Welcome to VOCIFERY, my attempt to re-watch every piece of media in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – every movie, every television series, every one-shot, every web series, and every tie-in comic book, using the Wikipedia entry on the MCU as a guide, before the release of Avengers 4 in May 2019. Join me as I write my thoughts about what I’m seeing, as I see it!
Also, spoilers follow – if you’re worried about that kind of thing, view before reading.
Marvel’s Thor tie-in comic (2013)
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Prelude tie-in comic (2013)
Agent Carter one-shot (2013)
Once again, your correspondent is forced to talk to you about more meaningless chaff.
These tie-in comics are starting to look more and more pointless by the day – and today, we have two little story arcs, each two issues in length, that literally give us no new information.
The first is a beat-for-beat retelling of the first Thor movie, except it leaves out a good majority of the film, including most of the good parts: Thor’s infiltration of the SHIELD base camp is summed up in barely two pages, his early meeting with Jane is barely covered at all, and the battle against the Destroyer is given very little page space at all.
The prelude to Thor: The Dark World, meanwhile, offers nothing in the way of new information. Both issues are constructed with visualisations of things we were told, without going any deeper into how they transpired or what happened thereafter.
For example, in The Avengers, Coulson tells Thor that he had Jane Foster assigned to a lab in Norway so that she would be safe should Loki decide to go after her in an attempt to get at Thor. In the comic, we see Coulson have her assigned to a lab in Norway, and we see Jane in the lab in Norway, and that is it.
Or in Thor: The Dark World, we see that Jane is upset that Thor didn’t return to her after his promise to do so at the end of Thor. In the comic, we see that she is also upset that he didn’t get in touch while he was here during The Avengers. Again, this adds nothing; if anything, it makes Jane seem even more petty than she did before.
The one-shot Agent Carter, meanwhile, suffers from something else: it is almost deemed irrelevant by the fact that an entire show was created about Peggy Carter after it was produced and released. Yes, one probably spawned the other. But the series certainly paints the one-shot as an unnecessary addition to the universe – not to mention that the one-shot was released before the series, yet takes place after the series.
Agent Carter is a pretty good short; as a standalone story, it is an entertaining quarter-hour and provides a wonderful showcase for actress Hayley Atwell (and features a welcome appearance by Bradley Whitford). You can see how the powers that be saw it and thought ‘you know what, this would make a great series’.
I just wish it would have fit in better in the universe as a whole.
Okay, enough whinging from me. Have a good weekend, everybody.
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