AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ratings Down, STERANKO's Approval Up in Week 2, BOOM! & FOX Team

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AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ratings Down In Second Week

After the blockbuster success last week of the premiere of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., it surprised no one that the ratings would dip somewhat with its sophomore episode – but what was surprising was how much. According to Deadline, the second episode only garnered 8.4 million live viewers – a drop of 34% from last week’s debut high. The surprise cameo of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury couldn’t do anything to bolster those number given the surprise nature of it, but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did face some stiff competition as it was going head-to-head with a new episode of CBS’s NCIS, which was the exit of long-time cast member Cote de Pablo, which garnered 19.2 million viewers, twice what Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.received.

JIM STERANKO Says AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Second Episode Shows Some Improvement

Staying with Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., every week one of the biggest names associated with S.H.I.E.L.D. in comics, Jim Steranko, provides a review of the most recent episode of the ABC series.And after the blistering review of last week’s premiere, Steranko is back – but with some words of encouragement for the show.

Steranko applauds this episode’s increase usage of the agency’s high-tech weaponry, as well as the surprise cameo from its most popular agent.

Samuel L. Jackson's hard-boiled, half-minute cameo was an electrifying reminder of what the series could and should be,” Steranko says on. “His razor-edged, energetic barking supercharged the wrap-up bookend, however, with a promise aimed more at previewing his forthcoming feature film than interacting with SHIELD in the future (no plot threads in evidence) -- but no complaint here!”

Despite what he said, Steranko did go on to complain about Jackson’s usage of a “black leather pimp coat,” preferring the S.H.I.E.L.D. jumpsuit Steranko created for the character back in the 1960s.

PEGGY ATWELL Volunteers For a Tour of Duty As Agent Carter In Marvel TV Series

Speaking of S.H.I.E.L.D., the star of the recent Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter, Hayley Atwell, tells Digital Spy that she’s been following the rumors about an Agent Carter television series set in the 1940s and she’s ready to get into action.

“I think Marvel probably take that very seriously, and it's certainly something I would be a part of doing. I'd be interested to show different sides of Peggy,” Atwell states. “Although she's kick-ass, and she can be aggressive and she can be just as competent as the men, it'd be nice to show that she's a feminist in a way. It's not just about her being aggressive and as aggressive as the men in those action sequences, but being able to be a little bit more rounded as a person."

Atwell also confirmed that she has shot scenes for next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, despite denying a role in the sequel earlier this year.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Screenwriting Trio Back For Third Film In 2016

Apparently, Sony is loving what they’re seeing as far as Amazing Spider-Man 2 goes. Although the film isn’t set for release until May of 2014, Sony has already locked down screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner to return to pen a third Spidey film. The trio took over the writing of the franchise from James Vanderbilt, who wrote the screenplay for the 2012 reboot and contributed the basic story for Amazing Spider-Man 2. Kurtzman, Orci and Pinkner took over the screenwriting from Vanderbilt to complete the script for the film.

BOOM! Studios Signs First-Look (and First Dollar Gross) Deal with 20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox has long history with translating comics to film – they’ve even had their own comics company for a time. But it looks like they’re entering a new chapter, as they’ve signed a unique deal with the BOOM! Studios to give them first-look at projects based on all that publisher’s titles, as well as promising “first-dollar gross,” a Hollywood term which means BOOM! would begin seeing revenues from comics adaptations far before comic publishers usually do. And according to THR’s report, BOOM! would split those profits evenly between themselves and the creators of the original comics.

"In an era where Jack Kirby doesn't get paid for The Avengers, we are bringing the Jack Kirbys into the circle," Richie told THR’s Borys Kit. "They can use our expertise in the field while they focus on being creative."

Unlike some independent comic publishers, many of BOOM!’s creator-owned titles are partially owned by the publisher. This shared ownership with the creators gives the publisher more incentive to shop the properties as television series and movies, and also a much higher financial reward if successful.

BOOM! recently enjoyed some success in Hollywood with the success of 2 Guns, a live-action movie based on a comics series by Steven Grant and Mateus Santolouco. BOOM! was founded back 2005 by Ross Richie and Andrew Cosby, and Richie has a long history of helping navigate comic books navigate through the complex Hollywood system from Matt Wagner’s Mage and even doing work with Dark Horse’s movie division.

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