Last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./Thor: The Dark World crossover went relatively well (check our Official Nerd Bastards review of the episode here), and it seems like a no-brainer that Captain America: The Winter Soldier will send ripples through the show as well. Fortunately, Jed Whedon shined some light on the potential for a tie-in during a recent interview.

It’s an obvious step in building the Marvel television brand, and they’ve done a decent job of hanging onto The Avengers name to gain popularity for the show, so it’s no surprise that they’d like to continue that trend. “We’re trying to flesh out the world,” executive producer Jed Whedon said on the topic; what would S.H.I.E.L.D. be without the extraordinary dilemmas they have to deal with, and what better place to find these dilemmas than the other franchises in the MCU? With 4 movies already confirmed for the future of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, and the recently announced Netflix-Marvel deal, it’s only logical to tie the rapidly expanding list of Marvel franchises to one another.

The Marvel brand carries with it a lot of familiar faces. We’re trying to flesh out the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. with the established characters and the characters we’re introducing to build out the larger organization that we operate in. That’s where some of the fun can be had.

While he doesn’t tell us exactly what to expect (and why should he? It’s still months away), Whedon does seem to confirm that there will indeed be a crossover, and that they’re looking to do some “cool stuff.” This only makes sense; if you’re going to do an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. focused on any one of the current crop of Marvel heroes, wouldn’t it be Cap’?

Nick Fury [Samuel L. Jackson] is in that one, and S.H.I.E.L.D. makes an appearance, so we will definitely try to tee-up some stuff and probably play a little bit of the fallout from that film.

And for those of you wondering whether or not the writers even know where there going with the “Coulson’s death” angle, Whedon was even gracious enough to comment on that.

We know that there’s going to be a lot of theories and there’s no chance that whatever we reveal won’t, at some point, be written on the internet. We’re just trying to come up with ways to make it surprising or make it not how they expected it to unravel. We know what it is, but we know that no one else does yet.

That may not give us a lot, but I don’t know what more anyone would expect. They aren’t going to tell us anything about a mystery that’s been on our minds since before the show even debuted. Hell, Clark Gregg didn’t know what the real story was about Tahiti just a month ago.



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