Watch the Winter Soldier ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ Tie-In Episode Opening [SPOILERS]

Published 1 year ago by

[WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for both ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’]

From the moment it was announced Marvel’s Cinematic Universe was expanding to television with ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., fans speculated over just how much one would impact the other. Throughout the course of season 1, Agents has referenced the MCU and at times included a character or two from the larger cinematic universe, but the fallout from Captain America: The Winter Soldier will have the greatest repercussions yet.

The last three episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have been game-changers for the television series. Not only have we learned the means of Agent Coulson’s resurrection, but a key team member, Agent Melinda May, has been revealed as secretly working for either unknown S.H.I.E.L.D. superiors or as a spy from another shadowy agency. What wasn’t clear until after the release of Captain America 2 is that these developments are a reflection of the changing landscape of the MCU as a whole.

Next week’s episode – “Turn, Turn, Turn” – is the series’ official tie-in episode with The Winter Soldier and two clips have been released which tease just how the series will react to the ramifications of that film.

The first clip (top of the page) features Bill Paxton’s Agent Garrett and the second clip (below) reveals the upcoming confrontation between Coulson and May.

In Captain America 2, the evil organization HYDRA is revealed to be alive and well, having infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. soon after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger. Through the capture and eventual enlistment of Arnim Zola, HYDRA grew within S.H.I.E.L.D., waiting until the deployment of Operation: Insight to show their true colors.

Unfortunately, this means there’s no telling which agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are secretly HYDRA agents. It’s a revelation that will undoubtedly shake the MCU to its core and we’ll be seeing the very beginnings of those repercussions on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Obviously, Garret narrowly avoiding the missiles launched by those drones in the first clip is an example of S.H.I.E.L.D.R.A.’s own “Order 66,” eliminating agents loyal to Nick Fury. More interesting, however, is the second clip, which teases a confrontation between Coulson and May. In the same episode where we learned Coulson’s resurrection was connected to a mysterious blue alien‘s torso held within a secret bunker, we also learned May has knowledge of the procedure used to bring Coulson back, and is reporting to some unknown entity through an encrypted channel.

Captain America 2 Agents of Shield Crossover Episode 570x294 Watch the Winter Soldier ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ Tie In Episode Opening [SPOILERS]

Now in this new clip, May explains the person on the end of the line is none other than Fury. Coulson and the others are still wary to believe her, and smartly so, but for the audience (especially those who’ve seen Cap 2), it appears clear that May, like Colbie Smulder’s Maria Hill, is one of the few agents not only still loyal to Fury, but further informed by the director about the treachery within S.H.I.E.L.D.

We won’t know for sure until this next episode airs, but it seems likely that May – perhaps even with another cameo from Fury actor, Samuel L. Jackson – will convince her teammates she’s working with the good guys.

From there, Coulson’s team could become a rogue entity, operating without oversight, seeing as Cap and Black Widow not only exposed HYDRA as having compromised S.H.I.E.L.D., but released all of the organizations secrets and gathered intelligence.

With S.H.I.E.L.D. effectively neutralized after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, how do you think Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will continue? Will Coulson’s team, along with Fury, Hill, and other loyal operatives, begin S.H.I.E.L.D. anew or go undercover for the time being? Sound off in the comments below!


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns next Tuesday with “Turn, Turn, Turn” @8pm on ABC. You can check out a preview of next week’s episode below:

Follow Sarah Moran on Twitter @SarahThisIs
Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. Yes, wondering how this series will shake out based on Cap 2.

    Ex-Agents of SHIELD?

  2. I’m voting for re-branding starting with season 2 under the name “Agents of P.H.I.L.”

  3. I have a feeling the second clip happens around the same time the Cap’s boat mission happens. Cause scenes earlier in the previous episode, Sitwell leaves for the boat, then fast forward a day or two, he’s on the boat. This happens before Fury is attacked though, cause May was talking to him

    • IF that is in fact who she was talking to. you know marvel likes to flip everything on it’s head.

