Over the past 14 episodes, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has developed from being a disappointingly bland addition to the Marvel universe, to something engaging enough to wring a tear or two from those reluctant fangirl/fanboy eyeballs. And they can drop the “Marvel” from the beginning of that title because at this point, it’s pretty damn obvious where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming from. Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier both had (or will have) tie-in episodes, and various Marvel comics universe characters are beginning to come out of the woodwork.
There may not be room for hints of Deathlok, Victoria Hand or weird Extremis experiments in the background of the current big three Avengers franchises, but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is picking up the slack. This week’s episode (spoiler alert!) even saw the appearance of a new alien that fans are already speculating may be a Kree.
Of course, a blue torso in a tank doesn’t necessarily tell us anything. This guy could be Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen, or one of the naked Space Jesus dudes from Prometheus, or an entirely new Marvel species altogether. However, the show’s new “Uprising” subtitle may be a hint at an upcoming retelling of the famous Kree-Skull War or Secret Invasion storylines, both considered to be epics of the Marvel universe.
A TV/movie adaptation of either of these comicbook arcs would be a major undertaking, but by no means an impossible one. Taking into account the number of characters Marvel will bring to the big screen over the next few years, they should have enough manpower to handle a major crossover like this once everyone’s finished with Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. Of course, right now this is all little more than speculation. [READ MORE]
Some spoilers but not really, only makes the incentive to come back bigger.
The movies I made, I wasn’t even trying to make them diverse. It’s just when you’re a filmmaker of any ethnicity, you’re going to write from your own experience. So all my scripts started with “Hispanic character…” then I’d be like, “Oh, gosh, now I have to find an actor to play this,” and then I’d find there were no actors in Hollywood. It was puzzling.
When I was doing “Spy Kids,” the Weinsteins asked me — not that they were being jerks at all, they were just wondering — "Why are you making the characters Hispanic? It doesn’t make any sense, isn’t this supposed to be for everybody?" “Well, it’s based on my family.”
They’d just never seen it. Hollywood is very much… no one wants to do it first, because what if they screw up? If someone else does it first and it’s successful, then that’s something we can imitate. It just makes business sense for people not to constantly be putting themselves out there.
[Weinstein] said that, and it really put me on the spot to come up with a reason. “Why not just give them American names? It’s America, it will confuse people.” I said “They are American — they’re based on my family, so they’re Hispanic, but they’re going to be speaking in English. It’s going to be for everybody.” But no one had done it before, so there was nothing to point to.
"But why?” They couldn’t understand why I was doing it that way, and I couldn’t come up with a good answer. And I realized, wow, if I wasn’t Hispanic, I would have folded, I would have changed the name. That’s why there weren’t more scripts like that. Somebody would have asked them at some point “Why are you doing it that way?”
Finally, I came up with the right answer. I said “You don’t have to be British to watch James Bond. Making him British actually makes him more universal because it makes him very specific.” And they were like, okay, that makes sense. And we did it, and “Spy Kids” was a big hit. And those who were Hispanic, it really meant a lot to them. People have come up to me for a lot of years since and said “You changed my kids’ whole life. They see little kids who are Hispanic that are spies and they saw your name as the writer and director and you changed their idea of what their future could be.” The ripple effects of that one movie were enormous.
"this is supposed to be for everybody"
I realized, wow, if I wasn’t Hispanic, I would have folded, I would have changed the name. That’s why there weren’t more scripts like that.