Sunday, October 13, 2013

Review and Commentary on The Agents of Shield Trailer For Episode 4 For Your Old School Marvel Super Heroes Campaign

So this is last week's preview. So are we going to actually see an acceleration of the plot or this is going to be another weird Prime time ending. I do love the show but if I waited till the fourth game to get things moving in a Marvel Super Heroes game my players would kill me! 

By now the plot line for a campaign should sorta, kinda, been moving right along. A few minor bads would have been fought, I'd have handed out a bit of experience, and players would be customizing their PC's. But I digress.

Major Spoilers, Speculation, and Marvel Movie Recap
Ahead ! 

Right so 'Agents of Shield' is coming up tonight and the show has done a lot of the dancing around the whole issue of 'Super Heroes' And big ideas that make up some of the corners of the Marvel universe or at least the television Marvel universe and how it connects the dots to the next Avengers movie as well as the 'Next Big Thing'.
In this case its the new 'Thor Dark World' movie. Which might sort of follow one of my all time favorite Marvel comics Thor story lines. 

According To Wiki :
Dark Elves first appeared in Thor #344 (June 1984) and were originally created byWalt Simonson. The only Dark Elf to appear in that first issue was Malekith the AccursedAlgrim the Strong / Kurse and Wormwood later appeared in Thor #347 (Sept. 1984), once again created by Walt Simonson. Grendell and Bitterhand appeared in Thor #377 (March 1987), and were created by Walt Simonson and Sal Buscema.Alflyse first appeared in Incredible Hercules #129 (Oct. 2009), and was created by Greg PakFred Van Lente, and Reilly Brown.
Thor Vol 1 377.jpg
Since Asgard is seemly behind much of the whole technological revolution that the Earth is undergoing  with its connection to Captain America and The Hulk. I've got to wonder what part shall Malekith_the_Accursed play? 

You see Malekith has had many alliances with Loki and his lot in the past. The Casket of Winters is a piece of  Dark Elven technology. And what does the Casket do?

According to Wiki: 

File:Malekith Thor The Dark World Poster.jpg
I'm betting that the Casket is some how based on the Tesseract.
Given the Tesseract based technology which has already woven its way through all of the movie Marvel properties and some of the cartoons. I can only imagine that it will show up again in Agents of Shield. What is the Tesseract based technology?
 According to The Avengers Movie Wiki :                                                                                      
he Tesseract is an enchanted object of unparalleled power that was once owned by Odin. It features predominantly in Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers. It was guarded by the Asgardian’s, the jewel of Odin's treasure room of Relics, but lost during the last age of worship by men on earth. It is found centuries later in the in the 1940's by German and leader of HYDRAJohann Schmidt, in a box behind Nidhogg in a sculptured mural of the Yggdrasil world tree, located inside a church full of viking warriors entombed within its walls. Schmidt and scientist Arnim Zola harnessed the power of the Tesseract to be used as weapons against the Allies and the entire world. Captain America foils Schmidt's plan to use the Tesseract to launch an aerial attack on the United States, and Schmidt disintegrates into light that shoots into space when he touches the Cube. After Captain America crashes Schmidt's plane, the Cube is later recovered by Howard Stark.
While Tony Stark is flipping through his father's notebook, a drawing of a hypercube is briefly seen on one of the pages, possibly referring to further studies of the Cube after recovering it from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The Cube ended in the hands of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Nick Fury, believing it to be a powerful energy source, asked the aid of Professor Selvig to study it.
After falling into the abyss of space, Loki eventually comes into contact with the alien race of the Chitauri and their masters, Thanos and his servant "The Other". Loki promises to retrieve the Tesseract from Earth and give it to them in exchange for their army. Around this time, S.H.I.E.L.D. is planning to use the Tesseract to create weapons of mass destruction so Earth can defend itself in the event of an attack by enemies from other worlds. This was due to the battle between Thor and Loki, however, according to Thor, their work with the Tesseract was what drew Loki and the Chitauri to it.
About a year after Fury has recruited Dr. Selvig to study the Tesseract, he has now been notified that it is "misbehaving". Fury arrives at a secret laboratory where Selvig has been working. The Tesseract activates and transports Loki to the S.H.I.E.L.D. base. Loki immediately begins slaughtering S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and reveals that he plans to use the Tesseract to enslave and rule over the human race. The power from the portal even creates an explosion that levels the entire nearby area.
After escaping, Loki has Dr. Selvig (now completely under Loki's mind control) to begin to work on the Tesseract to build a device. S.H.I.E.L.D. recruits Bruce Banner along with Tony Stark to trace the Tesseract as it is emitting small amounts of gamma radiation that only he would be able to trace. Selvig and Loki later set up the Tesseract-powered device on top of Stark Tower and activate another portal which opens the door to the Chitauri fleet. Later Natasha Romanoff is told by Dr. Selvig, now free from Loki's mind control, that Loki's sceptre is able to shut off the portal. After closing the portal, the Tesseract is taken back to Asgard along with Loki. Though his superiors are angry at this turn of events, Nick Fury defends his decision to allow Thor to take the Tesseract, saying that humanity is simply not at a level where we deserve the cube's power.