  4. *spoilers* (although this article is spoilerish)

    In the last episode of AoS, Skye made the connection that the Clairvoyant isn’t psychic but able to access SHIELD’s files in order to make guesses on what people would do and he/she was obsessed with Coulson because his files were sealed and inaccessible. So they assumed The Clairvoyant is a SHIELD agent.

    But doesn’t “prediction logic” sound like the Zola Algorithm?

    • Ohhhh snap. You’re right. Good theory.

    • ZOLA is the Clairvoyant!!!

  5. If they aren’t Agents of Shield anymore maybe they become the Secret Warriors?

    • That’s what I was thinking. Just like these last few episodes have the subtitle “Uprising” I think “Secret Warriors” would be a good subtitle. Or change the title to Agents of Nothing.

  6. For season 2 I just hope Justin Hammer gets out of jail and forms his own agency. Agents of H.A.M.M.E.R. and who knows maybe he could pull an Osborn and put together his own team of Avengers.

    • That could be interesting actually. It would be a way to get around not having Stormin Norman to use in Marvel’s universe.

    • sorry to bust your bubble but osborn belong to sony (live action) so we will never see him in agent of shield

      • Read his post clearly. Nowhere at all did he said anything about Osborn appearing, just that Hammer could “pull an Osborn” and create H.A.M.M.E.R..

  7. Spoiler!

    Arnim Zola might be the Clairvoyant. Which he wants to know how Coulson came back, so he can come back?

    • And something goes wrong and he becomes modok and is one of the baddies of CA3.

  8. S.H.I.E.L.D.R.A. ftw!

  9. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents on the run, while eliminating HYDRA threats. Then rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. with Stark/Fury/Coulson/Hill, OR set the groundwork to form S.W.O.R.D.

  10. Zola/Clairvoyant said that someone big was after Coulson and Skye. It could be HYDRA. Maybe to revive the Red Skull? He is the guy Zola & Co. would definitely want resurrected, and it would tie AOS into Cap 3 (I can’t imagine them ending a trilogy without Red Skull’s resurrection).

    I was thinking it could also be the Kree Supreme Intelligence due to Guardians of the Galaxy, but that’s seeming less likely. The dead Kree could’ve been hunting the Tesseract or the gem in Loki’s staff and crossed paths with SHIELD/HYDRA. But I’m still hoping it was Mar-Vell and Coulson gets to be the Rick Jones of the MSU for 2 seconds at some point, they can pass his powers onto Carol Danvers. And that Skye is Mantis. Maybe Reina is Cotati with her flower dress reference? The Marvel U is a complicated place…

    I wonder if Ultron is the result of HYDRA’s algorithm and Jarvis making a baby? You know Jarvis talks to the SHIELD computers.

    And I think they’ll form ZODIAC while they’re underground, which Blake hinted at when he asked May her “sign” it could’ve been code from Fury that SHIELD was compromised.

    • You know your stuff, very refreshing. Love everything that you mentioned.

      • @Will I’m not sure if meant your comment to sound sexist, but it was.

        • What?

          • I second that…WHAT? How is complimenting a person on their excellent comic book knowledge and saying that it’s nice to see that nowadays sexist? There was no reference to the person’s gender in the OP’s statement. They DIDN’T say “Wow! For a girl, you sure do know a lot about comic books. That’s kinda hot!” Get over yourself!

            • Okay well then I misread it. But seeing as how often I and other women get attacked online for liking comics, and saying that girls liking comics is so rare. I guess my defences are up. It sounded like that to me by him saying how ‘refreshing’ it was. don’t tell me to get over myself.

              • You are acting like a martyr and like you’re just waiting for someone to offend you. People like that love making themselves a target. You spin anything and everything against you, even when someone is paying you a legitimate compliment.

                That’s sad.

                • I am not a martyr. I’m not waiting to be offended. I’m not spinning anything gymbro. You are an asshole however, I said I misread, because of how many times I do get attacked online like that and see comments meaning what I interpreted. Don’t need to pile on.

