First Review For 'AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.'S' Pilot Episode Surfaces

The first review for the pilot episode for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has surfaced and it reveals the identity of J. August Richard's character. The pilot episode gets a 9/10 from Poptimal. Mild Spoiler Warning

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By Mark Julian - 7/19/2013

HIGHLIGHTS
J. August Richards is playing a character named Michael Peterson.
Cobie Smulders cameo as Agent Maria Hill is confirmed.
Scavenged alien tech from the Chitauri is sold on the black market.



The first review for the pilot episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has surfaced online and it contains a few spoilers, manly the confirmation of Cobie Smulders' cameo (you can hear her voice in the promo) and the identity of J. August Richards character in the pilot episode. Specifics are avoided however, there's no definitive information on the series' villains over than the fact that alien technology left over from the Chitauri invasion is being sold on the black market. Sadly, it seems J. August Richards is not playing any specific character from the published pages of Marvel Comics but the review does highlight his performance as the best of the pilot. UPDATE: Apparently the character has appeared in a Marvel comic book but it is extremely obscure. The character debuted in "Slapstick #1."

"Whedon has found the perfect balance of Marvel and his trademark witty dialogue with S.H.I.E.L.D. The world is very Marvel, with callbacks and references littered throughout the episode, but the dialogue and ensemble delivers everything you love about Whedon.

In order to track down the hooded hero, Coulson (Clark Gregg) puts together a specialized mobile team – Agent Grant Ward, Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). With the help of Skye, who is brought in by Coulson, the agents are able to learn more about Michael; how he got his powers and the threat he poses if gone unchecked.

With a strong cast and smart script, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. delivers a smart, action-packed thrill ride."

Grade – 9.0 [via Poptimal]


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Running Time: 60 min
Release Date: September 24, 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated Yet
Starring: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Brett Dalton
Directed by: Joss Whedon (pilot)
Written by: Maurissa Tancharoen (story/writer), Jed Whedon(story/writer),Jeffrey Bell (executive producer), Jeph Loeb (executive producer)

"Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson's team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker, Skye (Chloe Bennet).

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s first television series, is from executive producers Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, who co-wrote the pilot (Dollhouse, Dr.Horrible's Sing-Along Blog). Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias) and Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Lost, Heroes) also serve as executive producers. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television."
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FirstAvenger - 7/19/2013, 10:38 AM
I learned nothing!!!!
MexicanSuperman - 7/19/2013, 10:41 AM
I hope it's good but it looks to cheesy to me. Plus I hate Agent Collison with a passion and find the actor that plays him very bland, even in his other work I have seen him in he very boring.
Ocelot - 7/19/2013, 10:41 AM
Should have made a Heroes For Hire tv show instead would have been far more interesting.
Deadpoolwithcomicsans - 7/19/2013, 10:45 AM
Yeah, this show looks terrible, I mean really, you have a whole freaking comic book universe of heroes to choose from, and you give us a show about bland secret agents.
Way to [frick]ing go Disney.
ruadh - 7/19/2013, 10:52 AM
You'll all still be watching that pilot though...
MrCBM56 - 7/19/2013, 10:53 AM
The pilot gets a great review, yet users still bashing it. Wow.
Deadpoolwithcomicsans - 7/19/2013, 10:55 AM
@ruadh

I won't, I don't even care about
J. Autumn whatshisface
NovaCorpsFan - 7/19/2013, 10:56 AM
Well, I am officially going to be watching this.
SmellofDuty - 7/19/2013, 10:59 AM
Yep, it will continue to be bashed even after it comes out, but if you ask me Whedon has yet to disappoint and I doubt this will be different.
marvelstudios - 7/19/2013, 11:00 AM
Who the hell is Michael Peterson?
Mrsinister - 7/19/2013, 11:00 AM
Can't wait!!
charlie2094 - 7/19/2013, 11:01 AM
How could they do a proper superhero tv series?? Unless you're on HBO, the budget required for that would be too much. Are you all forgetting this is Marvels FIRST ever tv show. They're entirely new to this, the TV division in entirely new.

Heroes for Hire would make no sense as a TV show. Iron Fist alone would require a lot of CGI and wouldn't be anywhere near the same success as SHIELD since anyone who's seen Avengers will instantly recognise Coulson and such. Only so much they can do in TV, unlikely to get any of the actors from the movies to be in them (the bigger roles) and unlikely to want to relegate any bigger heroes to TV instead of film. Shows looks great, people are unreasonably expecting way too much. More will come in time.
seyrie - 7/19/2013, 11:01 AM
So the review gives the pilot 9/10 and fanboys are here talking trash..lol. Marvel haters are hilarious.
Masterpace - 7/19/2013, 11:05 AM
Pfff doesn't matter how good it will be it will be cancelled after first season...like firefly.
Deadpoolwithcomicsans - 7/19/2013, 11:05 AM
@Cuban

So because of my age and my interest in television, my opinion is completely invalid when it comes to entertainment?
ComicFan1134 - 7/19/2013, 11:07 AM
I'll Watch It, Sounds Ok, But I Really Don't See This Going Beyond 2 Seasons, Hopefully I'm Wrong....
JettJagguarrr - 7/19/2013, 11:07 AM
MARVEL has the big boy toyz.....all you kiddies go back and melt over your ARROW series....weak!
TheTyrantVirus - 7/19/2013, 11:07 AM
http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix2/mpeterson.htm

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Masterpace - 7/19/2013, 11:07 AM
@Deadpoolwithcomicsans problems with most of those heroes is that you usually need a lot of special effects to do it right and that costs...Also by doing show about shield they can introduce way more marvel characters than if they would focus on one hero.
SpideyQuad - 7/19/2013, 11:07 AM
Wait! I thought this was about the new WB show S*T*A**R, but then I remember there is no such show LOL :-)

I guess I'll just have to wait on news about the JL movie… But wait there is no news! LOL

I suppose they could just make something up, But wait… That's what they been doing all along LOLMAO

I have to stop before I end up wetting myself

Carry-on
TheAbomination - 7/19/2013, 11:10 AM
Two more months to go!!
seyrie - 7/19/2013, 11:11 AM
@MindRiot. No, anyone is allowed to hate the show..after they've seen it. but when its an article that's given a very good review to the pilot and all you do is talk trash about it even though you haven't seen it yet, then yes, the hater label can be attached.
Deadpoolwithcomicsans - 7/19/2013, 11:12 AM
I don't even watch Arrow, but you know what the great part about it is?

