“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” like any TV show that runs for seven seasons, had its ups, downs, and everything in between in terms of fan reception. The first season, in particular, drew some ire for what viewers perceived as slow pacing while the show waited for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” to upend the entire status quo of its universe. Even lead actor Ming-Na Wen, with the superpower of hindsight, has some reservations about that inaugural season.
“I think any show has their growing pains, and especially the first season, I believe our executive producers and our entire writing staff, everybody’s hands were a little bit tied, because there was this agenda, which we didn’t know about,” Wen recalled to ComicBookMovie in 2015. “They didn’t tell us that it was going to be so tied into Winter Soldier, so there was a lot of logistics that they had to work around timing-wise. That certainly doesn’t help, I don’t think. At the same time, I think they did help to develop the relationship between the first six main characters and what S.H.I.E.L.D. was about. In a way, even though the pacing was a little slow and the expectations were different than what the audience wanted for Marvel, ultimately that was hard, and understood, I think that’s the process of any show: to just keep developing creatively. At least we were heading in the right direction!”