For a show that nobody watches, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. certainly generates a lot of attention.
Considering that the show’s fanbase has the unofficial motto of “It get better after Season One, we promise”, it’s clear that at some point over the past three seasons, the Phil Coulson vehicle has definitely grown in popularity.
A large part of the show’s continued support from viewers is likely that it dropped its original premise of showing civil servants tackling paperwork while gossiping about actually interesting stuff that happened in various Marvel movies. Perhaps the biggest breakthrough for the show was when the writers discovered that including regular characters with super powers is fairly essential for a show set in a superhero universe.
Just in case you weren’t completely convinced about watching a regular series starring Avengers benchwarmers (even the second string team members like Hawkeye haven’t shown up in the show), Marvel reckons it’s found the perfect thing to draw in new audiences: sexy robots.
Yes, sexy robots – a staple of any science fiction universe, and one which, until now, Marvel has steered clear of, either because the entire concept is fairly degrading to women, or, more likely, because the studio simply hates having to write substantial roles for women that don’t involve standing around, fawning over muscular male heroes.
TV Line reports that Mallory Jansen, best known for her work on Galavant, will be joining the fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Aida, a life model decoy who at this point is known by only one defining feature: she’s really, really hot.
This comes along with the announcement from Marvel that Ghost Rider will also be appearing in the show, although it won’t be the familiar biker with a flaming skull that appeared in the Nic Cage movies – instead it’ll be a guy with a nice car from the most recent reboot of the character.
So, to recap, Marvel’s plans to bring viewers back to its once boring spy thriller series is to introduce a sexy robot and a guy who’s on fire.
Okay, fair enough, that sounds pretty fun. Throw in another Patton Oswald cameo and it’ll be the best season ever.