Cthulhu on a cracker. I'm mostly posting this because its simultaneously hilarious, ridiculous, and lachrymose.
Apparently, Alyssa at ThinkProgress thinks there's been no revelation of what average people think of superheroes in the Marvel Universe
. There's no context, no background for SHIELD. She finds this disappointing, given the basic plot of Agents of SHIELD
Never mind that the Marvel Universe is approaching its its 100th birthday. There's plenty of evidence for how average people feel about superheroes -- even in the cinematic universe, since Whedon made a point
of montaging it in Avengers
, and it comes up in the Iron Man
franchise -- because it's been dealt with in a variety of ways in the comics
. I never read them, but a brief dip into Wikipedia is enough to see that, yes, there's a context for SHIELD.
The TV show is a spinoff of movies spun off of multiple comic book series that are, in some cases 50+ years old.
There is no feasible way for a TV pilot to back fill all of that in, especially when at least, what, ten movies including the overall Avengers (Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Avengers
) franchise, the X-men/Wolverine
franchise, and Fantastic Four
movies haven't done more than hint at some of it.
Inasmuch as I can understand disappointment with the script, or the acting, but recognize that the base premise, in many ways, isn't Whedon's
. He's working from a play book that has, in fact, already been written, in a universe already familiar to millions
. He wants to entice those of us who are unfamiliar or marginally familiar, but his audience is made up of people who would be bored
and turned off
by exposition about a universe they grew up with
And, quite seriously, I have to laugh at you, Alyssa. If you're interested in the "we need to discuss the deployment of superheroes in a public forum" I direct you to the Civil War
storyline. Also - did you even notice how you implied that superheroes are weapons
and not people?
Fictional people, true, but still -- not objects. The idea that a show about the structures that might support superheroes or superhero teams should be deliberately exploited for political purpose and debate in essentially real time? Please. Don't get me wrong, philosophical underpinnings are undoubtedly there, but that isn't the purpose of the show. Being disappointed that a vaguely-campy-already-has-a-fanbase show doesn't live up to your LET'S BE TOPICAL BECAUSE REASONS! expectations is ludicrous.