Welliver Returning As Agent Blake in AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Titus Welliver, who joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Agent Blake in the AVENGERS-attached Marvel One-Shot, ITEM 47, will reprise his role on the upcoming sixth episode of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Check out the full synopsis for “FZZT” below, courtesy of Marvel.

“FZZT” – When floating bodies turn up, Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D must hunt down an elusive killer. No one is safe–not even the team–on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on the ABC Television Network.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons.

Guest starring are Titus Welliver as Agent Blake, Vincent Laresca as Tony Diaz, Robert Maffia as Baker, David Michael Paul as Justin, Rick Gifford as Adam Cross, Thomas Robie as scout #1, Trevor Larcom as scout #2, Caleb Burgess as scout #3, Jake Brennan as scout #4 and Troy Glass as scout #5.

“FZZT” was written by Paul Zbyszewski and directed by Vincent Misiano.

Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”) comes Marvel’s first TV series.  “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.

 

 

Review: ARROW Ep. 201 ‘City of Heroes’

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Check out the most recent episode of MMM TV for our initial reaction to last night’s episode of Arrow.

(Green) Arrow has returned to Starling City to help its inhabitants rebuild from the destruction of the devastating earthquake from the end of last season!

Well, not really.

Season two picks up in virtually the same place as season one began. Oliver Queen was back on the same island he escaped just 12 months ago. This time, by his own choice of self-imposed exile. I have to admit I was a bit surprised at this choice. It accomplished the task of showing that Oliver has withdrawn from everything and everyone in the wake of his life-long best friend’s death but it gave the distinct impression that Mr. Queen still has some growing up to do. In my opinion, it was a step back in his character arc that wasn’t completely necessary. Obviously, we needed to see Oliver dealing with the ramifications of Tommy’s death but running away from the city he swore to save just a few months ago seems a bit off. Continue reading

REVOLUTION: Season Two Review- “Love Story”

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Well, look at that! “Love Story” delivered another strong episode for REVOLUTION’s second season. The episode steadily built tension across multiple storylines before an explosive fourth act that ended with a reveal showing how connected those storylines actually are.

Miles vs. Titus

Our adventure began with Miles still trapped behind the red door in Titus’ House of Horrors, being strapped down for a blood transfusion into Titus’ sick wife. Luckily, Rachel knew exactly how to infiltrate the room so she could save him just in time.

NOTE TO THE BAD GUYS: If your lair has an unguarded drain pipe that leads directly to one of the reasons for your said villainy… you’re doing it wrong.

It felt a little rushed, but I’m glad the rescue happened early and didn’t take the entire episode the way I suspect it would have in the first season. Getting Miles back to town as quickly as they did allowed the episode to spend its time with a story that was far more interesting than another yet another REVOLUTION rescue mission.

This also allowed Miles more screen time than he’s received so far this season, and in a different way than we’re used to seeing him. After losing the ability to outfight his enemy, he was forced to outthink them. Billy Burke’s portrayal effectively conveyed the controlled desperation of a leader aware that the end is near but struggling to salvage any victory he can.

This created an interesting dichotomy with Titus, whose war clan gave him the ability to outfight Miles but not outthink him as long as his wife was a prisoner. Their standoff at the town gates was a great expression of this, and both actors’ performances made this scene work well. Matt Ross (Titus) was a barely restrained fury when demanding the release of his wife, and knowing that his fury unleashed would result in the deaths of everyone in town upped a level of tension that remained through most of the episode.

Neville’s Interrogation

Another episode, another magnificent performance by Giancarlo Esposito, who continues exude a deadly single mindedness as a man driven only by revenge. After being outed as a former officer of the Monroe Militia, Neville found himself at a disadvantage when the Patriots saw through all of his lies. With nothing left to lose, he decided to tell the truth… most of it, anyway.

He dropped the controlled smile of defiance and told the Patriots of his desire for vengeance. But instead of letting them in on the part of the plan that called for their destruction, he focused his anger on Monroe. While his interrogator didn’t believe him, Neville was saved by the last second intervention of Justine Allenford, who decided to keep him around (on a short leash, anyway) for awhile longer.

