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Will a "seasoned veteran" Marvel character make an appearance on tomorrow's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

09.30.2013

The "eagle eyes" at Entertainment Weekly brought something to our attention that you may want to take note of. In a Facebook promo for tomorrow night's all-new episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. there's a familiar item on the logo at the very end; Yup, an eyepatch. Now, who which bad motherf*cker in the Marvel Universe wears an eyepatch? Oh, right, that would be Nick Fury, commander of the titular organization and all around badass as played by Samuel L. Jackson throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Is the inclusion of said eyepatch a guarantee we'll see Jackson make a guest appearance? Not necessarily, but the promo does say, "Be sure to stay until the end of the credits on Tuesday. In true Marvel fashion, you never know what might happen."

My bet is that Jackson does make an appearance. We'll find out if I'm wrong tomorrow, but if you had me put money on it now, sure, I'd toss in a few bucks for that. The thing is, although S.H.I.E.L.D. broke all kinds of debut records, the real test comes in the form of longevity and momentum and one way to get both of those is to pull out the stops. Dropping in a few guest spots that don't equate more committment than a lunch break walk-on role is a sure fire bet to keep folks coming back just to see who turns up. Also, it's a great way to cross promote, especially with a hammer-wielding god of thunder about to drop a sequel and a shield-wielding patriot following just behind. Why not capitalize on that, right?

The series got some ratings kudos, but reception was a little lukewarm, which isn't uncommon for a new show, but not the temperature you want to stay at if you're looking to make it to season two. We'll see what happens tomorrow night, when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. kicks off their second episode with a potentially kick ass cameo.

And be sure to check back for our review of the episode on Wednesday morning as we kick off our new review column for the show: Welcome to Level 7: This Week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Samuel L. Jackson will next be seen as Nick Fury (for sure!) in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER on April 4, 2014.

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1:19PM on 10/01/2013

Hope it keeps consistent

Good show with a lot of quirks that everyone's pointing out. Cute references- Are you ready for your "Journey Into Mystery?" or "With great power comes.. whatever the fuck!"
Are they going to acknowledge This Coulson is a clone from the facility in Tahiti?

Perhaps a follow through into Avengers 2 after 2nd season, with the new recruits in the finale?
Good show with a lot of quirks that everyone's pointing out. Cute references- Are you ready for your "Journey Into Mystery?" or "With great power comes.. whatever the fuck!"
Are they going to acknowledge This Coulson is a clone from the facility in Tahiti?

Perhaps a follow through into Avengers 2 after 2nd season, with the new recruits in the finale?
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11:29AM on 10/01/2013
Whedon's shows always are slowstarters, Buffy's first season had only 2/3 good episodes. Angel had a weak first season, even though that had characters that were already established. Dollhouse was a complete mess up and till episode 6. Only Firefly was up and running in no time. Thing is, i remember Buffy from before i became a fan. Sometimes I fell into some late night reruns of random epsiodes (on Dutch television) and remember finding it Cheesy over the top, ridiculous, and i didn't saw the
Whedon's shows always are slowstarters, Buffy's first season had only 2/3 good episodes. Angel had a weak first season, even though that had characters that were already established. Dollhouse was a complete mess up and till episode 6. Only Firefly was up and running in no time. Thing is, i remember Buffy from before i became a fan. Sometimes I fell into some late night reruns of random epsiodes (on Dutch television) and remember finding it Cheesy over the top, ridiculous, and i didn't saw the quality. Then someone lended me the DVD, and had a "okay" time with it. It was into season 2 that i became hooked...

