Comic Book and Film Tie-Ins Could Save ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

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After the first half of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s premiere season was met with fan disappointment and declining ratings, the folks at Marvel have worked to improve the show, and the fans should be excited. Now that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has established their characters, they will be including more film and comic book tie-ins, which fans thought were sorely lacking. Really, how could you have a show based on comic book characters and then not use any fan favorites?

The show’s executive producer Jeffrey Bell and head of Marvel TV Jeff Leob are working to appease the fans that granted Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. record-breaking ratings for the series premiere. They confirmed that Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) will become Deathlok — a half human, half robot cyborg from the comics.

Following fan disappointment with the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tie-in episode with Thor: the Dark World, Marvel is trying again with the appearance of Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) in episode 15. She will travel to Earth to track Lorelei, an Asgardian sorceress from the Marvel comics.

Additionally, Bill Paxton signed on for a four-episode story arc as John Garrett, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who appeared in the comics. 

Fans are sure to be excited that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  is finally — finally! — living up to its potential as a comic book television show. Although the series was never meant to be about superheroes, just exceptional S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who were also human, Marvel is known for its superheroes. 

Even if it’s not Iron Man or Captain America’s show, there is a whole universe of characters to use from the comic books. Finally, it appears Marvel and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will give the fans what they want: more crossover with the film franchise and more comic book characters.