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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Uses This TV Spot To Tease Another Franchise

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Inhumans is well known among comic book fans, but as far as more mainstream audiences go, it’s not the biggest title out there. Almost everyone already had at least a passing familiarity with the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, and the Hulk, even before the movies, but Inhumans falls into a similar category as Guardians of the Galaxy. While it’s an important part of the world, it wasn’t one casual fans were too acquainted with. Now that there is an Inhumans movie on the way, Marvel is preparing to do some work to familiarize people with the title, and that begins in this new promo for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

Just so you know, if you’re not caught up with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., there are some potential spoilers.

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Comic-Con 2014 Panel Vids For The Walking Dead, Interstellar, And More

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Comic-Con-LogoAnother massive installment of San Diego’s Comic-Con International has come and gone, leaving the fans to disperse to the four corners of the Earth, laden down with bags of swag. Of course, many people didn’t get to go this year, and there are even more who’ve never been to Comic-Con at all. Thankfully, this is the internet age, so even if you weren’t amid the throngs last week, you can still experience some of the awesomeness via the slew of panel videos that have popped up online.

These don’t give you the visceral thrill of being in the middle of 6,000 cheering geeks in Hall H, and you’re not going to get to see the really cool stuff like that Avengers 2 footage, but many of the panel discussions and Q&A segments are available online to watch in full. Check out the ones we found below, and if you want to recreate the experience more fully, feel free to watch them while crowded into a tool shed with 30 or 40 strangers. But you have to wait in line for 12 hours first.

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Comic-Con 2014: Fourteen Panels You Don’t Want To Miss On Friday

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Comic-Con 2014 is only a week away. Thousands of fans and professionals will descend on San Diego and bury it in a thick coating of nerd several feet deep. There’s really nothing else like it, but the more years pass, the more overwhelming the Con becomes. There’s so much going on, it’s a monumental task just to figure out which of the countless panels and events you want to try and see. Well, we’re here to make your life just a little bit easier. Over the next couple of days, we’ll run down all the panels that should be at the top of your to-do list. Here are our picks for the Friday events you can’t afford to miss!

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WDeadAMC’s The Walking Dead (12:20pm – 1:20pm, Hall H)
The first massive Hall H presentation of the day puts the spotlight on AMC’s runaway hit zombie drama. In addition to a preview of season five, the panel and Q&A session will include a good chunk of the cast and crew. You’ll be able to toss your questions at actors Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Steven Yeun (Glen), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Melissa McBride (Carol), Chad Coleman (Tyreese), and Michael Cudlitz (Sgt. Ford). On the crew side, you’ll get showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producer/creator Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero. Nerdist mogul/Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick will once again moderate the proceedings.

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Sci-Fi Cancellation Watch: What’s Alive, What’s Dead, And What’s Brand New

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upfronts-2014The five major broadcast networks are set to deliver their “upfronts” in New York this week, an annual event where the networks get to show off their new fall and mid-season series to advertisers and press. We get to find out which shows will survive another season, which won’t, and what new things we’ll be watching later this year. And because we here at GFR love making your life easier, we’ve broken down the genre-related canceled/renewed/brand new announcements by network. If you need a sign to protest the death of Almost Human, you can have some of our posterboard.

While GFR’s primary focus is on science fiction, we’re including news about a few noteworthy shows that don’t fit within that genre, but which will likely be of interest to many of you. Let’s get to it!

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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Actress Confirms Kree Empire Involvement

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SkyeMarvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a way for Marvel Studios to branch out and expand their universe into the realm of broadcast television. While heavy hitters like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor aren’t featured on the show, the episodes focus on a new team of unknown S.H.I.E.L.D. agents comprised of rookies and veterans, and led by Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg. If you’re wondering to yourself, “Hey! Didn’t Loki kill Agent Coulson in The Avengers?” Well… yes and no, and the answer may involve the Kree Empire.

The mysteries of Coulson’s return have been teased through Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first season. In the premiere, his resurrection came as a surprise to everyone, while Coulson himself had no memory about how he returned to life. The writers used the misdirection term “sent to Tahiti” (or T.A.H.I.T.I.) as a shortcut to what really happened. One member of the new team, Skye (Chloe Bennett), was taken to the same facility when her life was on the line. S.H.I.E.L.D. injected her with a serum made from a blue alien, the same serum that saved Coulson. Skye’s life was saved, but the blue alien has been another puzzle. As it turns out, it might have had something to do with the Kree Empire.

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Lady Sif Visits S.H.I.E.L.D. In Today’s Sci-Fi Television

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SifMarvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, 8/7c) — “Yes Men”
There’s not a whole lot happening on the TV front tonight, but if you’ve stuck with ABC’s woefully uneven Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — or even if you’ve already bailed — you might have a reason to tune in tonight. So far the show has had a couple of noteworthy cameos during its first season: Samuel Jackson popped up in the show’s second episode, and Stan Lee put in the requisite appearance in the February episode “T.R.A.C.K.S.” Tonight the show is bringing in another player from the big-screen Marvel Cinematic Universe: actress Jaimie Alexander, who will be reprising her role as Lady Sif from the two Thor movies.

The show previously tied into Thor: The Dark World for the November episode “The Well,” but while it involved Asgardian technology, it didn’t actually bring in any of the Asgardians we know so well. (Although we did get Peter MacNicol, which helped ease the pain.) I think much of the excitement when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was first announced was at the thought of more direct interactions between the show and the events of the movies, but for the most part S.H.I.E.L.D. has focused on its own core of characters. That’s understandable, but also not much comfort when the characters and storylines so far haven’t really knocked it out of the park. The writers and producers keep insisting in interviews that there’s great stuff coming, but we’re about to see the 15th of only 17 planned episodes at this point, so they’re running out of time to bring the awesome. Scuttlebutt says S.H.I.E.L.D. will likely be returning for a second season, so here’s hoping the show finally hits its stride.