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Marvel's Agents of SHIELD has been off to a lackluster start. Though not a bad show, it didn't capture the attention of many of the viewers that first tuned into the spinoff from the Marvel movie-verse. Some of this is to be expected, but the cookie cutter formula and lack of character development for the first half dozen episodes was disheartening for many more.
Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell spoke with CBR this week and has a message for fans: the show is just getting started and it's all been part of the build.
What I think people will see in episode 10 is how things we laid out in episode 1 and episode 3 and episode 4 and episode 5 and other episodes actually all start to come together, and you see pieces come together in 10.
He recognizes the inconsistent nature of creators looking at the fanbase as a whole. With so many conflicting desires when you look at what one fan wants versus another, Bell says it is their job to lead the fans, not follow. Believing that when the pieces begin to fall into place, fans will be happy at how the story has built and fit together.
This week's episode will be the mid-season finale. With, episode 10, 'The Bridge,' we'll see the return of Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) from the pilot.
J. did such a good job on our pilot, and fan reaction was terrific. We always had an idea of different ways to bring him back... when we go up against people with punchy jumpy powers like some of the Centipede characters have, it made sense for us to enlist someone who might have a similar skillset...
He also addressed the fan desire to see more characters from the Marvel universe used in the show. Bell expects fans will be pleased not only with familiar faces they may find for the show, but also with the writing style having a familiar "Marvel feel" to it.
I think fans will experience the episodes as being a bit more "Marvel." I mean that on several levels. I think we're always looking to find characters either from the Marvel movie universe or the comic universe that fans would recognize.
Want to know more? Check out the full interview at CBR.
"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" episode "The Bridge" airs 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, on ABC.