Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May
Chloe Bennet as Skye
Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons
Brett Dalton as Grant Ward
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s first television series, is a show that has constantly been in a state of development ever since the appearance of Grant Ward in the opening scene of the pilot.
When it first started, fans were disappointed because the show lacked interconnectivity with the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, or because it did not live up to its full potential as a show that takes place in a superheroes world. Now, season three is here, and one thing is obvious: any fan unsatisfied with the show after this year’s premiere had no intention of enjoying it to begin with.
After the events of the season two, Inhumans are “awakening” at increasingly faster rates since the introduction of the terrigen crystals into the ecosystem. Regrettably, in spite of their best efforts to keep the situation contained, Coulson and his team are finding themselves facing opposition from a new, mysterious government force that’s focused on killing these new superpowered beings.
On top of this being an exciting experience that’s playing every last card, the new season of S.H.I.E.L.D. shows the greatest amount of heart that we’ve ever seen in the show – especially relating to the Fitz/Simmons arc. When season three starts, Fitz has graduated from the lab, and the version of him we see is much different from the tech of season one. This change feels natural – a strong development for the character, considering the loss that he has experienced… and based on the first episode, he isn’t going to be the only one going through this type of change.
Regarding the ratings, S.H.I.E.L.D. is as close to the safe zone as it can get. Because it’s an ABC Studios production beginning its third season, it’s is only one renewal away from a syndication-friendly 88 episode count.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s latest season is yet another step towards the quality level of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While it might not score as high as Thor or Avengers films, it is certainly worth checking out for every Marvel fan out there.