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Whats Streaming: MARVEL: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: The many deaths of Agent Coulson

As the world celebrates the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “The Avengers: End Game,” we have been given a reprieve on the TV screen as “Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has been green-lit for two more seasons. Rumors spread last season of the demise of the show, yet somehow the series miraculously survived.

The television division of Marvel has had some setbacks with the dismal failure of “The Inhumans.” For all the buildup of inhumans as a threat to the world for three seasons on AOS, the spin-off series “The Inhumans” with its Royal Family storyline was poorly executed and its demise came as no surprise.

Now, as the reset for Phase Four of the Cinematic Universe begins, there is encouraging news. New shows are coming exclusively to Hulu, including a spin-off with “Ghost Rider” carrying the same actors from “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The future does look bright for the coming months/years. After all, who wouldn’t like the possessed Spirit of Vengeance wreaking havoc on criminals as only Ghost Rider can?

So, what began with the death of the beloved Agent Coulson in the first “Avengers” movie and the resurrection of Agent Coulson by Director Nick Fury in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” begins yet again. Throughout the show Agent Coulson has not just come out of the jaws of death many times, he has literally been reborn again. And now again.

After the finale of last season, we saw Agent Coulson finally see the shores of Tahiti (the magical place that Coulson remembers during his first resurrection) and all indications are he had succumbed to the injuries he endured during the last season. Agent Coulson has died yet again. But, as with any good character in comics, death is never a finality. And so, with the start of season six we are introduced to “Sarge” (Coulson’s twin from another dimension).

Unfortunately, the cryogenic chamber that Agent Fitz enters to take a “long trip to the future” is highly reminiscent of a flimsy luggage rack for vans. This is just one of many failures in AOS’ prop department, but the hope is that the enhanced special effects added to the show will drive the thought of these failures from the mind. One can hope.

If you haven’t watched the show but are a fan of the movies, you probably would enjoy the series. There were early attempts to make tie-ins with “The Avengers,” “Thor” and “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” but eventually the show struck out on its own. It can get confusing, but the show has its own merits and the character story arcs are always entertaining.

The very fact that the show survived the aftermath of “Captain America: Winter Soldier” is astonishing, considering the central story arc was the demise of S.H.I.E.L.D. itself, but that’s just another example of Coulson’s ability to rise from the ashes. So, if you are up to date with the series and want to stay on top, Hulu is your best answer for streaming with each episode posted the day after it airs. However, if you want to take a trip down memory lane or just want to give the show another try after leaving, you can catch up on Netflix.

Whatever you do, however you watch, your efforts will save the day and help with the effort to keep the many deaths of Agent Coulson alive for future shows. As Stan Lee would say, “Excelsior!”

To reach Brian Fitz-Gerald email him at bfitz-gerald@rosebudmedia.com

(NETFLIX.COM)