Critics can carp all the want about the lack of superheroes and supervillains in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. History suggests that Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) is taking the right approach with the show, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.
Agents differs from the Marvel movies in that the story is told through the eyes of human witnesses to a superhuman world. And in that sense, the series is reminiscent of a successful Marvel comic book miniseries from the 1990s known as "Marvels." Writer Kurt Busiek and artist Alex Ross showed readers what it might be like to witness the birth of the Marvel Universe from the sidelines. Agents takes that idea and tweaks it by taking the human witnesses and making them central to the evolving storyline.
Agents star Clark Gregg might have put it best when, in an interview on Chris Hardwick's Nerdist podcast, he suggested that his character -- team leader Phil Coulson -- is a fanboy who fulfills the fanboy dream of working with superheroes. He's right. Tim says it's a dynamic that not only makes the show relatable, but which also supplies an elegant mechanism for introducing viewers to new and weird elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Do you agree? What do you hope to see next in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know where you stand.