In a revelation that surprises only the three most gullible nerds on the planet, the showrunners of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have said that as the show progresses through its second season, it will eventually intersect with the doings of The Avengers in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This, in and of itself, is not a spoiler. S.H.I.E.L.D. has intersected twice before with the big screen Marvel adventures – Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier – so with Age of Ultron hitting theaters May 1, conveniently at the end of the show’s second season, it seemed only natural that Disney would parlay a show they own, on a network they own, to do cross-promotion with the new movie they own based on the characters they own. It all makes sense in the end.
While talking to Entertainment Weekly on the subject, S.H.I.E.L.D. showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen discussed the possibility, and unsurprisingly mixing some Avengers action into S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a consideration.
“You should expect something,” said Whedon. “The Avengers is the big tent that all the franchises play under. Obviously, we’re included in that.”
“I don’t think any movie has the potential to impact us in the way that Captain America 2 did,” added Tancharoen, “but there will be connections.”
Of course, The Winter Solider single-handedly destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D., elevated HYDRA into big bad status, and managed to salvage what had been, to that point, a pretty lousy season of television. It would be somewhat unreasonable to expect Marvel to pull the same trick twice one year after the next, wouldn’t it?
As for S.H.I.E.L.D./Avengers connections, there have already been a few. We know that HYDRA plays a part in introducing Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) into the movie thanks to HYDRA leader Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann), all of whom were introduced at the end of The Winter Soldier. On S.H.I.E.L.D. meanwhile, Ward was heard to mention Herr Strucker while talking to a HYDRA representative, something about Strucker commanding HYDRA’s overseas operations.
I wouldn’t have said this a year ago, but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been flying high on its own lately without any help from the movies (I mean aside from that initial help from The Winter Soldier.) It would be a shame if all that good work were to be undone because they have to do some busy work promoting a movie that doesn’t really need the extra help. Is there anyone who isn’t going to be at Age of Ultron opening night that might be there if they’re persuaded to by an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? I thought not.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters everywhere May 1; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s midseason finale airs tonight on ABC.
Source: Coming Soon