‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Creators Reveal ‘Captain America 2′ Fallout, Future Plans & More

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[Warning: MAJOR Captain America 2 SPOILERS!]


The true impact of Captain America: The Winter Solider‘s events will soon be revealed in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s  highly-anticipated tie-in episode, “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and series co-creators Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen are now beginning to reveal how this monumental change to the series’ core element will impact the future of the show.

While speaking to THR – and after shooting the season 1 finale with a special Marvel Movie guest star – Whedon and Tancharoen talk about Hydra’s impact on the series from the start; Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe; and what’s left of everyone’s (once) favorite secret organization.

In Captain America: The Winter Solider, it is revealed that Hydra has infiltrated much of S.H.I.E.L.D. and, in an attempt to protect the world from their assassination Helicarriers, Captain America (Chris Evans), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. as we know it, leaving Coulson and co. with far fewer friends than they had before.

Tancharoen: From the very beginning. We had the order to do a series about SHIELD and, literally, a day or two after that they said, ‘Oh, by the way, there’s a movie coming up that will affect your show.’

Whedon: The great thing about the Marvel Universe is that it’s one universe. So, that’s the thing that makes it exciting. And that’s the opportunity we were given. And so this was obviously something we would have to incorporate. Right away, we saw both the challenges it posed and the opportunities it would bring.

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Now with context, it’s easy to see how Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s launch and subsequent episodes could have been very heavily impacted by finding out about Captain America: The Winter Soldier - after already the show was already picked up. The pilot was shot and in the can, and any intended arc and/or character development that were originally planned would need to be tweaked in order to support a monumental storyline that’s coming 5 months after the premiere – not to mention a required tie-in for Thor: The Dark World too, which really had little to do with S.H.I.E.L.D. directly.

Whedon: Coulson’s already had a rough year. The organization that he devoted his life to has lied to him. He’s always known that secrets are a big part of it but he started to pay a price for that. This is a heavy blow. One, it’s a huge punch he’ll have to roll with in some way. We had been exploring the affect it would have on him and other members of the team.

Tancharoen: Now that there’s sort of the overall big bad that’s revealed, there’s differently[sp] a procedural approach to taking down those factions that exist within S.H.I.E.L.D.

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To audiences, Coulson is essentially S.H.I.E.L.D., and he will serve as the proverbial linchpin to the television series’ version of Phase II. No matter how many factions still exist within S.H.I.E.L.D., or how shocked Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) is to find out she’s been unknowingly helping Hydra, viewers will look to Coulson, his reaction and subsequent plan to truly define the importance and strength of this monumental moment, and whether or not it’s worth it to continue watch. Coulson is a man of few words; however Clark Gregg is, as Aaron Sorkin’s Sports Night proved, someone who can take the smallest moments and make them memorable.

What about Coulson’s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Tancharoen: That’s always a possibility. There’s also the possibility of other characters from our show having a place in a Marvel film. Right now, our show is designed to stand on its own, with Coulson at the center. With everything that happened in Captain America 2 we are dealing with details and the personal and emotional fallout. That’s the great thing about the Marvel Universe: you can always interweave at some point.

“Yes and no,” appears to be the answer here. Coulson being alive, without any of the Avengers knowing, can hold until The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron - but at some point The Avengers will have to know that their friend is still alive, and then comes the “problem” that Tancharoen slightly hints at.

Coulson is no longer “Coulson”; he’s responsible for a team and, now, is without an organization to back him, so when he returns to the MCU he will be returning as Coulson and co., even if no one else from the series appears with him; but what if someone does?

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At that point, the MCU will be combining its powers with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and if scenes with Coulson and May – or Coulson and Skye (Chloe Bennet) – don’t play well to the movie-going audience, then the MCU movie in question will have taken an unnecessary hit for its television sister.

Tancharoen: I think it’s thrilling for us for people to finally be able to see it. I mean, we’ve known about this from the outset. The whole season was built towards this. We started very standalone, planting seeds, and that will pay off in the back half. Everything was sort of shaped and structured for this part of the season, for this link-up with the film, so these last six episodes, we’re really thrilled for people to see.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had its fair share of missteps before finally finding its voice, and while the series still isn’t perfect, it’s slowly finding its way. What all is in store for Coulson and co. is still taking shape, but from where the series began and where it is now – along with a thoroughly entertaining Captain America sequel – it will be exciting to see where they take things in the last stretch of season 1 – and the bid for season 2.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays @8pm on ABC. You can check out of preview of this week’s episode blow:

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I’ve never been a Disney Marvel fan.. but I was pleasantly surprised with The Winter Soldier. I must admit though, one of the greatest aspects of the film for me was S.H.I.E.L.D. going in the crapper FORCING THIS AWFUL SERIES TO END MUAHAHAHAHAAHHAHA even though it won’t really lol

    • it’s not Disney Marvel – it’s basically JUST Marvel
      yes Disney is the parent, but they’ve pretty much let Marvel do whatever they want – all Disney does is smile and hold all the money

  2. I won’t judge the series until after the season finale.
    Let’s see how the entire thing turns up after Winter Soldier.

  3. Please god do not let any of the cast except Coulson come into the movies. The Jed and Maurissa Scooby show needs to just stay away from the big screen.

    • Although I really like the show for what it is, I do agree with you, only Coulson should return to the big screen, as the others just don’t measure up.

