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Marvel Worldwide Inc., commonly referred to as Marvel Comics and formerly Marvel Publishing, Inc. and Marvel Comics Group, is an American publisher of comic books and related media. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Worldwide's parent company.

Marvel counts among its characters such well-known properties as Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America and the Avengers and antagonists such as Loki, Thanos, and the Red Skull. Most of Marvel's fictional characters operate in a single reality known as the Marvel Universe, with locations that mirror real-life cities.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a media franchise and shared fictional universe that is centered on a series of superhero films, independently produced by Marvel Studios and based on characters that appear in publications by Marvel Comics. The shared universe, much like the original Marvel Universe in comic books (Earth-616), was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters.

Elements from Marvel Comics brought into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Edit

CharactersEdit

Upcoming charactersEdit

Notes:

  1. Even though only her first name, "Daisy", has been officially revealed on the show, the creators of the series confirmed that Skye is an adaptation of Daisy Johnson. Moreover, her nickname "Skye", which originates from the show, is also the name of another, unrelated Marvel comic book character, a brief supporting character of War Machine.
  2. These characters all made their debuts in films/one-shots which are part of the MCU, before appearing on the show.
  3. Even though only his first name, "Cal", which is short of Calvin, has been officially revealed on the show, the creators of the series confirmed that he is an adaptation of Calvin Zabo.
  4. The character shares only her name with a comic book character, whose sole appearance was in Original Sins #2.

General impact of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the MCU in Marvel Comics and other mediaEdit

The recognizability of the MCU's version of Fury portrayed by Jackson in the films led Marvel to retire the original character, replacing him with his African American son Nick Fury, Jr., who bears a strong resemblance to the MCU version and the Ultimate Marvel version of Nick Fury, which the cinematic version is based on. The character of Nick Fury, Jr. (originally known as Marcus Johnson) was introduced in the mini-series Battle Scars, and in its final issue he was revealed as the son of the original. After he joined S.H.I.E.L.D., Johnson is also given the Super Soldier uniform that Steve Rogers once wore. Fury Jr. later joins the Secret Avengers. The reaction by comic book fans to the revelation of Johnson being Fury's son and his replacing his father has been mixed.

In the series Battle Scars (2012), writers Matt Fraction, Chris Yost and Cullen Bunn with artist Scot Eaton brought Phil Coulson into the mainstream Marvel Universe. In the sixth and final issue, the character codenamed "Cheese" is revealed to be Phil Coulson as he and Nick Fury, Jr. go into battle. The character later had a starring character in the Secret Avengers series (2013). In 2014, the Ultimate version of Phil Coulson will debut in the Ultimate FF title.

In 2014, an Iron Patriot monthly series was launched, starring James Rhodes. The Iron Patriot armor and alias was originally used in the comics by Norman Osborn during the Dark Reign storyline, but the first time that the suit was used by Rhodes was in MCU's live action film, Iron Man 3. Taking on the post-War Machine role like he did in the MCU, Colonel James Rhodes wears yet another back-up Iron Patriot armor, per S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson's suggestion in the Secret Avengers series.[1]

Since the release of the live action film, The Avengers (2012), Hawkeye's costume in the comics has also been changed to be in line with the appearance of the character in the film. Hawkeye's outfit is now more modern, similar to that in the Ultimate Universe, but the most notable change is the fact that the character does not wear a mask anymore and instead he is wearing a pair of dark purple glasses.

On June 10, 2014, Marvel announced a new monthly Deathlok series, that will launch on October. The new Deathlok that will lead the series is based in part on Mike Peterson, that appears on the show, but is considered a new character, as he is also named Henry Hayes.[2]

“Wrapped up in bleeding-edge tech, our Deathlok series will take what readers remember of the iconic anti-hero and what viewers love now of the character portrayed by J. August Richards in Agents of Shield and dive in with a twisting story of espionage and family.”

“[The new design of the character] was intended to reflect the past designs and lend a nod or two to the [“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”] TV version, too.”

Like in the show, S.H.I.E.L.D. will also play an important role in Deathlok's story.

“S.H.I.E.L.D. is very interested in Deathlok, and they will become a significant antagonist in the story. We’re going to really play with the reader in terms of who is good and who is bad in this series. I challenge readers to leave preconceptions at the door.”

SHIELD 1 Deodato

Marvel Comics' S.H.I.E.L.D.

At SDCC 2014, Marvel announced a new S.H.I.E.L.D. comic book series, with Phil Coulson as the lead, from Mark Waid and a team of revolving artists including Carlos Pacheco, Alan Davis, and Chris Sprouse.[3]

“[Coulson] is the coolest Marvel Comics fan ever. E-V-E-R. He’s amazing at his job, he’s badass, he’s funny—and he loves the history of the Marvel Universe as much as I do.”

