‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season Finale Has At Least One Major Cameo

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[You've Been Warned. Potential Spoilers Ahead For Captain America: The Winter Soldier]

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Speaking with Vulture, Samuel L. Jackson revealed that he had just recently shot his scenes as Nick Fury in the season finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. We only consider this a minor spoiler because we know some readers have yet to see the Captain America sequel and the marketing attempts to leave the impression that Director Nick Fury might not make it out of the film alive, and for those who’ve seen it, that he’s gone into hiding by the end of the film.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier leaves the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an interesting place and drastically alters the playing field for which writer and director Joss Whedon (who’s also responsible for the TV series) will play on with The Avengers sequel. The S.H.I.E.L.D. organization as we know it, is no more. Its headquarters and three new airships are gone and its leadership – which was infiltrated by undercover HYDRA agents – is gone as well. By the end of the film, Nick Fury has gone into hiding and in his last meeting with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff  aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), he says he’s going to Europe on some other mission.

The shocking events of Captain America 2 take place in a mere three-day span, meaning this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes place during or just after. The most exciting element for viewers will be seeing how Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his ragtag team will deal with the revelation that the organization they work for has been eradicated. But we at least know that by the end of it, Coulson will come face-to-face with Fury once more.

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Limited Edition Poster for episode 17 (“Turn, Turn, Turn” )

We hope that means we’ll learn something about how and why Coulson is special and why Fury moved “heaven and earth” to keep him alive, and we hope it means we’ll learn about what Fury – who’s operating ‘underground’ – is up to now that S.H.I.E.L.D. is in pieces. More importantly, will this offer some seeds for the next (and final) two Phase 2 films in the franchise (Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2)?

The executives and writers of behind Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. promised that its return and final half in 2014 would “feel more Marvel” and include more characters from the books, bigger payoffs and consequences, and more meaningful ties to the films. So far, that is mostly true. And from what we know if the remaining episodes, it seems it’s going to continue.

Let’s see if the Clairvoyant reveal is a meaningful payoff in the grand scheme of things and if the blue alien mystery takes advantage of the potential comic book storylines for Skye and Coulson. In the meantime, here are some fun theory posts, features and discussions on major Agents of SH.I.E.L.D. topics. Join in and share your thoughts and theories in the comments!

If you dig the maze-like poster above by Mike Del Mundo for the next episode, it’s the first in a series of six in the #TheArtofLevel7 series. If you like the style, also check out quickly-sold-out Mondo posters for Captain America: The Winter Soldier here.

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More: Marvel Plans Ahead All The Way To 2028

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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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  1. I don’t know why they refrain so much from using characters from the comics… Even minor ones…

    • I think, since this is interconnected to the movies… they can’t just pick someone before discussing with the movie team. That’s why it’s relatively harder to pull than say, other comic-book TV show that has no relation to the movies (e.g. Smallville)

      • Another article mistakenly called the season finale the series final.

    • Probably because they have a very limited tv budget and movie people command more salary. PS: have you see how low budget deathlok’s costume is?

      • It’s the budget. Sci-Fi’s are harder because of the higher cost to do them…well. Wheldon and crew, for example, did great with what they had for Firefly.

  2. Yes! Yes! Yes! Now this is what I and others have been talking about. Get some more of these characters from the MCU, to make a guest appearance and/or cameo. I loved it, when Sif appeared a few episodes back, and now fans will see Fury again. Make Mine Marvel.

  3. Would love if Hawkeye somehow showed up.

  4. I stopped watching after the 6th episode. Should I give it another shot ?

    • If you’re a big fan of the MCU, prolly worth it to marathon through since now it’s actually connected.

    • Yes. I dunno if you’re one of those people that feels the need to watch the whole thing if you’re going to start watching again, but if so just a warning that it didn’t pick up right after the first six episodes, it was mainly sometime after the midseason break. I recommend watching it all so that you don’t miss out on any story or character development, but if you want the really good stuff, it’s been happening in the last few episodes. Last week’s episode was awesome, and for the first time got me genuinely excited waiting for the next one. Looking forward to tonight!

    • The thing is that it gets better as a TV show after the 6th episode. I say give it another shot, especially since it’s so deeply integrated into what happens after Cap2. I agree the first 5-6 weren’t very convincing episodes, but you’ll wanna tune in for the rest of the season.

    • I stopped and then caught up. It goes from “random interesting item of the week” show to having a larger episodic storyline. It feels less smug/clever and more…serious? It’s still fun. But the later episodes have a feeling of importance.

  5. I hope I can continue watching the show without being spoiled on Captain America. I probably won’t get to see it until next weekend so that will be two episodes from now so i don’t know if I should quite watching the show until then or just risk it.

    • I wouldn’t suggest it. The events in ‘The Winter Soldier’ are most likely going to impact the show in many ways.

