Stephen Amell Comments On ARROW & AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D Comparisons

Arrow star Stephen Amell and executive producer Andrew Kriesberg speak out on the comparisons between Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "I realize Agents of SHIELD is an easy comparison, but it's also kind of lazy."

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By Superhero96 - 12/31/2013
Fans online have been hammering Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and praising Arrow. Some people have even begun to say that AoS needs to look to Arrow to see how to make a good comic book show. Now Stephen Amell has taken to Facebook and has commented on the comparisons.


"Yes... I do have a comment.

We are not in competition with other television shows. I realize Agents of SHIELD is an easy comparison, but it's also kind of lazy. We aren't trying to be the best comic book show, we're trying to be THE best hour of entertainment. Period.

There still seems to be a distinction that assumes television is somehow inferior to cinema... I think that's ridiculous. We embrace the rigors of an episodic schedule, use them to our advantage and churn out a kick ass product with a high degree of difficulty and virtually no margin for error. 966 minutes of programming every year.

I couldn't be prouder of what we do and that sense of accomplishment is based solely on the quality of our product, not the performance of anyone else's."




These comparisons have also reached their way to Arrow's executive producer Andrew Kreisberg who dismisses the idea that Arrow has any competition.


“We don’t really feel like we’re in competition with anybody else, we’re only trying to outdo ourselves as we move forward.”



Arrow returns from mid-season hiatus on January 15th.

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Running Time: 60 min
Release Date: (Season Two) October 9th, 2013
MPAA Rating: Tv-14
Starring: Katie Cassidy, Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Byron Mann, Colin Donnell, Colin Salmon, Paul Blackthorne, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Roger R. Cross and Willa Holland
Creators: Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Characters: George Papp (character) and Mort Weisinger (character)

"After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine."
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Firgosaurus - 12/31/2013, 10:49 PM
Cancel Agent of Shit and replace it with Luke Cage and Dann Rand Power Hour.
AUSSYACE - 12/31/2013, 10:53 PM
This show is easily the BEST on TV at the moment and I agree with what Stephen said...

I have watched all episodes of SHIELD and it truly is garbage with those 2 scientists trying to be funny is just poor lazy humour...

I would have no problems with the Arrow appearing on the Big Screen with the rest of the gang in MOS 2...

OH YEAH...Felicity is Smoking HOT in that pic above as well...
Tyrus - 12/31/2013, 10:56 PM
Agents of SHIELD is a complete embarrassment. Marvel let DC have the jump on them for once.
thunderforce - 12/31/2013, 11:11 PM
These comparisons are BS , Arrow is a stand alone show where they are the most important and only part . AOS is just a small part of a giant universe . To compare the two is like comparing the most awesome ant hill with the arm of the space shuttle . Yea that ant hill is awesome but the arm is small part of a team that will do much greater things than an ant hill .
CaptainObvious - 12/31/2013, 11:11 PM
I'm going to give Agents of SHIELD one last chance with the mid-season premiere. If it fails to hook me, I'm dropping it.
GuardianAngel - 12/31/2013, 11:22 PM
Obviously THIS is the best CBTV show!

Mechagino - 12/31/2013, 11:29 PM
Well seeing how Arrow is getting a lot of praise and I'm hearing a lot about it as oppose to agents of shield, yeah... Not big surprise.
Jollem - 12/31/2013, 11:56 PM
"Yes... I do have a comment.

We are not in competition with other television shows. I realize Agents of SHIELD is an easy comparison, but it's also kind of lazy. We aren't trying to be the best comic book show, we're trying to be THE best hour of entertainment. Period.

There still seems to be a distinction that assumes television is somehow inferior to cinema... I think that's ridiculous. We embrace the rigors of an episodic schedule, use them to our advantage and churn out a kick ass product with a high degree of difficulty and virtually no margin for error. 966 minutes of programming every year.

