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Hail Hydra: The rise of 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD'

Marvel has more than produced highly successful movies and a television show: they’ve nurtured a living entity. Their hit TV series, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” continues to tie into box-office counterparts, as well as offer weekly SHIELD adventures. The brilliance of “Agents of SHIELD” is the elaborate labyrinth which links the films to one another and to the show. The latest episodes related to “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” provides several mind-boggling twists. In fact the most recent entry, “Turn, Turn, Turn,” fused a season-spanning plotline following the shadowy “Clairvoyant” with Hydra’s infiltration of SHIELD from “The Winter Soldier.”

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD cast
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While building a universe, Marvel has fashioned a comic book-like show. As with serials, a continuing tale develops over time through regular installments. Additionally, references to and direct relationships with Marvel’s cinematic releases mimic the interconnectivity between comic book heroes. Traditionally there have been crossovers, and no less should be expected from “Agents of SHIELD.”

Interestingly, the films and series are self-supporting to a degree that viewers are able to follow one without necessarily requiring the other. Granted, it’s increasingly enlightening to watch both, but “Agents of SHIELD” and the movies are reasonably independent. That being said, Joss and Jed Whedon have superbly included cameos from Marvel favorites including Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the Asgardian Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). “Agents of SHIELD” acts as a behind the scenes glance at these and other beloved characters.

After the latest “Agents of SHIELD” episode, the intersection between the on-going movies and the series is tighter the ever. A crucial revelation regarding the Clairvoyant and hidden Hydra members arrived as not only one of the best shows to date, but one of the greatest TV twists of the year. Appropriately, “Turn, Turn, Turn” is slated to re-air in the usual 8 PM timeslot while the new episode “Providence” will follow at 9. Loving “Agents of SHIELD,” or shielding your eyes from the telly? Leave a comment below to spark the discussion!