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Nick Fury Creator Jim Steranko Slams Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Wed, 09/25/2013 - 19:02


Jim Steranko, the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Famer, and creator behind Nick Fury slammed Marvel Studios and ABC's attempt to bring the Marvel universe into people's homes on a weekly basis with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Steranko is a legend in the comics industry and reviewed the pilot episode for The Hollywood Reporter. What he essentially offers is that S.H.I.E.L.D. failed to deliver on all fronts, something I totally agree with.

While Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had great numbers ratings-wise, it remains to be seen if the series can improve upon those numbers or even keep them consistent.

Following are a few comments from Steranko. He makes mention of the Head of Marvel TV, Jeph Loeb, a few times in the article. Loeb cancelled the popular Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Hero animated series as well as rebooted the Nova Marvel comic book series only to have left after two published issues with the series selling less than the previous run.

Jim Steranko on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created S.H.I.E.L.D. in the pages of 1965's Strange Tales, about the last thing on their minds was a 2013 TV series. Their goal was to initiate a comic book version of 007, in the manly tradition of Our Man Flint, Danger Man and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 

One of the pitfalls of multicharacter epics with multiple storylines is juggling each to dramatic satisfaction, and Whedon has been successful at it. But AoS's four major focuses -- the Coulson story, the Agent Grant Ward story, the Skye story, the Hooded Hero story -- result in a lack of unified focus that seriously undercuts the series' opener.

 And Agent Coulson, with his Rudy Giuliani aplomb, is no Fury. (Actually, he could take a few attitude lessons from Samuel L. Jackson.)

And speaking of Jackson, the SHIELD opener would have benefited immensely from a 15-second cameo or even a damn phone call from Jackson's Fury. (Hell, I would have bought everybody drinks for a quickie Paste-Pot Pete appearance or even a walk-on by Stan Lee!) Even more disappointing was that the show had no menace, no tension. A month or so ago, during a conversation with Loeb, he categorized the series as "S.H.I.E.L.D. meets The X-Files." Great premise, but barely in evidence. SHIELD needs to be much tougher, much stranger, much edgier to reach its potential!

Additionally, the pilot was riddled with inscrutable, distracting moments.