Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now playing in most major markets across the world and the timing of its release couldn’t be better for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole, which extends beyond the films and onto television. The Captain America sequel, serving as a bridge of sorts between The Avengers and next summer’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, puts the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization front and center. And what happens with S.H.I.E.L.D., must play into what happens in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series – set in the same continuity – which follows a special ops team from the organization.
Along with glowing reviews, Captain America 2 broke multiple records at the box office this weekend. Earning just over $95 million domestically in its opening, Captain America: The Winter Soldier became the biggest April release of all-time, living up to its advanced ticket sales record it broke days earlier. The film now sits at $300 million worldwide, on track to demolish the box office earnings of its predecessor, Captain America: The First Avenger.
Well-timed to take advantage of the buzz surrounding the key ‘Phase 2’ film release, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned last week from its final break in the schedule to begin its seven-episode push through to the end of the season. Needless to say, after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, fans who are following along with the series and the film are eagerly anticipating the April 8th episode (“Turn, Turn, Turn”) which deals partly with what occurs in The Winter Soldier.
We can only speculate what the remaining episodes will cover in relation to the film and whether, if anything, the series will play into next summer’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has already been shooting for several weeks. But it is going to deal with the bigger picture agenda of the franchise as we can confirm that one important character from the films will be playing a part on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season finale on May 13th… [Warning: Potential Spoilers for Marvel Cinematic Universe]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays @ 8pm on ABC. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – which connects to the series – hits theaters April 4, 2014.
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