Last week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. basically spent the last 10 minutes of the episode teasing Avengers: Age of Ultron, from Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) passing along the discovery of Baron von Strucker’s secret base to Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) to Raina’s (Ruth Negga) vision of metal death raining from the sky. This is not a new development, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was teased in the S.H.I.E.L.D. episode aired immediately before its release, and everyone agrees that the overall effect on the show was positive. Will lightning strike twice? Will the fallout from Ultron mean another shake-up for S.H.I.E.L.D.? We will likely find out tomorrow night, as one Marvel executive seems to confirm that fans should stay tuned.
Once again, we’re about to get into spoilers, so let’s do a spoiler countdown.
So as you know, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) turns up after the Avengers get their asses handed to them by Ultron (James Spader), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). In the isolated farmhouse home of Hawkeye’s (Jeremy Renner) never before mentioned wife and kids, Fury gives the Avengers a pep talk to get them back in the game and promises to help them out.
In the end, Fury’s help is in the form of the Helicarrier and a handful of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to assist in the evacuation of civilians from the Sokovian city Ultron is destroying. After the fight, we see Fury, Hill and the team in a new facility in upstate New York where it looks like they’re training a new fighting force. Is this the Avengers Academy? A third S.H.I.E.L.D. organization? There’s a lot of holes left open, but Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige suggested to /Film, that those holes maybe filled on S.H.I.E.L.D.
Now, when Nick Fury goes away and comes back with a Helicarrier, that seems like a big chunk of off screen story. Is that something we might see referenced on SHIELD?
Feige: I think it’s fair to say you could fill in some of those blanks in the coming weeks on Tuesday at 9.
There’s a lot left to learn about the plot of this season’s S.H.I.E.L.D. including the mysterious Project Theta that Coulson’s been putting together. Is Theta the new Avengers facility? Was Coulson recruiting powered people for this Initiative or Avengers Academy, if that’s what it is? If there is this new group operating, what impact will it have on Coulson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. and the very anti-super-powered S.H.I.E.L.D. group lead by Gonzales (Edward James Olmos). And of course there’s this whole Inhuman storyline going on… Only three episodes left for the season, and that’s a lot of ground to cover for S.H.I.E.L.D. Renewal of the show, is still a subject left up in the air too.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters everywhere; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 9 pm EST on ABC.