Many television series that were given the honor of a full season are wrapping up their seasonal runs in the next week. Among them are ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the first foray of the Marvel MCU into the TV realm, and Arrow, the CW’s sophomore breakout hit that has furthered the thought that DC Comics/Warner Bros. should stick to TV. With the respective finales less than a week away, announcements from both networks have come out, giving hope to the future of comic-based prime time dramas.
The CW rolled out a laundry lists of renewals, cancellations, and pickups on Thursday, the most prominant of which was the official word that The Flash, the anticipated spin-off of Arrow, has been added to the network’s fall schedule. Grant Gustin, who will don the Scarlet Speedster’s suit, appeared on two episodes of Arrow this season as Barry Allen, setting up the character’s existence (and origin) in the established DC television universe (DCTU?)
Meanwhile, over at ABC, viewers will be enjoying more adventures as they explore the future (and past) of S.H.I.E.L.D. News broke on Thursday that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was renewed for a second season, despite the fall of the MCU’s super secret spy ring after the events of April’s Captain America: The Winter Solider. I’m still hoping the title gets changed to Agents Formerly of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, the news from the Mouse didn’t stop there. Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Co. will continue to trudge through the mire of a world without helicarriers this fall, but Agent Peggy Carter will be helping to shape the agency in its infancy. Alongside the renewal of AoS, ABC has ordered the new drama, Marvel’s Agent Carter, based off the Marvel One-Shot of the same name found on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray. Actress Hayley Atwell shall be reprising her role as Peggy Carter as she works with the Strategic Scientific Reserve (which will become S.H.I.E.L.D.) in a post-WWII era. While Atwell is confirmed, it is currently unknown if Dominic Cooper will be appearing as Howard Stark. Speculation about an Agent Carter series began shortly after the One-Shot’s debut. I, for one, am glad to see it come to fruition.
Be sure to set aside the time this fall for the return of Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the debut of The Flash and Agent Carter!