I didn’t see the first Avengers film until it came out on DVD. Or it might even have been Netflix, actually.
It wasn’t a conscious avoidance, and I still hold up the lead-in — Captain America: The First Avenger — as one of my favourite of Marvel’s phase one films. I think, on some level, I just struggle with the tentpole, beauty parade idea of the Avengers films.
I get the idea. It’s nice to bring all the heroes together, and not have the inevitable “What the hell is everyone else doing whilst Christopher Ecclestone mullers London?” questions arise. But there’s something conceited about them, something like playing to the gallery. It doesn’t feel like it’s challenging anything or pushing any boundaries. It’s simply giving the fans what they want.
Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But I’m not going to pretend that I’m not looking forward to Captain America: Civil War a lot more than Avengers: Age of Ultron.
It’s at this point that I start to wish I had seen more of Agents of SHIELD. It would be nice to have another Marvel TV series to make a comparison to.
Lacking such a comparison, I must examine Agent Carter on its own merits. The first episode had promise, but was a bit rough around the edges. The second one tightened the plot arcs up, but still left room for improvement. It falls, then, to episode three to get things running along a track which can sustain an action/SF show for at least one series.
From what I’ve seen so far, it does deserve that sort of success. It’s taking a side character from one of their tentpole films, and putting up a world of interest around her whilst at the same time giving colour to some of the in-universe history and filling the between-film blanks.
Yeah, I desperately want Marvel to work its magic and make a success of this.
The pilot episode of Agent Carter had its ups and downs, as you’d expect of any new TV show. It has the advantage, apparently, of its trail being blazed not only by two Captain America films and the Marvel juggernaut in general, but by a short film. I haven’t seen it, but that goes for a quite a bit of stuff I find.
Anyway, the 1940s setting is clearly something which Marvel are looking to make the most of. No complaints there, as I said about the pilot the first Captain America was for a long time my favourite Marvel film.
Like many pilots, “This is Not the End” was a bit fast paced, like it was in a hurry to get there. The rest of the basics were mostly there, though, so it falls to the second episode to put a harness on the whole thing and bring it to heel.