“I love Coulson. Love him. In the films, he became immediately humanized by the fact that he was a fan of Captain America's from back in the day. Here, when we have him fully connected to the entire Marvel Universe, we're going to find out that he has a fan-geek level knowledge of all its characters. That doesn't mean he idolizes them all or necessarily even likes them all -- but the reason there will be so many MU guest-stars is because there's no better authority on Marvel Earth than Phil Coulson when it comes to figuring out whose powers and skill sets are the perfect complement to any mission.”

It was also confirmed that many of the show's main characters, who were specifically created for it, will make their debut in the main Marvel Universe in this series.

“Oh, we’re definitely bringing the gang in, from May to Fitz and Simmons and beyond. They're the Marvel Universe “versions” of these characters, which gives us license to really delve into them in ways that are tough with limited screen time each week.”

“This gives us a chance to deep-dive into Fitz and Simmons (by introducing their Marvel Universe versions) and May and all the others. That's the really fun part. Well, that, and making a "Welcome to the MU" gift to Leo of his long-wished-for helper monkey who's not yet named, but "Wacker" is high on my list.”

“I am a fan of the show. They've done some things with it that just leave me breathless, particularly near the end of Season One. I wouldn't say it's an "influence," especially, more of an opportunity to do a full-on, in-continuity Marvel Universe version of Coulson and his crew.” Mark Waid said about the influence of the TV show on the comic book.[4]

Elements from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and MCU brought into Marvel ComicsEdit

CharactersEdit

Elements from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the MCU brought into other mediaEdit

  • Gregg reprises his role from the movies voicing Coulson in the cartoon series Ultimate Spider-Man, where he appears as both a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and Peter Parker's school principal. Coulson also made a by-name cameo appearance in the Iron Man: Armored Adventures episode "Extremis".
  • The comic book continuation of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes animated television series is told from the perspective of Coulson, despite not appearing as a character in the original show.
  • Phil Coulson appears as an non-player character in the Marvel Heroes and Lego Marvel Super Heroes video games, with Gregg voicing the character. Coulson also appears as a non-player character in Marvel: Avengers Alliance video game and in Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, where he is voiced by Tom Kenny.
  • The MCU version of Fury appears in various animated series like Wolverine and the X-Men and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, voiced by Alex Désert, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, voiced by Dean Redman, The Super Hero Squad Show animated series, voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson and Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload, voiced by Chi McBride.
  • The MCU version of Fury also appears in various animated films including, the Ultimate Avengers and its sequel, voiced by Andre Ware and Iron Man: Rise of Technovore and Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, voiced by John Eric Bentley.
  • Iain De Caestecker who portrays Agent Fitz on the show has expressed many times to the producers his interest for monkeys, something that was eventually incorporated to his character on the show too and runs as an inside joke since the first season's episode "The Asset". Marvel Chief Creative Office Joe Quesada and comics artist Paul Mounts designed for De Caestecker's birthday, on December 19th, a piece of art that shows his character Fitz finally getting his new friend H.E.N.R.Y., an A.I. monkey. According to a Marvel spokesperson, this is the first time that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been officially rendered by a Marvel artist.[11]
  • To celebrate the end of the first season of the show, Marvel assembled top artists to create illustrated posters to accompany the final six episodes of the season. Titled Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level Seven, the unique art series begun with episode Turn, Turn, Turn featuring art by comic book artist Mike Del Mundo (Elektra, X-Men Legacy). Eisner-award winning artist, Paolo Rivera (Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man), designed the poster for the episode, "Providence", animator and illustrator Pascal Campion (Iron Man, All-New Invaders) for the episode "The Only Light in the Darkness", Stephanie Hans (Journey Into Mystery, Young Avengers) for the episode "Nothing Personal", Eisner-nominated artist Emma Rios (Osborn) for the episode "Ragtag" and the artist studio Phantom City Creative for the episode "Beginning of the End".[12]
  • Marvel continues their initiative of releasing illustrated posters for each episode of the show for a second round, starting with the mid-season premiere of the show's second season, titled "Aftershocks". The project this time is titled Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Evolution, with the first piece of the collection been illustrated by artist Gabriele Dell’Otto (Secret War, X-Force), who is also the co-creator of the character, Daisy Johnson.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Iron Patriot Series Coming From Marvel Comics
  2. A NEW DEATHLOK DEMOLISHES THIS FALL
  3. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Comic Coming
  4. WAID SENDS THE AGENTS OF "SHIELD" ON MARVEL UNIVERSE MISSIONS
  5. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Comic Coming
  6. Exclusive! S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Cover Features First Look At May, Fitz & Simmons
  7. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Comic Coming
  8. Exclusive! S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Cover Features First Look At May, Fitz & Simmons
  9. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Comic Coming
  10. Exclusive! S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Cover Features First Look At May, Fitz & Simmons
  11. QUESADA AND MOUNTS GIVE AGENT FITZ HIS MONKEY
  12. ABC's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Gets Comic Book Teasers
  13. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. launches second year of art campaign, The Art of Evolution -- exclusive

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