I couldn't be prouder of what we do and that sense of accomplishment is based solely on the quality of our product, not the performance of anyone else's."
Jollem - 1/1/2014, 12:01 AM


BatmanRobinNightwing - 1/1/2014, 12:28 AM
Arrow is the best tv show at the moment(imo). Icant wait for the announcement where they admit that arrow is in the DCU(signs already point towards it being included). If people can live with AoShit being in the marvel universe than arrow is a must considering it destroys AoShit in every category except rating but thats only because of the avengers promos hyping it up. Also Stephen Amell is such a badass and is so great with fans. He deserves to be in the JL
sameoldthing - 1/1/2014, 1:04 AM
ARROW is a cool show. Much better than AOS.
It's not the best show on tv but it keeps getting better.
batmanvsuperman - 1/1/2014, 1:26 AM
If u ppl notice arrow will have five season maybe more because each year on the island on the show is a season so its five years he was on the island at season 5 the island story should be over it should end where the show start him running threw the jungle after the boat..but it should be more then five season I know it will be..
Tyrus - 1/1/2014, 2:04 AM
Six seasons and a movie!
batmanvsuperman - 1/1/2014, 2:25 AM
^ yes I really think its connected to th dcu
charlie2094 - 1/1/2014, 3:11 AM
I agree, AoS and Arrow are completely different shows, but easy to compare given both being comic book shows...though, AoS could definitely benefit from looking at Arrows lead, once Arrow pushed the cliched relationships and such to the background and slowed down with the villain a week format and focused on longer more dramatic stories, it became brilliant!

AoS has potential, but needs a major overhaul to reach it, I'm giving it the mid-season premiere to interest me or I'm done, shouldn't take this long for a show to get good
DEVLIN712 - 1/1/2014, 3:49 AM
I have so much respect for Amell, being in the position that he's init would be easy to belittle AoS, instead he gave a sensible, non-flame war starting comment.
DarthMauve - 1/1/2014, 3:49 AM
I enjoy them both :)

Also bear in mind Arrow has had an entire season to get its crap together, AoS is only halfway through its first.
MrReese - 1/1/2014, 5:19 AM
Arrow>AoS
MightyZeus - 1/1/2014, 5:35 AM
Both tv shows are different in tone and the way each show depends on the source material.
Just get rid of Agent of Shield and bring in The Defenders, Daredevil and Luke Cage.
rocky - 1/1/2014, 5:38 AM
Arrow is my favorite superhero show ever
I enjoy AoS but they have plenty of room to improve and I think it will

Amell is also 100% about the "lazy" comparisons which is why I'm not surprised it's one that keeps being made in these boards by some
2gold - 1/1/2014, 5:39 AM
Leave AOS as the ONLY ABC show and let Netflix be the full time runner of the others. I want Marvel to have some freedom and not need to be worrying about whether or not the general nielsen public which makes shows like So You Think You Can Dance? hits deciding the fate of characters anymore.

And Stephen Amell seems like a cool dude and he has really grabbed this role as his own. I'm disappointed they may be once again making two different DC universes instead of one but I suppose it works out in the long run as to what they can do.
Enphlieuwince - 1/1/2014, 5:47 AM
It's comparing apples to oranges...
thewonderer - 1/1/2014, 5:48 AM
Lol Tyrus, at "once"
jcfrommars9 - 1/1/2014, 5:52 AM
I think Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a dead end show myself but if you need or want to call the show Agents of Shit to project how you feel about it then it's likely not as bad as you think.
amebaboy - 1/1/2014, 5:54 AM
I believe in Stephen Amell, Grant Gustin and Caity Lotz. I hope they are in the DCU. If there are two different DC universes instead of one, Snyder will have to find better actors for the role than the three mentioned above. It would be no easy. The most important thing is that Amell, Gustin and Lotz really love their characters.
Liverpool4life - 1/1/2014, 5:56 AM
^^^^^^^

No surprises here. The usual suspects.
dean - 1/1/2014, 5:58 AM
I got bored of watching the same comment again and again just because some known names appeared in arrow or the 'surprises' that you can say they did because of their past faults.

