Can The Lady Sif save Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D?
Jaime Alexander is to reprise her role as The Lady Sif for a special guest appearance in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Asgardian will be heading to Midgard with “a very specific mission” so it’s only natural that she will appear on the Agents radar, so to speak. I don’t know if they actually have Asgardian radar but after the events of Thor and Thor: The Dark World, you would have thought that someone had gotten round to inventing one.
Her appearance is very welcome, her character is one much loved by fans of the films and has that rare quality of being a strong female hero not adorned in tight lycra, but instead clad in the armour you would expect from a warrior of her calibre. Jaime plays Sif confidently and, in all honesty, deserves some more Marvel screen time.
AoS has received a lot of criticism since it began and the ratings are dropping. The characters have been described as weak and uninteresting, with only a couple of the cast getting the viewers approval – those being Agent Coulson and Agent May naturally.
But this is only part of the the issue; the big Marvel cinema releases have raised the viewers expectation too high. The lack of super powered, visually stunning, events and recognisable characters from an already established Marvel Universe – whether this be film or comic – may be putting people off. Something I realised when I got far to excited by the cameo from Nick Fury and the amount of time I spend throwing theories around based on my comic knowledge only for it to be revealed that these new heroes and baddies have very little to do with Marvel canon.
The appearance of The Lady Sif feels like and attempt to secure the link between movie universe and the TV series, but that is not to say we don’t want to see more Sif action, of course we do. But I’m left with that nagging feeling that Marvel are trying to revive a show that the comic fans are turning their backs on and the viewers new to the Marvel universe, don’t find interesting enough.
Things may be on the up though; during an interview with Comic Book Resources, executive producer, Jeffrey Bell, said the series was “going to get a bigger dosage of the Marvel comics going forward.”
[quote]“I would say, in general, I think fans will experience the episodes as being a bit more ‘Marvel,'” he says. “I think we’re always looking to find characters either from the Marvel movie universe or the comic universe that fans would recognize. I think bringing the tension and suspense of the movies is something that we’re looking to do as our characters become more confident. … I think on a few levels, fans will feel it’s moving a bit more in the Marvel direction.”[/quote]
The message being don’t lose faith quite yet, with the reveal of the clairvoyant coming soon, there may still be hope that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D will live up to fan’s expectations.
What say you? Excited about this guest appearance or have you given up on S.H.I.E.L.D? What can they do to improve the show and build a loyal fanbase? As always, leave comments below or feel free to tweet me @becpuss .