First, I remember S.H.I.E.L.D. as the Supreme Headquarters of International Espionage Law-enforcement Division, though that is not the acronym being used currently. I don’t know if this was made up for the movies (it was first used in Iron Man) or if it was changed in the comics. I don’t even remember what the new acronym stands for. I did not look up the original, I’ve had that memorized for many many years. This isn’t the only difference form the classic comics. There aren’t any classic comic characters among the main cast. Coulson, the leader, was created for the Marvel movies and the rest made their debut on the TV show. However, I’ve never been too big on S.H.I.E.L.D. lore, and only Nick Fury has ever been more than a periphery character in the comics. To sum up: the differences between the comics and TV don’t bother me at all.
The stories have gotten more
complicated and intense as the season has progressed, dipping slightly into the
Marvel movieverse without involving anyone directly. Unlike some, I don’t want a lot of Marvel
characters showing up. A “hero of the
week” would make the team back-ups to the mainstream Marvel stars. So I’m very happy so far. The action is intense and the tech goodies
are cool. Also, there’s the ongoing
question of Coulson’s remarkable survival.
Or…did he really survive??