Marvel Studios is set to launch its Phase 3 slate of films in a few months with the release of Captain America: Civil War, to be followed by other franchise sequel films as well as standalone origin entries to the cinematic universe. On the television side, ABC is gearing up to roll out the second season of Agent Carter, while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on break from season 3. Additionally, last year Marvel TV and Netflix debuted two critically well-received series, Daredevil and Jessica Jones, which are part of their larger Defenders universe — a corner of the MCU.
However, although many of Marvel’s television series feature references, crossovers, and other connections to the films in the MCU, the opposite isn’t true — with the fact that none of The Avengers know Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) was revived on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after the events of the team’s movie being perhaps the biggest example of this. Now, since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduced and has been developing the mythos of the Inhumans, which will receive their own film due out in 2019, Gregg has commented on the movie’s possible connection to the show.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Gregg said the Inhumans movie will likely be “its own cinematic version” of the powered individuals, going on to say that the writer and director — who have yet to be named by Marvel Studios — will have “free reign.” Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduced the Inhumans in its second season, with one of the show’s main characters then revealed to be Daisy Johnson a.k.a. Quake (Chloe Bennett). The series has since explored the origin of the Inhumans as created by experiments conducted on humans by the extraterrestrial Kree race. Gregg hopes that the Inhumans movie will connect to the mythology established in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
“The Inhumans movie I suspect will be its own cinematic version. That writer and director will have free reign to do what they want to do with the Inhumans. But hopefully there’ll be some way that our Inhumans connect to that. It’d be too bad if that was wasted.”
Gregg went on to talk about the importance of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. standing on its own and not relying on crossovers to fuel the show’s ongoing story lines. Additionally, with the series’ continuing exploration of Inhumans — this season includes the Marvel Comics team, Secret Warriors — Gregg also wonders how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will crossover with the movie universe in the future:
“What’s kind of necessary for the show to work is that it is its own thing and it’s not dependent upon those crossovers. They’re just fun stuff that happens once in awhile. They destroy the organization our show is named after and we have to deal with that! I’ll be interested to see how it evolves, that crossover stuff.”
Concerning the relationship between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Inhumans, there were rumors during New York Comic-Con 2015 that the film had been canceled due to the ongoing conflict between Marvel Studios and Marvel TV. Prior to that, their parent company, Disney, restructured Marvel so that movie universe architect Kevin Feige now reports directly to the Mouse House, rather than Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter, while television head Jeph Loeb still reports to Perlmutter.
Though the rumors about the Inhumans movie being canceled have largely been debunked, the tense relationship between Marvel’s film and TV divisions doesn’t offer much hope that the feature will tie into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in any significant way. Additionally, Civil War director Anthony Russo’s recent comments about the difficulty in Netflix’s Defenders joining the movie side of the MCU seem to further emphasize that the films won’t be acknowledging the TV side in the foreseeable future. To that end, it seems extremely unlikely any of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Inhumans — specifically Quake — will appear in the film.
That being said, though, Inhumans is still a few years down the line and with no writer or director attached, unlike the rest of Marvel’s Phase 3 films, there’s still a possibility (albeit small) that it will honor Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mythos-building. But, that remains to be seen when Marvel moves forward in the development of Inhumans.
Agent Carter season 2 premieres Tuesday January 19th, 2016 at 9pm on ABC. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 returns Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 at 9pm on ABC.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
Source: Digital Spy