  6. I think 6 seems to be what many of us gave it. The show is so painfully bad. I know a lot of Marvel fans but not one still tuning into AOS.

    Personally I think someone with power at Marvel should pull the plug. I would have thought it is damaging the brand, not helping it.

    Stats may prove otherwise but if they don’t throwing a cameo here or there is just trying to polish the, you know.

    The films are so great.

    • I was with you and everyone else in the “this show is awful” ballpark until last night. I jumped straight into the latest episode and was pleasantly surprised by the increased quality.

    • @Chris Fawkes:

      I respectfully disagree with you.

      I like AoS for what it is. I don’t even feel it needs to be too connected to the cinematic universe but others do. That’s a dual-edge sword though now because people who haven’t watched Cap2 are worried that this week’s episode will spoil things for them… another reason why I don’t think it needs to be directly connected but it is a marketing ploy for ABC/Disney/Marvel to drive viewership to AoS.

      To me, AoS is like the Marvel One-Shots. It happens in the MCU, has tie-ins, but doesn’t have to follow the Spandex around.

      AoS is so great too.

  7. I think Agents of Shield is getting better but its screwing with the time line I think. It would make more sense if Iron Man 3 took place after Captain America: The Winter Soldier but judging from the show, Iron Man 3, Thor: Dark World and Cap all take place in that order. I think you guys touched upon that on the podcast. Either way, its a bit confusing.

    • Feige said himself that the movies are happening real time (along with the series).
      I don’t think Iron Man 3 needs to happen after Winter Soldier. I don’t want to say spoilers stuff about the movie, so just think about it. It actually make sense (although you can still argue about it).

  8. Is this major guest the one who’s Chloe Bennet geeking out when she met? Couldn’t be right, since this person is not actually new to the show.

    Anyway, I think the events on Winter Soldier had already happened in last week’s episode. We know Sitwel is sent to the Lemurian Star by Hand (that is prior to we know what), and then Simmons who was left behind at the hub (Triskelion) said something about a commotion happening on the meeting room (my guess is when someone was tried to be apprehended).

    I’m guessing this guest star will hint to what happened to the team after season 1 ends.

    • It could be right. His previous appearance of the show was just he and Coulson with a couple of extras in the background. It’s entirely possible that no one else was even on the set that day. People tend to forget that episodes are filmed over a period of about two weeks and actors not appearing in scenes aren’t necessarily sitting around on the set waiting for their time to come up or anywhere near filming locations.

  9. My apologies if this has been answered already…

    The first episode didn’t get me excited, so I gave up on this show right then and there. I’ve heard it’s gotten better, but not much. My main question is, do you think AoS is getting a second season?

    I personally am not a fan of television and film being in the same universe. I feel like the TV aspect cheapens the illusion of the world that’s been created. But if it looks like this is a series that is here to stay and stories that tie into the films start popping up, I guess i’ll have to swallow my pride and start watching.

    • AOS definitely cheapens the illusion… Mainly due too low budgets, bad plots and several bad actors.

      • It’s a shame it has to be or feel different. It shouldn’t – not when it’s in the same universe as each other – ideally. And especially now that we’re in the age of the Internet. But yes, because TV is not as lucrative as movies (amiright?), it is forced to have a lower budget, lower-paid (read: not as quality) stars, and often, lower quality writing.

        • If they made Joss Whedon showrunner and he commited to writing(or co-writing) at least 2 episodes and directing one per season I would start watching it again…

  10. No AOS has gotton better and its going to get a second season because I think even if it sucked so bad I think its in Joss Whedon contract to have the tv show up to certain number of seasons for him to do Avengers 2. He hooked up his family with the show and so I think Marvel will save AOS just to keep Whedon happy.

    • Plainly said, no. They want to keep the viewers happy, not Whedon. Whedon is doing Avengers 2 regardless of what happens with AoS and his family. They don’t have to carry it for any specific time period, and they can pull the plug whenever they want, especially after a ratings drop off. The only thing keeping this show on the air is that it currently ties into the biggest movie in the world at this moment.

  11. That poster in the second page is cool.

    I think Samuel L. Jackson will appear as cameo int the final episode of season 1.

  12. I have several problems I have with agents of shield. First why are they all so young? Agents of Sheild were elite spies and soldiers with a lot of training ,not right of out of high school kids. 2ndly it almost seems like they were trying to make a cross of x-men with some of men in black thrown in. And how hard would it be to have just a brief cameo of Ironman to aid them in some battle with Hydra? I mean all they would need is a 10 minute computer generated Ironman with a a 20-40 second voice over of Downey Jr. and that wouldreally conect the show the the marvel movies.

    • Fitz and Simmons were the best at the SHIELD academy and are not field agents. Skye’s origins are unknown and they’re trying to find out about them. Coulson, May and Ward are actual field agents and not what I’d considered “young”.

