After Marvel’s “The Avengers,” the franchise decided to take a crack at expanding its universe to television. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” takes place after the events of “The Avengers,” and follows the story of Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) leading a group of his own agents to handle strange cases and threats.

Though he appeared to have died at the hands of Loki in “The Avengers,” Coulson is revealed in the series pilot to have been revived by medical technicians after having been clinically dead for eight seconds and asking how he was brought back will have dire consequences.

After months of hate on internet forums, the highly rated ABC series has lived up to expectations, however, it didn’t happen overnight. Although “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”  exists in the same universe as the movies, it needed time to mature. Now that it has, Marvel is ready to unveil its most daring attempt to further its connected universe.

Marvel cleverly formatted the show as a cop/investigative type show (and Americans do love their cop shows) to interest those who aren’t hardcore fans. For hardcore fans, there is a nice roster of characters and references that’ll keep them satisfied.

The show does a great job of referencing the cinematic universe at large, whether it be someone mentioning that Tony Stark developed the tech they’re using, or having a guest star appearance from Lady Sif, Thor’s close friend and badass warrior lady friend.

The show does an even better job at directly tying into Marvel’s movies, with a recent episode directly leading into “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” serves as a great supplement to the cinematic universe, enriching viewers with how everything is connected as the episodes roll on.

Marvel is the king of the waiting game. Knowing that this show needed time to breathe, they focused on building the world in it, and now that they’ve succeeded, the fun has begun.

At first, the it seem to lack a connected plot and appeared to be individual cases, but as the episodes keep going, viewers will understand that it is all connected and leading to a grand finale, even if the wait is a little bit longer.

The connections between the movie series and S.H.I.E.L.D. make it unique.

If you even have a remote interest in Marvel’s superheroes and or investigative television, check this show out on ABC at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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