      …except for Bill Paxton and Saffron Burrows. They could make the jump as well, but those would be the only three I would want to see in the movies.

      • paxton and ward are hydra and ward kills hand so saffron burrows wont be able to show up in a movie.

        • How do you know? I don’t believe any of what you are claiming has happened yet.

            • Actually, I’d be surprised if Ward is actually Hydra. Something tells me he and Hand might have simulated her death, so he could work his way deeper into Hydra.

              We’ll see.

        • Come on, man. I know Hulu posted it early but most of us haven’t seen eps 17 yet.

        • Thanks for spoiling the episode you jerk

          • Why did he hold you down and force you to read it, moron!

          • Dude if you did not want it to be spoiled then do not come to an article about the darn episode without watching it then call people a jerk for talking about it. Talk about being a jerk wow…

            • The episode had not been released when he put up the spoilers, it leaked on Hulu early and he decided to let everyone know what had happened. He was very much being a jerk

  4. “The Avengers will have to know that they’re friend is still alive, and then comes the “problem” that Tancharoen slightly hints at.”


  5. Im so excited to see how they’re going to reveal to the avengers that Coulson is alive.

  6. Ocasio…

    I will say thank you for do a piece on AoS that was fair and not overloaded with bias.

    A little bias is great so we can see where the writer is coming from and I picked up on it in this piece.

    But.. IMO it was well placed (“had its fair share of misteps but has found its way..”) and made for a fair, engaging, educational, and thought provoking story.

    • If a show is uniformly bad, are they supposed to ignore that and cater to the apologists?

      This show is bad. It has it’s moments, and I WANT it to be so much better, but it’s going to take a lot to get there. This HYDRA infiltration thing is the perfect excuse for them to cut the fat from the cast and basically start over with a better cast and premise.

  7. Is this show still good? I stopped watching after that episode where it was hinted that they created some gravity super villain. The whole show just seemed too campy and didn’t seem to fit with the marvel universe we see on screen. Has it gotten better? This Winter Soldier tie in makes me consider watching the series again, but is it worth it?

    • This is my experience with coming back to the show. I tried to comeback for the whole Coulson “reveal” and had to turn it off after 15 minutes cause Skye was annoying as hell. Haven’t watched since and will not get burned again by this show. I’m a fan of Joss, but I am not a fan of his hack brother, Jed and Joss’s hack sister-inlaw Maurissa.

      • LMAO, I’m gonna give the show a second chance and watch the next couple episodes, due to the Winter Soldier, Hydra tie-in

        HAIL NSA, oops, I meant HYDRA!

    • No. I keep hoping it will get better, but watching it is really a chore.

  8. It’s not that great, the show has its moments I guess. I think it’s definitely gotten a bit better in the more recent episodes though in comparison to the mind numbingly bad start the show got off to. I’ll most likely keep watching if the show gets another season or something similar (considering the ending of CA:TWS) but it certainly wouldn’t bother me if it ended with just the one season.

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier was so great, I think the Russo brothers should direct an episode of Agents of SHIELD before they get started on Captain America 3, like Whedon did before focusing on Age of Ultron. Or maybe just the writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFreely. They did such a great job and I think it’d be really fitting and maybe help set the tone for future, hopefully better episodes because one thing’s for certain; CA:TWS is exactly what AoS should have been like from the get go.

    • you’re on to something the Russo brothers should not only direct an episode, they should take the reigns of the show. Sebastian Stan could co-star with Coulson and with Agent Eric Koenig (Patton Oswalt) form a whole new team. The rest of the cast can die from either botialism or an unexplained explosion (while using a can opener to open can goods)

  9. Hulu released the latest ep by accident and everyone is saying it was the best ep ever for the show. Dam Hulu, have to wait for tonight since it off now.

  10. Did anyone notice at the end of the promo for this episode, the S.H.I.E.D logo briefly switched to the Captain America shield, then switched back again?

    Plus the music they used was Daft Punk from Tron Legacy.

  11. The fact that Ward didn’t said the words “Hail Hydra” tells me that he aint part of Hydra which sucks and would be very lame if hes not.

    • Why would that “suck and be lame” exactly? Nevermind. Don’t try and tell me. I already know better lol. Moving on…



      Sidenote: When they were stuck on the plane I was 95% sure that they were going to get out the way that they did. The reference was nice.

      • because I loved that whole twist with ward being part of hydra because now I really to see how the team will be affected when they find out ward is a hydra solider. Especailly after skye and ward finally getting together.

        • Yeah, I really liked the twist as well and hope Ward really is a Hydra agent. But the streak of Marvel killing off characters and bringing them back hasn’t faded so…Yeah if Ward is still a Shield agent and they bring back Hand, I will be pissed.

          • I actually like Agent Hand. Not only because she is pretty to look at, but also because, imo, she is the most convincing actress on the show.

            I hope she is not really dead, and it was all staged so Ward could work his way into Hydra.


  13. *Spilers* I’m sure some of them know Coulson’s alive. Coulson just hasn’t really been relevant in Iron Man 3, Thor 2, or Cap 2. They’re their own movies and Coulson was clearly preoccupied during Thor and Cap. Iron Man 3 was about Tony’s conflicts and he was fairly busy and SHIELD is always been a busy organization. Ward was notified Coulson was alive becoming level 7. Cap was identified as Level 8. Thor, with Heimdall’s sight and Sif’s visit and the relic incident probably knows. As for Tony, really?