A number of weeks ago I read about an online promotion for the upcoming Thor movie wherein S.H.I.E.L.D. was recruiting agents. You went onto their website and entered your e-mail address, and received a message saying that you would be called upon to join the ranks when the time came. A couple of days ago, I received this—which I nearly didn’t open, as it was sent from “Acura”:
I had a little mini geek-out at how cool this felt. Entrance exam for S.H.I.E.L.D.! I’m going to ace this! I sat in my work cubicle during my lunch break, logging in and studying the website, feeling all determined. Of course, this is S.H.I.E.L.D. we’re talking about—they’re not going to let just anyone in. First thing’s first—and that, my friends, is a fingerprint scan:
Gotta say, a retinal scan would have upped the coolness factor, but this will do. You have two choices for logging in:
- Use your Facebook account to create an agent record
- Log in as a visitor (which won’t allow you to save your progress)
I’m not really a huge fan of using my Facebook account to log into other sites, especially when I’m not on my personal computer, so I took the easy way out for now and selected “Vistor.” It takes you to a narrated mini movie describing the organization and you whirl through a lot of different events and photos and nifty graphs in rapid succession:
Until you eventually reach this screen:
Hahaa. Nice, eh? Can’t fully say I was expecting that. It could be worse—it could have been product placement for a Prius (blech). You’re instructed to customize your vehicle—I chose the TL (although the MDX sports a 2.4 liter turbo, I’m not a huge fan of the midsize crossover) and went on my merry way to the assignments screen. Getting there, you’re hit with thrilling shots like this, meant to make the fanboy(girl) squee:
You ultimately come to a series of four “case files,” of which you must complete the first in order to access the next, and so on. Case L1 is comprised of completing a sector scan to locate a recorded energy disturbance.
More geeking out upon hitting the “Activate Agent Task” button. Oooh, it feels so … authorized! I’m so excited! Nick Fury, I won’t fail you!
Want to see what comes next? Too bad. This is as far as I go. I’m under obligation from S.H.I.E.L.D. not to disclose any further information. I’ve already said too much… I bet they’re hovering overhead as we speak.
This was just meant to entice—I can’t do all your work for you, agent.
Check out http://www.joinshield.com/ to sign up and become part of the campaign.