Both ARROW and AGENTS OF SHIELD are marketed as shows based on DC and MARVEL comics
But what is this?

ARROW actually has characters from the comic books!?
I never would have guessed!
dellamorte1872 - 7/19/2013, 11:14 AM
baby face up there is just a sad immature person who picks on a child like you and anyone else who doesnt share his opinion.
wookiefit76 - 7/19/2013, 11:15 AM
J. August Richards is playing a character named Michael Peterson.

Sounds like he's a basic human, but is friends with Impossible Man, Rage (Elvin Haliday), Speedball (Darrion Grobe), Turbo (Mickey Musashi). In the comics he's in high school. His helped fight Dr. Yesterday

He's appeared in:
Slapstick#1-4 (November, 1992)
Marvel Comics Presents#159-163





dellamorte1872 - 7/19/2013, 11:16 AM
i dont find this to be that special either guys honestly i wont be watching it.
wookiefit76 - 7/19/2013, 11:17 AM
I'm gonna go for a stretch and say he's a combination of a couple of different characters in the show.
BIGBMH - 7/19/2013, 11:19 AM
Charlie2094- "How could they do a proper superhero tv series?? Unless you're on HBO, the budget required for that would be too much. Are you all forgetting this is Marvels FIRST ever tv show. They're entirely new to this, the TV division in entirely new."

I completely agree. SHIELD is a smart idea for a first show in the MCU because it can touch on anything they want it to. AIM, HYDRA, other side stories from the existing movies, any emerging low level heroes, etc. There's a lot of potential there. I think it looks like a fun show.
ParisSun - 7/19/2013, 11:22 AM
I'm a huge Marvel fan but it pisses me off that Whedon has access to the Marvel Universe but gives us some generic guy with powers. Why even bother then?

I'll watch but this sounds like Mutant X with a better budget.
wookiefit76 - 7/19/2013, 11:28 AM
I think they go with no-name characters or throw away charaters so that they can leave an open roster for any movies. Take an D, E, or F-list character and F' him up and no one cares. Take an A or B-list character and F' them up and everyone goes ape. Look at any X-man movie and my point is easly made.
geno2876 - 7/19/2013, 11:28 AM
I find it hilarious that people are complaining that the show is about SHIELD agents. We're getting 2 blockbuster films from Marvel every year and there's no way a TV show with actual superheroes would work budget wise, and if it was produced the effect would look like crap. Instead we're getting a character driven show set in the Marvel Universe produced by the guy who did the Avengers film. I don't see the problem.
CherryBomb - 7/19/2013, 11:28 AM

So ... after all that, J. August Richards isn't even playing a Marvel character?
Rulk - 7/19/2013, 11:30 AM
Definitely watching this.
CaptainDoctorIamTheLaw - 7/19/2013, 11:30 AM
I enjoy watching Arrow. I'm a Marvel fanboy. This S.H.I.E.L.D television show is a dream come true for me. I don;t really care what anyone else has to say on the matter. Can't wait!
Amazing512 - 7/19/2013, 11:37 AM
Move over, Arrow
BigChuter - 7/19/2013, 11:43 AM
I think that one of the biggest things that you bonetumblers need to recognize here is the distinction between the comic book universe and the movie universe. They are not the same. They coexist and influence each other, and the movies were perhaps more dependent on the comics at first. Now, however, the MCU has the ability to expand into its own unique thing, and that means that they can do things like invent their own characters, or present unconventional interpretations of the comics (Mandarin), and still be exceptionally entertaining.

This is a good thing. It testifies to the success of the franchise that they can develop a property led completely by MCU original characters. And if that still feels too detached from the comics, just remember that they're members of SHIELD for heaven's sake.
CaptShipwreck - 7/19/2013, 11:45 AM
So how much should anybody care , when Internet babies say they won't watch something ? I mean what's the over all effect ? Do they think because they Won't watch it, it won't get made or won't ever air again... You haters think you have any real power in its success or failure ?
AsgardianHobo - 7/19/2013, 11:47 AM
To the people complaining that the J. August Richards character isn't an exact depiction of a famous Marvel character........ You do realize that this show is going to introduce a lot of different characters right? Ready to write off the show because of something didn't meet your unreasonable, narrow expectations? Have fun with that. I'll be having fun watching this show.
ruadh - 7/19/2013, 11:50 AM
So...several people in this comment section are NOT watching show, are complaining about it...yet can't wait to click on every article about it and read? Is that really the best way to spend your time? I sincerely don't get it.
ParisSun - 7/19/2013, 11:50 AM
@wookie, it would be nice if they used an actual Marvel character. That's all. I'm not asking for Luke Cage or Black Panther. I never thought they would have access to A, B or even C level Marvel hereos. But you can't tell me that using Night Thrasher or Rage would make any difference. The tv show would be a great way to show low level supers who would never make it in any movie.

And the special effects argument is silly. The previews show that the guys has super strenght and the ability to jump far.
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