Written by Erin Lobner. Media by Courtney Murphy
- “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is a must-watch for all Marvel fans. Following Agent Phil Coulson and his team, the show reveals all the background work S.H.I.E.L.D. does in between Avengers movies. Season 1 follows Project Centipede, a group that uses devices to give normal people superpowers. In addition to all the action, Agent Coulson searches for some answers to his resurrection after being killed in “The Avengers“. Season 2 focuses on the rebuilding of S.H.I.E.L.D. after its infiltration by Hydra in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier“. It also ties in with many other Marvel shows and movies including “Agent Carter” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. Finally, season 3 follows Coulson’s team as they recruit a group of superheroes to deal with threats around the world. The second part of the season is set to air March 8th of this year. As of yet, a fourth season has not been confirmed, but I have my fingers crossed that the show will continue next year.
- “Agent Carter”
“Agent Carter” has become one of my favorite shows since it came out at the beginning of 2015. Hayley
Atwell is inspiring as Peggy Carter, the British agent from “Captain America: The First Avenger“. Set in the United States shortly after World War II, “Agent Carter” not only provides background on the beginning of S.H.I.E.L.D. (then the Strategic Scientific Reserve), it illustrates the difficulty of being a powerful woman in the 1940s. The most frustrating part of the show is that Peggy Carter must constantly fight for permission to do her job as an agent in a male-dominated workplace; however, she uses her coworkers’ ignorance to her advantage. She remains one step ahead of them, investigating the same cases, but also protecting the incriminated Howard Stark. Although the first season consists of only eight episodes, the plot is very complex–it will definitely keep your attention. This show is perfect for any Captain America fans. And the second season is underway right now, so be sure to check it out!
Filled with amazing fight scenes, a gripping plot and great characters, “Daredevil” is another excellent show for action-lovers. The is about Matthew Murdock, a blind, first-year lawyer who has a night job as a vigilante. Set in Hell’s Kitchen, the show is reminiscent at times of an old mob movie as Daredevil attempts to bring down a huge criminal network while avoiding his own arrest. I appreciate that even the worst characters have heart-wrenching backstories. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell exactly who the real bad guy is. So, if you’re looking for a new Netflix series to binge-watch, make sure to check out “Daredevil”.
4. “Jessica Jones”
This show follows Jessica Jones, a private detective who happens to have superpowers. Jones is a little rough around the edges but really tries to help people in difficult situations. The main plot revolves around her and Kilgrave, a man with mind control abilities, who reappears and shakes up her life. An added bonus for “Doctor Who”
fans: Kilgrave is played by David Tennant. Like “Daredevil”, this show makes you question who the actual villain is. But the struggle between Jones, her partner, Luke Cage, and Kilgrave will keep you on your toes. Before you look for “Jessica Jones” on Netflix, take note, the content is different from the other shows on this list. Jones struggles with dark but real issues, like post-traumatic stress disorder and assault. But if you want to delve deeper into the Marvel Universe, this show is good to consider.
- “Guardians of the Galaxy TV Series”
Whether you’re looking for a kid-friendly Marvel show to watch with your little siblings or you just enjoy cartoons, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a great choice. It takes place after the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie and explores space as an unlikely team follows a map to the Cosmic Seed, a weapon that can create a new universe. Again, they go up against Thanos and anyone else who would
misuse the Cosmic Seed. Unfortunately, there are only 10 episodes so far, and the second season doesn’t come out until 2017.
Bonus: “Luke Cage”
Expected to premiere this April, look forward to “Luke Cage” arriving on Netflix. The show will explore the life of Jessica Jones’ partner. After Cage was experimented on, he ended up with super strength and unbreakable skin. Get ready to see him in action this spring!