ABC‘s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show poster promo for each remaining episode. The end of ‘End of the Beginning‘ marked the beginning of Agents‘ countdown to its first season finale. To mark the occasion, Marvel has announced a promotional artwork campaign to accompany the closing arc. The campaign, dubbed ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level Seven,’ will feature a new poster, designed by a different renowned artist, to be unveiled ahead of each new episode.
Series producer Jeff Bell on the campaign:
I think one of the great things about Marvel is that all of the universes and everything connects — it all originally came from the comic-verse, it was all inspired by the writers and artists and the comics. And from that, [Marvel head honcho] Kevin Feige, and the movie universe people. I think it’s a really lovely way to bring it all back, because a number of the artists have worked for Marvel and are working for Marvel, and so to go back to them and let us inspire them for the work and see how they respond to it is really exciting. And I think in the world of Mondo and limited edition art, getting to do something like this will feel really special to fans who collect them, and for us as mementos of the show it was a really exciting idea.
Just the idea of having this art and having different people interpret the show… letting the fans collect that and own that… in a world where Twitter and Facebook give you the illusion of connection, this is actually a tangible way to do it. I also think we have such a diverse base — we have hardcore Marvel fans, and then we’ve got families with kids, and college kids, and there are so many different ways to reach different people. And a large group of our fans do live online and through Twitter, and we have a great cast who loves doing that.
I was in art design before I became a writer, and I love comics and art — it’s been a great boon to what we do, having it memorialized this way. It’s funny, you’ll find TV writers who’ve got their name on a big multimillion dollar episode, and then they see someone else who wrote a comic with their name on it, and we all just want to write a comic. We all just want a comic we can own that has our name on it. Because the TV screen is so ephemeral, but to have a comic that you wrote, or to have a poster that commemorates an episode that you wrote, is pretty cool. So we’re all looking forward to that.
The same way that you cast a show, you cast an artist. You find what the material is — this person, I like what you do here, I think they’d have an interesting take on this, whether it’s more graphic, whether it’s more figurative, whether it’s more emotional, whether it’s a montage of images. And I think as the art directing team looked at their short list of artists and looked at the episodes coming up, they tried to pair the right emotional combination. There’s men and women and I think we’ve done a really nice job of doing that. There’s a broader spectrum of illustrators. There are people who do comics, there are people who do covers or movie posters or editorial illustrations, and I would say people have skills in many fields that way.
For episode 1.17, ‘Turn, Turn, Turn,’ artist Mike Del Mundo has presented a fitting representation of the ‘Uprising’ arc’s initial theme of mistrust, betrayal, and the quest for answers, all under the dire prospects of a mole within (and perhaps even running) the agency (see if you can spot the odd agent out, in the design).
The Art of Level Seven, 1st print:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level Seven, by Mike Del Mundo
Jeff Bell on Mike Del Mundo’s contribution:
For fans who saw “End of the Beginning,” we’ve been looking for The Clairvoyant, and the team came to some realizations and conclusions where we think it’s is a high level S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and so the idea of S.H.I.E.L.D. being a maze and that there’s a rat in the maze and no one trusting anyone…I thought Mike did a great job of capturing that. I think if you saw 16, the stakes really went up a lot, and I think when you come back nexy week for 17, that will only continue to be more true. And we feel like if you look at a 22 episode season as a movie, we’re in the 3rd act of the movie. And from here on, its just full on action and urgency and momentum, and sometimes it takes awhile to set everything up, but we think we’re going to bring all those dominoes together really nicely for here through 22.
Each poster in this series will be made available to order, as a limited edition high quality print, limited to 100 copies, on the MarvelStore.com. Each will be made available to own at 1 am, PST, every Thursday prior to each remaining episode of the season.
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