Shocking new study says that people really like Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

For years, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been ignored by the Marvel Cinematic Universe that birthed it, with Agent Coulson’s resurrection and the rise of Chloe Bennet’s Inhuman hero Quake having absolutely no impact on the larger movie universe—despite the fact that Iron Man and Captain America would probably be…

How did Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. go from pop-culture behemoth to scrappy underdog? 

In 100 Episodes, The A.V. Club examines the shows that made it to that number, considering both how they advanced and reflected the medium and what contributed to their popularity and/or longevity. This entry covers Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., which has run for five seasons and 11o episodes from 2013 to now,…

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets properly apocalyptic and addresses Infinity War's Thanos


There are a lot of contentious debates between people who aren’t really listening to each other in “The One Who Will Save Us All.” How to save the world, how to do the right thing...even whether or not to high five gets discussed. But these people are in their own heads—so much so, two of them come to blows.

An exciting but hectic Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. rushes towards an interstellar showdown


You know what they always say: Don’t kill a potential Destroyer Of Worlds if it’s just going to force someone else who you never even suspected would get involved to become the Destroyer Of Worlds instead, thereby setting in motion the very events you hoped to avoid. Pretty sure that’s a direct quote from Socrates.

Heroes fall, villains rise, and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. fight robots and each other


The title of this episode, “The Honeymoon,” can’t help but feel ironic once you take into account the fact almost everyone ends this hour worse off than they began it. FitzSimmons may have shared a trip back across the pond together—“I’m protecting England from evil robots with the man I love”—but it came at a cost.

A death-defying taste test can't quite anchor a middling Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.


What would you do if you believed you were invincible? Would you enter an MMA fight? Go cliff diving? Start a really aggressive parkour team? Or would you just go through your day with a little more confidence than normal? If you’re a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, your day probably involves life or death choices already—no…

S.H.I.E.L.D. goes straight for the heart with the year's best episode


“There’s no turning back.” It’s the kind of banal sentence you expect to hear in any action or drama-based TV show, and it almost never carries much weight, because it’s rarely directed toward changes or plot points of any import. It’s a placeholder phrase—or rather, it usually is. In this Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., it…