The Patriots

What a fantastic job REVOLUTION is doing of revealing the full extent of the Freemasons/Illuminati Patriots’ villainy slowly and effectively rather than all at once (unlike the Monroe Militia last year). I’m really enjoying their phantom menacing of what remains of the United States through nuclear genocide and proxy threats that they can swoop in and “save” people from to insure their loyalty and adoration.

To what end, we don’t yet know, but it’s an effective strategy. A smiling, hopeful face offering you protection and stability in the face of fifteen dark years is an enticing prospect. They’re executing their plan brilliantly and I’m eager to see where this is all going, especially with the added knowledge that they want Monroe and Rachel captured alive.

Overall

I’m really enjoying this season of REVOLUTION so far. It’s firing on nearly all cylinders and has found a perfect balance of the kind of world building that attracted me to the show in the first place with the kind of character building that was lacking in Season One.

I’m not quite ready to call it a comeback yet, 3 out of 23 episodes don’t redeem an entire series. But I’m really starting to believe in this show again, and I’m looking forward to next Wednesday.

Randomness

Was it just me, or did the deputy look like Rick Grimes of THE WALKING DEAD? I know it wasn’t him, but still…

Showing the Patriots to be two steps ahead of the most intelligent character on the show (Neville) was a great way of elevating them as a serious and legitimate threat.

I’m still waiting to see more from him this season, but I’m taking Monroe’s decision not to shoot Charlie (I would’ve) as another sign that losing everything has shaken him of his megalomania. I like the idea of exploring this in future episodes and am hoping they do.

Charlie is (for me) still far from tolerable, but she’s growing on me… a little.

REVOLUTION: Season Two Review- Episode Two, “There Will Be Blood”

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Picked Up For Full Season

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Great news, Marvel fans! ABC has picked up MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. for a full first season. This means fans will see 22 episodic adventures featuring Agents Coulson, Ward, May, Fitz, Simmons, and Skye. Though ratings have declined since the pilot became the highest rated TV drama debut in four years, S.H.I.E.L.D. remains one of the top performers in its time slot, edging out perpetual leader NCIS in key demos this week. In addition to live viewership, the series has excelled in DVR, VOD, and streaming viewership.

Better still, is the improving quality of the program with many considering this week’s episode the best yet. You can check out our full reviews of each episode on the MODERN MYTH MEDIA TELEVISION EDITION podcast every week. Our most recent review for episode 103, “The Asset,” is available now.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Countdown #6

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Off to Knowhere we go for another edition of MMM’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Countdown! This week, there’s nothing but love and generosity as principal photography is in its final days and so many members of the cast have already wrapped. Nebula herself, Karen Gillan, also checks in with a very brief hint as to what kind of heroes the Guardians will be.

Good Bad Guys

During the press junket for her new film, NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING, Karen Gillan sat down with Total Film and shed some light on her GOTG character, Nebula. Along with Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser, Nebula is obviously a villain in the film. What’s more interesting, however, is the antiheroic fashion in which Gillan characterized the Guardians.

What’s different about GUARDIANS is that everybody is a bad guy. There’s just good guys within the bad guys.

Gillan’s description ought to be a short, but sweet bit of music to the ears of GUARDIANS fans, as it suggests a rather faithful adaptation of the team from Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s 2008 comic book run. The members of the GOTG are not evil, per se, but they’re not exactly Steve Rogers disciples either. They are very much a ragtag group of antiheroes who are far more concerned with how effective they are than how good they look to outsiders.

Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is frequently defiant, acting before providing verbal justification, which could certainly lead to a perception of him being a bad guy. Think Captain Jack Sparrow with a better equilibrium. In the footage shown at San Diego Comic Con and the D23 Expo, Quill was already seen committing an apparent act of thievery. He, along with the rest of his teammates, were in a cosmic police lineup as the sizzle reel came to a close.

Speaking of Quill’s teammates, both Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) are both known for having checkered pasts that make it difficult for even their fellow Guardians to trust them. In their own way, both are loose cannons, but more deadly. Drax can be a stone cold killer whose ruthlessness is outweighed only by his effectiveness. The same can be said for Gamora, The Most Dangerous Woman In The Universe, whose temper runs even hotter than Drax’s, perhaps making her the more frightening of the two. They can both be bad, and you wouldn’t want to cross either one of them.