                • I’m not spinning anything. I’m not a ‘martyr.’ I’m not making myself a target. I was saying that thats how I interpreted it because of past experience online, people saying how ‘refreshing’ it was i read comics and knew a lot about them. Thats all. Don’t need to pile on because I said why I said it.

                  • I read ‘refreshing’ as nothing to do with gender (what?), but just, you know, ‘refreshing’ in the context of generality – I didn’t even check the username of the (awesome, informative) comment – as wondering/checking what the sex is of another comic fan (before doing anything else) shouldn’t be the way to interact with other fans anyway!

                    Peace, fellow fans (including Lily) :). Most of all, thanks OP again for a really cool comment…so complex and diverse indeed, Marvel seems to be doing a bang up job on both the movies and I hope, the TV series too :). (reserve judgement for that until the next four episodes unfurl I guess!)

                  • Typical woman. Even a compliment can get you in trouble.

                    Now THAT was sexist.

                    • >friendzoned again

                    • @HumpDayWhatWhat What? Reading something as sexist is not sexist.

                      @Everyoneelse, yeah I misread it, thats just how i interpreted it after reading it. because of experience of people telling me how refreshing it was that a girl read comics. thats all.

        • I didn’t even notice the comment was from a female until mentioned… O_o

        • Sorry, LS, but I did not pick up anything sexist in that. It just seemed like Will was impressed with her knowlage and theories, which anyone is free to present and expound on. It seems nice he supported her exploring her theories.

    • The tessaract or what ever is a teleporter. In the first captain america Red Skull got teleported somewhere.

    • Spoilers below…

      Since Cap2 seems to be indicating that QuickSilver and Scarlet Witch were byproducts of testing on subjects, possibly related to powers accessible through Loki’s staff, could Sky (of similar age) also be such a test subject whose powers haven’t come to the surface yet?

    • I thought Red Skull was chillin with Thanos or locked up in Asgard.

  11. There was a series called Secret Warriors where Nick Fury and a band of young superheroes fought HYDRA in the shadows after SHIELD disbanded.

    I think Coulson could take Fury’s role and lead his team against Centipede, HYDRA and (fingers crossed), Leviathan.

  12. Not one cowbell reference?

    • Because sometimes it doesn’t need to be pointed out. DERP DERP DERP

  13. so was the prisoners held by S.H.I.E.L.D RELEASED? give me the Leader in a Hulk Solo film.

    • That’s a very good question. What the heck happens to all those prisoners? Hopefully little details like this actually get dealt with instead of getting brushed under the rug.

  14. This episode is gonna need more cowbell!!!

    • “Cowbell” (snort, snicker, guffaw, chortle, and hee-hee!).

  15. So I’m wondering why no one has though that Victoria hand is the clerviont after all she is evil. I’m thinking it’s her.

  16. Maybe Hand is Viper? She is a high ranking Hydra member. Could be cool to see her in there.

    • Idk why but always though she was AIM? Dosen’t a woman end up leading AIM after the original leader is kicked out/dies in some continuities?

  17. Come on Fitz…you could have just said, you know, “maintenance”.

    • Something is off with him. I think he’s hydra.

  18. I am so sick of this whole situation with banning videos based on location, it’s insulting to Non-US fans.

    • Beware! Exter1945 is a Malware spammer! HE is the evil spy in shield! Moderator, please boot this Spamasaur!

  19. If AoS does get picked up for a second season, I do agree that it should be renamed to Secret Warriors instead. After reading the comments/theories it does lean towards a Coulson-led team that works in the shadows to reform SHIELD (seeing as how the agents are nobodies). Plus it can be a good reason for Graviton/Blizzard/more villain origin debuts/movie villain cameos to come and stop them (or settle a score with)

  20. Grant is the guy who is the double agent working for..(no spoilers here, but if you have seen Cap 2 you know)

    • Nowehere in the film does Ward make an appearance nor is there any clear accusation put against him as a Hydra agent.

