#200 - Predictions

A NEW DIRECTION FOR [SHIELD.]

With the arrival of September we will be heading into a frenzy of new fall programming on all local networks. In those shows, we have around six shows that are inspired by comic books. While Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are returning for a second season, we will also have the pleasure of viewing the Arrow spin-off show The Flash, a series titled Gotham focusing on the city and villains before Batman came into existence, the master of the dark arts Constantine and lastly a show focused on Agent Carter from the Captain America franchise. While I am currently still trying to catch up in the Arrow franchise, I do enjoy Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and also am very looking forward to what direction the second season will take.

I understand there was quite a negative backlash towards the show in the first season and to some degree I understand where it came from. Expectation were skyrocketing as everyone found out that there was going to be a TV show with characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Adding to the hype, we were going to see the revival of everyone’s favorite agent Phil Coulson. One could see that the show did market itself as showing regular people in the world of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America yet we never felt a true impact of those films without a few special crossovers, where the one focusing on Thor only glanced at the events of the movie. Still, most of the show was truly building up to the fall of SHIELD, which made one questions if there truly was a necessity for the show to even exist. With the ending showing us that the show will rebuild SHIELD from scratch. With whatever they are building too, here is my list of things I am hoping for in season 2.

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#101 - To Market An Ant-Man

TO [MARKET.] AN ANT-MAN

With the recent success of Guardians of the Galaxy, one must wonder what this could mean for Marvel Studio’s next big gamble, Ant-Man. While one would assume that Marvel Studio as a brand has evolved to prove enough boost for any film franchise they will release, there is still a level of uncertainty due to character. How do you sell or market Ant-Man? The original Ant-Man, Hank Pym invented a particle, which allows him to change his size at will, and a helmet that allows him to communicate with ants. Not only will a few people be questioning the effectiveness of such a character when his future teammates consist of a super soldier, the strongest there is, a god and a man in a heavily armored suit, but how will this character work on screen? Due to Honey, I Shrunk The Kids hit theaters we can believe that a person can change size and be effectively displayed on screen, but how will it work for a superhero? In a strange way, Marvel Studios and Edgar Wright already proved that it was possible due to a test footage released not too long ago, as he stated he was waiting for technology to reach this exact point.

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