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Marvel's Agents of Shield casts Amy Acker

27 March 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

As if the cast of Marvel's Agents of Shield wasn't talented enough already, the show just keeps on adding more impressive guest stars, with the likes of Bill Paxton, Adrian Pasdar, and Patton Oswalt still to feature this season. The latest addition is one Amy Acker, in what will be her fifth role in a Joss Whedon production, proving that once you've been in the Whedonverse, you never leave.

Amy Acker will be playing the role of The Cellist in Portland, in at least one episode. Ardent fans will know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been subtly but steadily building up to her character. Coulson's former romantic interest was mentioned in The Avengers, and then, very deliberately, two or three in Marvel's Agents of Shield. Marvel (and Joss Whedon, for that matter) have a habit of setting tiny plot elements into motion, and then bringing them back, often as something much bigger. »

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How the web series Caper comments on the superhero genre

19 February 2014 9:50 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Last week, Felicia Day's YouTube channel Geek & Sundry debuted their latest live-action scripted show, Caper. Created by Amy Berg (Leverage, Eureka) and Mike Sizemore (Slingers), it concerns a team of impoverished superheroes who reluctantly turn to a life of crime, only to quickly find that it's a big mistake...

Based on the first two episodes of the show's nine-episode first season, here's why you should be watching, and how it comments on the superhero genre and tells its own story within it.

First off, it's fun. The series is directed in a fittingly comic book style, and even capers gleefully into motion comic-style animation for the action sequences; presumably not only to save on budget (superpowers can be pricey), but also as an effective stylistic choice. Our heroes (or protagonists, at least—more on that later; or, to put it another way: to be continued) are the underdogs, at »

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