Whedon shows are simply not one episode material, which is his gift, as well as his curse
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8:32AM on 10/01/2013
I'd like this series to do well but, like the article mentions, the first episode's reception was a bit luke warm, and that's a fair reaction as it was a fairly generic pilot, with equal measure of plus and minus points, but it wasn't absolutely dire which means there's room for it to improve.
I'll certainly keep watching for a while anyway as it's not really costing me anything to see it.I find it hard to complain too much about stuff that's essentially free, but yes it would be nice if it
I'd like this series to do well but, like the article mentions, the first episode's reception was a bit luke warm, and that's a fair reaction as it was a fairly generic pilot, with equal measure of plus and minus points, but it wasn't absolutely dire which means there's room for it to improve.
I'll certainly keep watching for a while anyway as it's not really costing me anything to see it.I find it hard to complain too much about stuff that's essentially free, but yes it would be nice if it turned into an awesome series set in the Marvel universe.
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8:28AM on 10/01/2013
Didn't like the ending of the episode, all that was missing was "Roads? where we're going we don't need roads."
and the fact that all the agents are beautiful 20-somethings pisses me off.
But it's Agent Coulson's show, so I'll keep watching and hope it doesn't turn in to another Dollhouse.
Didn't like the ending of the episode, all that was missing was "Roads? where we're going we don't need roads."
and the fact that all the agents are beautiful 20-somethings pisses me off.
But it's Agent Coulson's show, so I'll keep watching and hope it doesn't turn in to another Dollhouse.
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8:26AM on 10/01/2013
Firefly started kind of weak also. If I remember correctly.
Firefly started kind of weak also. If I remember correctly.
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5:25AM on 10/01/2013
I loved all the references in the pilot...that would have been enough....but the possibility of cameos...would be more than welcomed. With regard to the pilot receiving a lukewarm reception...gotta agree. It had all the classic hallmark humor of a Joss Whedon product...and the action was actually several notches up on Buffy and Angel in terms of its brutality...but overall...the story was more than a little meh. Still, not the first time a pilot of a series I've enjoyed has been meh. I
I loved all the references in the pilot...that would have been enough....but the possibility of cameos...would be more than welcomed. With regard to the pilot receiving a lukewarm reception...gotta agree. It had all the classic hallmark humor of a Joss Whedon product...and the action was actually several notches up on Buffy and Angel in terms of its brutality...but overall...the story was more than a little meh. Still, not the first time a pilot of a series I've enjoyed has been meh. I would rather it start off meh...than be pretty poor after that...say like that short lived V series...that actually ended on a good cliffhanger. By the way, someone please tell me who I can vent my frustrations out over Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series. I stopped watching it sometime back...got home early yesterday and caught my kid watching season 2. How the f did it get a season 2???? They ditched Spectacular Spider-man for this???
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1:11AM on 10/01/2013
I think there should be an episode where Hasselhoff plays Nick Fury Sr.
I think there should be an episode where Hasselhoff plays Nick Fury Sr.
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11:22PM on 09/30/2013
Honestly, as someone else posted, it's Phil Coulson's show which is why it must be watched. If Sam F***ing Jackson does cameo, that's exciting news. I would love to see everyone from the cinematic universe pop up once in awhile. I think it would add class to the show and remind people that this IS the Marvel Universe. I really REALLY hope this show does well.
Honestly, as someone else posted, it's Phil Coulson's show which is why it must be watched. If Sam F***ing Jackson does cameo, that's exciting news. I would love to see everyone from the cinematic universe pop up once in awhile. I think it would add class to the show and remind people that this IS the Marvel Universe. I really REALLY hope this show does well.
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10:49PM on 09/30/2013

Huzzah, a 5 second cameo...

This is totally going to make this show worth it. Putting in characters from the movies for all of 5 seconds for a cameo so fans can drool and forget how horrible this show really is. Seriously, this is a show that tries to impress its audience by namedropping. It is just talking about cool stuff instead of showing you. Oh wow a dude with extremis, can't make him a real character, nope got to make up a fake organization so we can keep this show boring. Who wouldn't want to watch a show about
This is totally going to make this show worth it. Putting in characters from the movies for all of 5 seconds for a cameo so fans can drool and forget how horrible this show really is. Seriously, this is a show that tries to impress its audience by namedropping. It is just talking about cool stuff instead of showing you. Oh wow a dude with extremis, can't make him a real character, nope got to make up a fake organization so we can keep this show boring. Who wouldn't want to watch a show about humans based in the marvel universe going up against made up characters? People with brains. This is not going to be a stepping stone for Luke Cage (they REALLY tried their hardest to make it look like the first episode was about him in the previews) or any other known character.
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1:29AM on 10/01/2013
You do realize that so far there has been but one single episode, right? I can understand if you did not like it, but you come off pretty harsh in your judging of the show. With invalid arguments such as "nope got to make up a fake organization so we can keep this show boring". How do you know that organization won't turn out to be AIM, HYDRA, Black Spectre, The Zodiac or Roxxon?
You do realize that so far there has been but one single episode, right? I can understand if you did not like it, but you come off pretty harsh in your judging of the show. With invalid arguments such as "nope got to make up a fake organization so we can keep this show boring". How do you know that organization won't turn out to be AIM, HYDRA, Black Spectre, The Zodiac or Roxxon?
9:23PM on 09/30/2013
I watch for one reason: it's Phil's show
I watch for one reason: it's Phil's show
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8:57PM on 09/30/2013
Would be awesome to see if true.
Would be awesome to see if true.
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8:10PM on 09/30/2013

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Considering that the dialogue and storylines are about as cheesy as they come....don't know how they could screw this show up, but they figured out how, they can use all the help they can get...its a GREAT IDEA
Considering that the dialogue and storylines are about as cheesy as they come....don't know how they could screw this show up, but they figured out how, they can use all the help they can get...its a GREAT IDEA
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8:06PM on 09/30/2013
I read that at the Comic Con screening of the pilot episode, either Whedon or Clark Gregg told the audience "wait till you see the next one!" This surprise cameo could well be what they were alluding to.
I read that at the Comic Con screening of the pilot episode, either Whedon or Clark Gregg told the audience "wait till you see the next one!" This surprise cameo could well be what they were alluding to.
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