  21. just cancel the series because basically shield is gone. shield should not have been
    completly disbanded, very silly move that they had rogers saying lets take down the whole
    thing even though there are good guys that want to protect the world. even the comic book
    cap knows their value.

    • So how do you know who to trust then? You have to start completely over.

    • This isn’t “Agents of Panty-Shield” where you use it up for a short time and then just throw it away. I like this series, and hope it comes out on DVD, so I can buy the whole series for my collection!

  22. Well after seeing CAP2, I’ll have to start watching AoS again. I expect the ratings to skyrocket for a few episodes.

  23. We’re a couple of episodes behind in the UK. Has there been any expansion on Skye’s “secret power” that was uncovered when Coulson and May went to Mexico?

    I was originally wondering whether they meant the Scarlet Witch (not Skye) and that Skye and maybe a couple more orphaned / abandoned babies we also moved around the care system to hide Wanda, like the pea and peanut shells games.

    Having seen the mid credits scene in Cap2 that blows that idea out the water so the question comes back….. Has anything further about Skye and her powers been revealed? Any ranters got any theories?

    • Absolutely nothing at this point. Im sure it wil spontaneously arise as a deus ex machina when all hope is lost during one of their season finally missions. Or not. Hehe. Last episode, Coulston did lay some heavy handed exposition (i thought) when explained why Skye should bean agent and again to her in the interrogation room. Coustlon.. Saying to skye, “you see patterns, you can find things other people cant etc) that theme returns often in her regards, some sort of mental ability? An untapped power? Meh, at this point she could be anything since shes a 084 and typically thats for objects not people.

    • The only thing that kinda makes sense is if shes an inhuman. Kree blood wouldnt bother her and it did save her life, to the cofusion of Coulston (because she didnt suffer whe she was infused with the extract). Also the fact that her “people” were all masared and she was theonly survivor because of a couple well meaning shield agents.. A inhuman settlementwas found and was wiped out?

  24. Just end the show. Seriously. Why do we continue to praise a bad show? Just because it’s Marvel?

    • After seeing CAP 2 the show should end after season 1, but I doubt the network will cancel the it until its 100 episodes in and can be syndicated. That said, I feel obligated to see how the next few episodes play out on the show.

    • Why can’t you just not watch it?

  25. Well if they do keep this show afloat than the name needs to go.

    Cant be agents of the disbanded outed organization.

    Not a big enough marvel fan to understand who secret warrior is…but remember that von strouck…or what ever the hydra guy a the end said that there were many more test subjects besides the twins sky is most likely on…idk even if this show will get a second season.

    • All the “good guys” seemed to go their own way at the end of CAP2, but that does not mean S.H.E.I.L.D has completely disbanded. Judging from the shows previews Hydra wants Coulson alive as some sort of Guinea Pig.

      Now remember – Fury is “off the grid” not out of business. That said, would low level Agents like the ones on AoS know that Fury is still alive and conducting a mission in Europe – NO.

      But that does not mean Fury won’t make a few guest appearances on the show to reveal that he is taking S.H.I.E.L.D underground and he wants Coulson’s lame rag tag team of ass clowns to assist in his future missions.

  26. yeah I think the Clairvoyant is Zola. I connected that when they revealed Zola. I knew it was not new character, so this has to be him. Plus the Capt 2 is suppose to be directly connected to the AOS tv series.

  27. Anyone Else think that perhaps Fitz doth protest too much??

    • After reading through the article and comments I was really surprised that noone else has mentioned this either. If May is not HYDRA, there is a strong possibility that Fitz might be. Which sucks because I like his character and would hate for him to turn out to be a “bad guy”.

  28. All of this TRUST and SHIELD disbanding and PEOPLE not being who they think they are……

    All I hear is Skrull Invasion. Yes I know I know Skrulls are owned by Fox (more or less).

    Is there a way to spin the Chitauri into this? In Ultimates they were around in the 1940s. We didnt see any shape changing but who knows right….?