Agents is not a superhero based show and everyone bush it and praise arrow for what? Bad character development that shows multi personality? bad acting? or half the cast with daddy issues?
Yea arrow became better over time but still is based on a soap opera with 50% of the characters with the maturity of 15year old kids.
both needs work to be 'a good show' but arrow is very far from the 'best show on tv'.
DrunkenNukem - 1/1/2014, 6:01 AM
they know AOS its no competition...its like comparing OKC to Detroit Pistons...come on..
grog - 1/1/2014, 6:02 AM
I have seen every episode of both Arrow and Agents of Shield. First let me say that between the 2 I prefer Arrow. Now that being said. What everybody seems do be forgetting is. Agents of Shield is about the agents who work for Shield NOT super heroes. It is a damn spy show, granted not a very good spy show, but that's what Shield is.
Enphlieuwince - 1/1/2014, 6:04 AM
" If there are two different DC universes instead of one, Snyder will have to find better actors for the role than the three mentioned above. It would be no easy."

Really? You really believe there would be an exhaustive search to find more talented actors for these roles in a movie? Okay...

"The most important thing is that Amell, Gustin and Lotz really love their characters."

Lol... To a fan maybe. Love for their respective characters is a bonus, but, let's not go overboard on how it relates to quality work.
Gmoney84 - 1/1/2014, 6:09 AM
Arrow is easily the better show. AoS has great potential, it just hasn't been fully tapped yet.
DrunkenNukem - 1/1/2014, 6:13 AM
If Clark Gregg...becomed agent coulson in iron man 2 Thor and The Avengers..coming from that shit show called: the new adventures of old christine.....Amell could be in a WB/DC movie with no problem
JoeMomma29 - 1/1/2014, 6:13 AM
There is no comparison!!!!!!! Arrow is an amazing show on a level we have never seen before. Agents of Shield is another story, it is a product that was forced down fans throats and of course some of the fanboys love it because it has Marvel's stamp on it.

I expected more from Marvel and I am excited for the Netflix shows starting in 2015.
SimpleeComplex - 1/1/2014, 6:15 AM
Only thing AOS and Arrow have in common is that they are comic book properties on live action TV. Now if Arrow were based on a group of no name lames with no skills or powers bearing a comic book name then there would be similarities. Or maybe if Marvel made it a show about Hawkeye and other lesser known members of Secret Avengers, New Avengers, etc who kicked ass then maybe it would Arrow some competition, but that's not the case....and Arrow has Felicity Smoakin Hot! Lol
Enphlieuwince - 1/1/2014, 6:18 AM
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xinstituto - 1/1/2014, 6:23 AM
both series are boring
Enphlieuwince - 1/1/2014, 6:24 AM
@SimpleeComplex - 1/1/2014, 6:15 AM

"Only thing AOS and Arrow have in common is that they are comic book properties on live action TV. Now if Arrow were based on a group of no name lames with no skills or powers bearing a comic book name then there would be similarities. Or maybe if Marvel made it a show about Hawkeye and other lesser known members of Secret Avengers, New Avengers, etc who kicked ass then maybe it would Arrow some competition, but that's not the case....and Arrow has Felicity Smoakin Hot! Lol"

jcfrommars9 - 1/1/2014, 6:43 AM
@JoeMomma29

There is no comparison!!!!!!! Arrow is an amazing show on a level we have never seen before. Agents of Shield is another story, it is a product that was forced down fans throats and of course some of the fanboys love it because it has Marvel's stamp on it.

I couldn't disagree more about Arrow. For me, neither of these shows are worth the trouble or held my interest beyond the first few episodes. I tried to get into them both but one suffers from melodrama, the other one suffers from not having any interesting characters.

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thewonderer - 1/1/2014, 6:48 AM
It's interesting seeing people complain about the soap opera nature of Arrow when comic books are soap operas. Overdramatized accounts of ridiculous things.

Arrow is phenomenal and I have yet to see someone watch all to where it is now, halfway in season 2, and complain about it.

So good. Music, fight choreography, main characters, comic references and respect have all become perfect as of season 2.
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