Rocket Raccoon and Groot are a little tougher to place in the antihero category, but their freakish appearance helps them fit right in with a band of misfits no one believes in. Rocket is more sarcastic than anything else, but his advanced weaponry skills make him an unconventional threat. It’s hard to see anything bad in a giant tree yelling, “I AM GROOT,” so it will be very interesting to see how much Groot’s royal comic book backstory, if any, makes it into the film.

One thing’s for sure, however, these GUARDIANS ain’t the flarkin’ AVENGERS.

 

James Gunn Can’t Say Anything About A Trailer

Earlier this week, director James Gunn was asked if he knew when a trailer for GOTG would make its way to fans and he responded with the following:

We may not know when it’s coming, but thanks to Gunn, we at least know a date has been set for the teaser trailer. It’s a little difficult to imagine that Gunn, still caught up in the actual production of the film, would know or care when a teaser trailer was coming unless it was debuting in the relatively near future. The most likely date remains on or around November 8, when THOR: THE DARK WORLD hits theaters. It could come even sooner than that, however, as the THOR sequel opens in many international markets on October 30.

If THOR: THE DARK WORLD comes and goes without a GOTG teaser, then we may as well start a betting pool.

 

It’s A Wrap, For Some!

As this article is published, only two days remain in principal photography for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. The three-month shoot seems to have gone well, based on the obvious love the cast and crew have developed for one another. While the final film is what matters most, GOTG needed chemistry within its cast in order to have its best chance at working and it appears that prerequisite has been met. We leave you this week with a reminder to watch PARKS AND RECREATION tonight at 8:00pm (7:00pm Central) on NBC and some of the best wrap tweets and Instagrams from director James Gunn and his GUARDIANS.

MMM TV: ARROW Ep. 201 ‘City Of Heroes’

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MMM TV is back with a brand new podcast dedicated to the second season premiere of ARROW. At the end of the first season, Oliver Queen lost. The Glades, a less affluent section of Starling City, lies in ruin. We shared our thoughts on the inaugural season of ARROW back in episode 126 of the MODERN MYTH MEDIA PODCAST. Now, we turn our attention to The Hood’s rebuilding efforts and see how well the show is following up on its previous success.

Download the show HERE.

MMM TV: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 103 ‘The Asset’

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The LEVEL 7 podcast is now the MODERN MYTH MEDIA TELEVISION EDITION! Paul, Justin, and I are still here, though, to discuss the latest episode of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., “The Asset.” Agent Coulson and his team resume their journey into mystery, entering much more fantastical territory. Has Gravitonium made for a better show? Listen and find out, then come back tomorrow for an episode of MMM TV dedicated to the season premiere of ARROW!

Download the show HERE.

First Teaser for STAR WARS REBELS

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We got our first look at next year’s STAR WARS REBELS animated series with a 15 second teaser that aired on Disney XD last night. The teaser featured an Imperial Star Destroyer gliding through space in an overhead shot replicating the now iconic opening shot of the STAR WARS saga. The Star Destroyer is revealed to be towing the STAR WARS REBELS logo before the logo detaches and is shown to be a ship, which then vanishes into hyperspace.

While the teaser revealed almost nothing, it was nice to see an Imperial Star Destroyer done in STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS style animation. The voiceover also stated, “the Jedi will rise”, indicating a survivor of Order 66 will be a part of the new show (hoping for Ahsoka Tano, myself), which is a new piece of information.

For those of you disappointed in the lack of new content, patience. Lucasfilm will be revealing more at this week’s New York Comic Con. If you’re a STAR WARS fan, this is where the fun of speculation begins.

STAR WARS REBELS Animated Series Announced

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MMM Podcast #145: BREAKING BAD

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A special show deserves a special edition of the MMM Podcast. In the wake of its remarkable series finale, John Bierly and I sit down to discuss BREAKING BAD. We examine some of the most pivotal moments in the show’s 62-episode run along with some of our personal favorites. We also look at the evolution of the series’ unforgettable characters and how our perceptions of them changed as the story progressed. Finally, we assess the legacy Vince Gilligan’s series has left behind.

Download the show HERE.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD TV Spot & Featurettes

Marvel Studios continues to put on the full court marketing press for THOR: THE DARK WORLD. The latest feast offered for your eyes includes a third television spot and a second featurette that were released yesterday. For good measure, we’ve included the first featurette released earlier this week as it somehow averted our gaze. Enjoy.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD arrives in theaters on November 8.

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