Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. abruptly closes the mystical book on season four

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“To be human is to suffer.” If there’s been one overriding theme of this season of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s the idea that we’re defined by our pain. What gave meaning to Robbie Reyes was the tragedy of his brother and his family, the losses that haunted him and led to his becoming Ghost Rider. Similarly,…

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes Ghost Rider’s story to a fiery conclusion

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“We’re not a team that trusts. We’re not a team at all.” S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Jeffrey Mace has a knack for saying things that precipitate change. With those words, the clouds of mistrust and unease swirling around the agency’s former and current director dissipate, and the two are finally on the same page, having…

Ghost Rider’s origin is revealed as a new villain threatens Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Sometimes, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. does the exact opposite of the old “show, don’t tell” rule of visual storytelling. Instead, it weirdly goes for the strategy of “tell, then show for good measure, just in case.” In the flashbacks that make up a decent portion of “The Good Samaritan,” a character in the present day…

An Inhuman’s secret is out as Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. breaks into prison

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“You don’t get to decide who cares about you.” It should be obvious, but Melinda May still needs to say it to Daisy. The former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is pushing away everyone who’s close to her, in hopes of sparing them the fallout from her own actions and behavior, while thinking it’s the noble, self-sacrificing move.…

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back, and confronting an iconic antihero

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The name of the premiere episode of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s fourth season, “The Ghost,” isn’t a reference to the series’ new antagonist at all, despite all the hype given over to introducing the fiery vengeance-seeker revealed in the opening sequence. No, it’s something much more personal: It’s a reference…

Wigging out: 17 times horrible hairpieces ruined TV shows and movies

While wigs are sometimes a Hollywood necessity, bad wigs can ruin a whole production. One ratty skunk pelt slapped on the star of your $200 million blockbuster and your movie’s in the toilet, while audiences laugh you all the way to the Razzies. Even the best actor can’t overcome a bad wig, and many have tried,…

Exclusive Marvel preview: Secret Wars gets fast and furious with Ghost Racers

The best moments in Felipe Smith’s All-New Ghost Rider run were all about speed, delivering exhilarating vehicular combat and chase sequences full of intense energy. Smith’s new Ghost Rider-centric Secret Wars miniseries Ghost Racers has a concept that plays to those strengths, putting all of Marvel’s demonic drivers…

Exclusive Marvel preview: All-New Ghost Rider #11 begins a fiery farewell

It’s hard to be an offbeat superhero title nowadays. The marketplace doesn’t encourage superhero books that break from the norm, but Marvel deserves credit for trying some new things in the last year. While All-New Ghost Rider hasn’t gotten the same amount of attention as comics like Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk, writer…

Exclusive Marvel preview: Muscle car carnage continues in All-New Ghost Rider #4

Readers looking for astoundingly kinetic action in their superhero comics need look no further than Felipe Smith, Tradd Moore, and Val Staples’ All-New Ghost Rider, which puts Marvel’s resident spirit of vengeance in the body of a young Latino teenager living in gang-ridden South Central Los Angeles. Robbie Reyes’…