Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) is one of the first live action Marvel TV series to use the updated storylines, characters and mythos from the Marvel movies—specifically the storylines which were developed for the Captain American, Iron Man, Thor, and Avengers films. The series has had ups and downs with its ratings, but has been consistently praised by Marvel fans for being engaging, interesting and a worthwhile addition to the Marvel mythos. Just how much do you really know about Agents of SHIELD? The following are 4 surprising facts about the show and its production.
Clark Gregg reprises a surprising role
In The Avengers, the character of Phil Coulson–played by Clark Gregg–was killed by Loki. In Agents of SHIELD, it is revealed that Nick Fury decided that he wanted to use Coulson’s death in order to motivate the Avengers into action. In Agents of SHIELD, Phil Coulson is revived from death on the orders of Nick Fury; the method of revival is kept top secret.
The show establishes Marvel villain backstories
The show has already taken the time to establish the backstories of several Marvel characters, in particular the villains. For example, the show introduced the character of Franklin Hall, who would eventually become Graviton. It also introduced Donnie Gill, who would eventually become the villain Blizzard, an enemy of Iron Man.
SHIELD stands for something
SHIELD isn’t just a fancy name. It stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
The show has had to skirt around certain characters due to copyrights
There are certain names, words and phrases that Marvel is not allowed to use in its live action film or TV properties due to copyright and ownership laws. One of the most notable examples that affect the show is the fact that Fox Studios owns all of the rights to use the word “mutants” in Marvel properties. Scorch from the show is actually a mutant from a Marvel comic book series, but since Agents of SHIELD is not allowed to call him a mutant, they use words like “gifted,” or “special” instead. This may be a reference to the X-Men comics, since the school for mutants is called a school for “gifted” students. Agents of SHIELD has also had to skirt around certain storylines and characters because Marvel is not technically allowed to use them in live action film or TV adaptations. Hop over here for information about other entertainment options.