Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

By Eric S. Brown | Nov 06, 2013

When I heard Marvel was going to be spinning a S.H.I.E.L.D TV series out of the Avengers movie, I was somewhat less than excited.

Now, after catching the first two episodes, I have to say the show has potential.  The first two episodes come across as being somewhat cheesy and certainly far the quality one expects from someone like Joss Whedon.

However, the show is also very fun and contains lots of “Easter egg” remarks and jokes that tie into the larger Marvel Universe.  Already, Tony Stark (Iron Man), Thor, and several other notable characters have received mentions on the show and Samuel Jackson even appears as Nick Fury in the second episode.

His appearance was in some ways more hurtful than helpful.  It came across as a desperate attempt to get viewers to recognize the ties between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the much more successful Marvel films.  Jackson's trade mark foul language seemed oddly out of place on the small screen and unnecessary as well.

On the upside, S.H.I.E.L.D. does open the door for many Marvel characters who would likely never reach the silver screen to be adapted into live action TV.  A weapon devised by A.I.M is featured in the first episode and one from Hydra in the second bringing both of these evil counter agencies into the show.

With a bit of luck and good writing, we could see characters like Hydra's Viper, who would make a perfect nemesis for Melinda May, or A.I.M.'s M.O.D.O.K. appearing later on.

My own hope for the S.H.I.E.L.D. series, even though it's clear they are trying to keep it at a very human level, is that Aaron Stack might eventually appear in it.  For those who not hardcore Marvel fans to the point of recognizing that name, Aaron Stack is also known as Machine Man.

Machine Man made his first appearance in the 1970s, had his own monthly series, and has been a guest star in numerous Marvel titles since then.  He was also the main character of Marvel's third Marvel Zombies mini-series.  But how does he related to S.H.I.E.L.D.?  Well, in the comics, he isn't just tied to S.H.I.E.L.D., he's a part of it.

Machine Man served as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. For some time along side Ms. Marvel as a part of her personal team of operatives.  While it's unlikely we'll Carol Danvers as Ms. Marvel on the small screen, Aaron would be a perfect choice for the show.  His powers aren't world shattering and he's a very quirky and humorous character.

Adding Machine Man to the existing S.H.I.E.L.D. team would not only give it a much more appropriate feel for a series set in a world of superheroes but also fit the existing chemistry of the series' emotional dynamic of its characters that has already been established.

If Marvel wants S.H.I.E.L.D. To be truly successful, I believe they are going to have to take the same route as the later episodes of Smallville and truly make the show seem like it's a part of the greater Marvel universe and not just a lackluster spinoff from the Avengers alone.