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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Exclusive: Bill Paxton Doesn't Fear the Reaper

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Marvel fans, listen up: We've got a first look at the opening moments of next week's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," which directly ties in with the current big-screen blockbuster "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

In what is probably the best 90-second cold open of any show this season, a couple of S.H.I.E.L.D. fighter pilots try to shoot down Bill Paxton's jet, but Bill Paxton isn't having any of it because… well, he's Bill Paxton.

Last week's “S.H.I.E.L.D.” was one of the most successful of the season, and had pretty much everything the show had been promising to deliver from the beginning: action, drama, a little super-villainy, a little comedy, and a connection with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In this case, that connection was a S.H.I.E.L.D. conspiracy that ties in with “Winter Soldier."

[Related: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Uncovers a 'Captain America' Conspiracy]

And next Tuesday's “Turn, Turn, Turn” looks to keep that same pace. Agent Coulson and friends are on their way to a S.H.I.E.L.D. firing squad as their ally, Agent Garrett (played with appropriately cool charm by Paxton), is dodging heat-seeking missiles. And of course, Garrett is listening to “Don't Fear the Reaper.”

If you've been waiting for “Agents” to get good, but grew tired of all the set-up earlier in the season, now is a good time to get on board. “Winter Soldier” may have been just the shot in the arm the series needed to turn it into the exciting and fun action show it's always wanted to be.

“Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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