How Will Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Change Things Up in 2014?

Published 8 months ago by , Updated April 7th, 2014 at 8:54 pm,

Agents of SHIELD Captain America Winter Soldier Tie In How Will Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Change Things Up in 2014?

Needless to say, for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to fit into the larger movie plans for Captain America 2 and The Avengers 2 – and to be successful for viewers and critics - changes need to be made and part of it might be altering a few of the original plans. For Marvel, that seems to mean introducing more, higher profile characters from the books – something CW’s Arrow has relished in as of late. Speaking with CBR, series executive producer Jeffrey Bell teased the idea of seeing more Marvel characters pop up in future episodes of the series and the show working to tie-in more closely with the films.

I would say, in general, I think fans will experience the episodes as being a bit more “Marvel.” I mean that on several levels. I think we’re always looking to find characters either from the Marvel movie universe or the comic universe that fans would recognize. I think bringing the tension and suspense of the movies is something that we’re looking to do as our characters become more confident.

The other thing that seems to be happening, just based on the fact that what felt like standalone were in fact for us setting up a lot of different pieces of the puzzle, I think you’re going to feel more momentum from the stories, episode to episode. Occasional cliffhangers, which I feel are more like a Marvel Comic ending than, “it’s all neatly tied up in a bow.” So I think on a few levels, fans will feel it’s moving a bit more in the Marvel direction.

Echoing these words, Jeph Loeb, Head Of Marvel’s TV Division, offered an interesting response to Huffington Post’s question about why the show has avoided pulling in characters from Marvel Comics.

“Stay tuned, there’s a plan.”

Are we going to see some major movie cameos in the series in the spring as the show leads into and ends its first season around the same time Captain America 2 opens in theaters? Could we see some lesser-known characters from the comics pop up in the show? If so, can ABC and Marvel live up to the hype of these higher profile appearances and will they service a larger story and go beyond generating buzz to bring back viewers?

As it stands, outside of using Marvel keywords and logos, and namedropping Marvel characters, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t have much “Marvel” in its DNA – at least in the episodes so far. Even the episode “The Well” which tied directly into the aftermath of the events of Thor: The Dark World barely had anything to do with the film, outside of showing London and mentioning Asgardian lore. That episode, for example, could have swapped out the Asgard angle for any made-up-on-the-spot alien species and nothing would have changed. That reality combined with Marvel really drawing out the mystery surrounding Agent Coulson’s death highlight just some of the issues the show needs to address when it returns.

Are you satisfied with the series as it stands? If not, what would you change? Let us know in the comments!

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More: 4 Ways to Improve ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier releases on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes.

Sources: CBRHuffington Post (2), TV Guide

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  1. I want them to add mockingbird to Coulsen’s team and I learned that Sif will be in the 15th episode.

  2. The show is, simply put, not good. Coulson is awesome but he’s the only thing about the show that consistently works. The rest of the SHIELD agents are totally forgettable. The dialogue often feels like it’s trying too hard to be “Whedon-esque”. Nothing happens for weeks on end until there is a movie to promote, and then it’s like the show suddenly remembers it takes place in the Marvel Universe. Otherwise there’s little tie-in and the bit that does take place feels tacked on and inorganic.

    As it stands I only watch the episodes with a movie tie-in or if a review says there’s some worthwhile revelation or tie-in. It seems very much like Marvel doesn’t want to contribute, incorporate or cast ANY characters in the show just in case they might use them in the MCU moving forward. This attitude has really given me pause about the shows Marvel has commited to Netflix. If it’s more of the same I wouldn’t bother.

  3. i agree with Talon, some like that would tie in better to the movies.
    Maybe Jessica Drew as an agent of shield,
    Might be good if they used AIM and Hydra more.

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  5. The show wasn’t very strong, in my opinion, until after the tie in with Captain America 2. Now that they’ve incorporated the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D and introduced HYDRA, it’s a lot more exciting. It does seem like they’ve sort of dropped most of the plot line from before the mid season break, though. Perhaps it’s just because there are other issues at hand, but we still want to know what’s special about Coulson.

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  8. Admittedly, MAOS got off to a rocky start, and didn’t really improve much over time; but they have gotten better as the season started running into the Winter Soldier release, and the events in it.

    The comments that not enough supers appear, even in cameos, is valid. As it has been, MAOS has just been CSI in a modded C-17, only not as good. Season two may be a killer, with SHIELD being both defunct, and considered a quasi-terrorist organization. Even agents need to eat, and The Bus doesn’t run on solar energy, or make spare parts out of thin air; and I certainly don’t see this group as being the new core group to re-build SHIELD around.

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