I confess I was scrambling around to try to identify Marvel characters from Idaho. The Leader is from Boise! And so is Gargantua, a size-shifting Master of Evil who was originally a SHIELD agent. Ooh, ooh, ooh, Idaho is Gargantua!
Who is that very tall man who keeps lurking around the new SHIELD HQ? A
ll right, I know from PR that he’s an engineer played by Henry Simmons, and I even know that the character shares a name with another SHIELD agent from the comics, but the character is so loosely established in this episode that he could easily be another Fitz hallucination. He feels like a deeply weird presence in this episode.
Blah blah blah Skye’s dad.
Who cares? No-one cares.
Next week: Melinda May rides a motorbike.
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