You see the Tesseract is one of those 'Big Ideas' I spoke of earlier.
The Tesseract is based on the Cosmic Cube from late 70's and early 80's Marvel comic plot lines.
 You can find out everything about the Cosmic Cube right over


Here's the appearances of the Tesseract in the Marvel movies according to
Wiki : 

The Cosmic Cube appears in several films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in which it is called the Tesseract (though in The Avengers, it's also referred to as the Cube). It is believed to be of Asgardian origin:

  • hypercube is seen in Howard Stark's notes (skimmed by Tony Stark) in Iron Man 2.[34]
  • The Tesseract is seen briefly in the film ThorErik Selvig is reading a book on Norse mythology with an illustration of Odin carrying the cube in his hand. In a post-credits sceneNick Fury shows the Tesseract to Selvig, who asks what it is, to which Fury replies "unlimited power".
  • In the film Captain America: The First Avenger, the Tesseract is involved in HYDRA's plan for world domination.[35] During World War II, Johann Schmidt captures the cube in T√łnsbergNorway, claiming that it is "the jewel of Odin's treasure room". Schmidt and HYDRA head-scientist Arnim Zola harness the power of the Tesseract to power weapons to be used against the Allies. Captain America foils Schmidt's plan to use the Tesseract to launch an aerial attack on the United States in a highly advanced plane by damaging the conduits transferring the cube's power to the ship, and as Schmidt picks up the Tesseract, its power opens temporarily a portal into space and Schmidt is consumed by the energy and disintegrates, while trying to use it for himself. After Captain America crashes Schmidt's plane, the cube is recovered by Howard Stark, although he appears to dismiss it, seeking out the fallen Steve Rogers instead.
  • The Tesseract is central to the plot in The Avengers.[36][37] Loki opens a portal from "the other side of the universe" and then steals the cube from S.H.I.E.L.D. custody at Project Pegasus. The portal he created causes the base to implode. Loki pledges to give it to the Chitauri in exchange for leading their army in an invasion of Earth. While S.H.I.E.L.D. publicly states that it intends to use the cube as a clean energy source, Nick Fury later admits to the Avengers that they also intend to use it to create weapons to defend against extraterrestrial threats. With the assistance of a brainwashed Dr. Selvig, Loki uses the Tesseract to open a wormhole into space from Stark Tower, allowing the Chitauri fleet to invade Manhattan. After being freed from Loki's control, Selvig informs Black Widow that only Loki's scepter can deactivate the wormhole, and she does so, after Iron Man flies a nuclear missile into the Chitauri mothership on the other side, destroying it. Thor then takes possession of the cube and uses it to return to Asgard with Loki to face "Asgardian justice".

    I think what we're going to see in tonight's episode is a possible hint and nod to Hydra!

    The point of the plot of Agents of Shield is stated right
    Maybe or at least a bit of the 'Red Tide' that we've heard so much about.

    Surely there can't be an old school Marvel Super Heroes tie in here?

    Using  Tesseract Based Technology
     In Your Old School Marvel Super Heroes Game 

    One of the first appearances of Loki and Asgard in the Marvel's Super Heroes is

    Thunder over Jotunheim (1985). This is a classic basic adventure that pits the players against Loki as he tries to take over the bright realm of Asgard. Its available right over HERE.
    The two box sets with weird tech lurking in the background similar to the cube are 'The Avenger's Archive' set and The Lands of Doom set. Both of these have a pretty solid grasp of just that sort of high weirdness lurking in the background.
    Both available right over HERE   'All this and WWII'as well as the 'Revenge of Kang' has even more of the flavor of the movies. The Avengers sourcebook 'Avengers Coast to Coast' has many details on the 'Cosmic Cube' and the Avengers dealings with it.
    Available right over HERE
    Stay away from the Cosmos Cubed saga unless your super agents are ready for a cosmic adventure.
    The Gamer's Handbooks of the Marvel Universe contain everything you need on Captain America, the Cosmic Cube, The Red Skull, and much, much, more.
    Right over

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