The first season of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” arrives on DVD Tuesday, giving fans the chance to review the 22 episodes of the series’ initial run before the ABC hour-long adventure returns for a second season Sept. 23.
The release will include a number of behind-the-scenes featurettes and commentaries with the cast of the show, which tracks the weekly adventures of Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his roster of operatives: Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), Skye (Chloe Bennet), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge).
Hero Complex readers can get an early, exclusive look at some new footage and cast interviews from the episode “Asgardian Bar Fight,” which shows Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) teaching a lesson to some rowdy bikers under the spell of Lorelei (Elena Satine).
Watch it below.
The series has recruited a roster of high-profile guest stars for its second season. Lucy Lawless, beloved by fans for her turns in such series as “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Battlestar Galactica,” is one of several new actors joining the show’s ensemble as Isabelle Hartley, a seasoned S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran helping to rebuild the organization after its spectacular destruction — a key point in Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” that directly impacted the ongoing narrative of the show.
Reed Diamond, Nick Blood, Henry Simmons and Kyle MacLachlan will each play a role in “S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” second season, as will Adrianne Palicki, who will be joining the cast as Bobbi Morse, otherwise known as Mockingbird.
Palicki’s previous television credits include “Friday Night Lights,” “About a Boy” and “Lone Star,” and she was cast as Wonder Woman in David E. Kelley’s television pilot about the iconic heroine, though that show was never picked up to series.
Created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” arrived last year with a great deal of fanfare as Marvel’s first foray into live-action television. The show initially received a somewhat mixed reception, with ratings dipping in the wake of a strong debut.
Marvel is currently working on a number of new live-action television projects, including a series for ABC, “Agent Carter,” that will see Hayley Atwell reprise her role from the “Captain America” films, and “Daredevil,” starring Charlie Cox as the blind hero.
The latter series is one of a team of shows Marvel is producing for Netflix. The comic-book powerhouse also is developing original live-action series centered on Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage for the streaming service.
Each of those Netflix series will have a minimum of 13 episodes and will culminate with a special “The Defenders” miniseries event.
— Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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