  13. You think? The article says he will, lol.

  14. i think Jemma Simmons is hydra. she was very adamant about taking skye’s blood to sheild to further test even when coulson specifically told her to keep it a secret. i dont remember the exact episode but she was going to sneak a sample to sheild. maybe it was for armin zola to revive him. well just a specualtion. =)

  15. Shield maze poster is kind of neat.

    I don’t know…Coulson>Blue Kree Guy>Guardians Of Galaxy>Thanos>Avengers3? Do they all tie in? Also, Avengers #2 is shooting in Europe among other places, where Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch come from. Could this have something to do with them and Fury’s mission (plus Von Strucker is from Europe). Lots of far-ranging speculation to go around. Ready for these shows!

  16. I thought it was kind of obvious from Cap2 that Zola was the Clairvoyant. The Guest House and the blue alien was not in SHIELD’s computer system. That is why the Clairvoyant didn’t know what happened to Coulson.

    • I was thinking the same, when Coulson and Skye realized that the Clairvoyant was within SHIELD ranks and had access to everything and everyone in SHIELD combined with the “algorithm” it would make sense that Zola is the Clairvoyant.

  17. Nick Fury showing up (again) doesn’t seem like that big a cameo.

    • Well, since it’s gonna happen after The Winter Soldier, we’re gonna find out about his next move, and knowing the destination Fury chose, probably it’s gonna be something related to the mid credits scene. That seems like a big cameo to me.

  18. It must suck to have people who don’t watch the show or bother to read the article comment on your writing.

    Great artcile. Looking forward to the rest of the season along with season 2. Quality has skyrocketed.

  19. Well for those who hate the show, too bad! Yes, it had a slow start but it is beginning to hit its stride now, just like Arrow had a slow start and then found its footing. And whether people like it or not, there was another article posted a while back that basically stated that the show was here for the long haul to help interconnect the smaller details of the MCU and possibly introduce lesser known characters and storylines, like Deathlok. That article stated that the MCU movies were making enough money to support this show so it doesn’t have the same worries as other shows about keeping ups stellar ratings or getting cut. That being said, I’m sure if the ratings dropped into near nothing, they wouldn’t just keep it on to keep it on, but I am glad for once that I don’t have to worry about a show pleasing “everyone” to make sure it stays on the air.
    And again, to those who watched the first few eps and dropped it, give it another chance, it is getting better.

  20. It’s not so special when it’s the same guy from the movies popping in all the time. How about a real surprise cameo?

  21. Agents of SHIELD is a lot different than I thought it would be. I still watch just to see what is going to happen, but I’m really disappointed in the series. Marvel has like a million characters… why can’t they use more of them? I’m not saying that you have to have Cap or Thor or Iron Man show up, but why not some of the really minor characters? I recall earlier in the season they had an episode that talked a lot about gamma radiation. I thought this would have been a perfect setting to use DOC SAMSON. Those are the cameos I was hoping for, not the big guys.

  22. Possible SPOILERS…

    So the end of Cap 2 had Agent Hill applying for Stark Industries. Maybe Stark will become the new head of SHIELD (a rebuilt version) since his dad was part of its foundation. Hill may be assistant director to Tony

    So maybe RDJ shows up and says…”As of right now, you are all on my pay roll” OR “You all, now, work for me.”

    This would be good for season 2 cause…
    1. Maybe they have all will be given higher clearance cause Coulsons groups is believed to be trustworthy. The new chain of command may be
    A. Top level/New Director- Stark
    B. Assistant- Hill
    C. Coulsons Group as top agents too
    2. A lot of info was released to the internet about SHIELD and HYDRA so maybe Coulsons group will be tasked with hunting down villains and spies with that info.
    3. Coulson’s group wont have to wait for clearance as much, or be in the dark as much, cause they are higher level agents which will allow Coulsons group to not feel so restricted (which in my opinion is part of the problem of the show)
    4. They will only have to answer to Stark or Hill so the show can get more fast paced and interesting with being allowed the freedom to roam.

    Finally, it sets up a Civil War story arc and allows RDJ/Stark to sort of retire into the background if he wants to step down as director of Shield or if they want to make his character a background character as head of shield and not show him in future movies cause we know where he is.

  23. The more I think about, the more I think they can have AoS affected by the events in Cap2 without spoiling what actually happened.

    Since SHIELD is supposed to be compartmentalized, they can intimate that something has happened at HQ and it will effect Coulson’s team but they don’t actually have to say what happened.

    Even though *spoiler* SHIELD is assumed to be disbanded, it could just be the Fury-related part of it but SHIELD might still be operating as a organization that is supposedly cleaned up (but we know will still have some Hydra moles).

    We’ll see tonight.

  24. Hey the hotlink I followed to this article said it was a SERIES finale, not SEASON as this article implies. Which is it? Or was that a ‘mistake’