Is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Set to Reinvent MS MARVEL and the Kree?

Posted: April 3, 2014 in COMICS, TELEVISION
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Rumours are now heavily circulating on various websites that Chloe Bennet’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D character Skye could be poised to become the major super-heroine Ms. Marvel in the show.

The blue alien featured in the recent AoS episode ‘T.A.H.I.T.I’  has on-line commentators eagerly forwarding the ‘Kree’ theory, this idea given further momentum by Sif mentioning the Kree by name on-screen. It looks increasingly like the AoS series may involve the Kree in its storylines, though it’s unclear to what extent this massive part of Marvel’s cosmic mythology might be explored.

The animated show, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes made the Kree invasion a central storyline and focused on it massively – and superbly, at that. I don’t imagine AoS will explore the Kree to that extent, but it is a possibility. Joss Whedon certainly has form on other shows with developing long-term, complex storylines.

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Pretty? Yes. But MS MARVEL? Probably best not…

The classic Kree storylines from Marvel canon could form the basis for whole seasons’ worth of episodes, if handled deftly; it did exactly that on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. At first glance, you’d think it would require the heavy presence of major Avengers characters such as Captain America and Iron Man; however, the TV series could handle the existing canon storyline from a more marginal, S.H.I.E.L.D-centric perspective, which could actually be something with a lot of potential.

If this formula was followed, we’d basically have the major events of the classic Kree storyline happening ‘off-screen’ with the major Avengers characters, while ‘sub-plots’ to the existing canon would be taking place in the foreground of the TV series.

As this is a series clearly intending to develop ongoing storylines, and given that it will probably be around for a few years, this sort of idea would make some sense. But again that depends on whether the TV writers would want to be faithful to the printed canon or whether they intend to go a more independent, revisionist route.

In the existing fictional mythology, Carol Danvers becomes the super hero Ms. Marvel when her damaged body is merged with Kree D.N.A. However, turning the Skye character into the legendary Ms Marvel would represent a major revision of canon, eliminating the ‘Carol Danvers’ canon in the process. Which, if the show is intending to establish its own, separate continuity, I suppose is fine; but it wouldn’t do much to endear comic-book Marvelites or existing Ms Marvel fans.

Ms Marvel/Carol Danvers, as I’ve said in other posts, is one of my all-time favorites; so I would hate to see her legacy mishandled or diminished by a television series and would rather she wasn’t brought into the series at all than if she was translated badly.

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Ms Marvel, as appearing in the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes TV series.

Speaking again of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes series, Ms Marvel was handled brilliantly in that and it’s difficult to see AoS rising to the same standard, for various reasons, one of them being simply the constraints on live-action that don’t apply to animated.

The Kree too are one of my favorite areas of the Marvel Universe, a rich tapestry in the fictional history of several Marvel franchises; I’d be nervous about this area being mined for televisual thrills if it isn’t done deftly. The Kree-Skrull War of the early 70s, as well as later additions to the cosmic mythology are some of the Marvel Universe’s best ever works; and Operation Galactic Storm from the early 90s may just be my all-time favorite crossover storyline, but stories as large-scaled and expansive as these seem utterly infeasible for live-action television adaptation.

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However, the rumours might be misplaced anyway, so this might be a premature diatribe. Exploring the Kree would also have the potentiality to tie-in to the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film (released in August this year), particularly since Ronin the Accuser is among the characters appearing in that movie; so this might be what any potential Kree presence in the AoS TV show might be ultimately about.

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  1. Mumra2k says:

    On and off over the years I’ve been steadily trying to get through the Civil War series but every time Ms Marvel gets a mention I fail to see her relevance to the Marvel Universe. This is not a criticism. I’ll keep reading and hopefully gain more knowledge on this character.

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  2. She’s pretty much the principal Marvel female character nowadays, though she was somewhat ostracized for many years in the past, left on the fringes.

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