Apparently good word of mouth over recent events in AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as doing everything possible to promote the show including a special 2-hour block, paid off as Episode 18 posted a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and garnered 5.52 million viewers (courtesy of tvbythenumbers). The 2.1 rating ties the highest since the Winter Olympics, although the 5.52 million viewers is still on the lower end of viewership. I expect younger east coast viewers are going to have to catch the episode on DVR.
Still, that’s mostly good news. The latest rumors stating that AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. will get renewed for season 2 with a shorter season of AGENT CARTER bridging the gap between Autumn and Spring is likely going to happen. I’m expecting that there still will be some changes in store for season 2, but stabilizing around a 2.0 ensures that there will be a season 2.
We’ll see if they’re able to build on this recent momentum or if it’s just going to be a holding pattern until the finale. Stringing together a bunch of episodes with raised stakes and twists and turns is the best thing that the show can do for itself. The show doesn’t have the luxury of resting on its recent laurels.
Breaking new ground for Modern Myth Media, I’m pleased to present our first theater review. Only about 90 miles from C2E2, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater is staging THE HISTORY OF INVULNERABILITY by playwright David Bar Katz through May 4, 2014. The play is set just prior to Jerry Siegel’s death in 1996 and is set in his mind as he flashes through his (somewhat selective) memories of creating Superman, selling Superman for relative peanuts, the history of Superman, Jerry’s Jewish heritage, the Holocaust, and his failures as a friend and a father. The title could easily be THE HISTORY OF VULNERABILITY as Jerry is nothing like his creation, although he wonders if there must be some Superman in him for it to come out of him. Continue reading
Returning to the Parts Unknown from which he hailed, the Ultimate Warrior (James Hellwig) passed away last night at the age of 54. Tragically, his death was just as sudden and unexpected as his sprinting ring entrances. A generation of Little Warriors, now all grown up, has lost its leader.
It wasn’t supposed to work out like this. Tying in with CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER was supposed to reignite interest in the series and lead to substantially higher ratings. Instead, early overnights has AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. at a series low 1.7 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 4.91 million viewers overall (courtesy of tvbythenumbers). So what happened? Continue reading
Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. are, for now, digging in and keeping their respective films, CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 and the MAN OF STEEL sequel, scheduled for release on May 6, 2016. It’s still early, however, and the trenches are being dug with sand shovels. No one wants a head on collision.
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. is back with “Turn, Turn, Turn,” our first look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe after it was forever changed in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. Coulson and company must combat unknown enemies posing as friends and allies. You can’t trust anyone or anything, save for the always honest analysis of our panel.
MTV has exclusively released the first clip from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. This clip provides a more complete look at the scene that opened the trailer we saw back in February. There’s also a cool glimpse of how Star-Lord’s mask will work in the film. Enjoy, then hit the jump for a look behind the scenes from director James Gunn!
Fresh off of last week’s bombshell that STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is already filming with its script and most of its cast finalized (via The Hollywood Reporter), we didn’t even have time to get 12 parsecs into the Kessel Run before news arrived today (also from THR in an exclusive report) that the original Chewbacca, 69-year-old British actor (and professional gentle giant) Peter Mayhew, will return for his fifth cinematic mission as everyone’s favorite Wookiee in the first episode of the new trilogy.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? This news is just too much fun, and yet another indication that director J.J. Abrams fully intends to honor the original characters as he simultaneously takes us to new corners of that long ago galaxy so far, far away.
Marvel Studios has another winner on its hands with CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. The latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe raked in $96.2 million (via The Hollywood Reporter) in its domestic opening weekend, an April box office record. The post-AVENGERS multiplier was in full effect, as this total is a 48% increase over CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER’s opening frame in July 2011.
Superhero Summer has come early in 2014 with the release of Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. As April box office records begin to fall, The Gentlemen sit down to discuss Cap’s first solo outing in the modern world. Please enjoy our complete analysis in this MMM tradition- our roundtable review.