With Marvel already working on a film schedule that reaches far into the future, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. viewed as a sister-cousin to these tales, audiences are likely going to have a difficult time transitioning from the shock and awe that comes from the films to a television show that may or may not be struggling to find its way for that particular season.
Let’s jump ahead to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2015. The Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres shortly before the season 2 finale airs, but all mentions of what occurred in the film are compacted into a quick, insider mention so as to not turn off those who have not seen it yet. Now entering its third season, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would not only have to combat all the normal television tropes of an aging series (keeping the story fresh, characters interesting and evolving, etc.), it would also have to incorporate the developments of the film universe in order to stay relevant.
On top of that, Batman vs. Superman will have already hit theaters (pulling attention toward two of the biggest superheroes in existence), and DC’s response to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Gotham – which will NOT carry the burden of being connected to DC’s Cinematic Universe – will (likely) be on the air as well. If Ben Affleck's Batman rekindles interest in that character and his world, and Gotham's comic book police procedural format is a hit, what would Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be then but a clear example of a good idea poorly executed?
Now, after taking a looking at where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is and where it will be required to go in the future, it’s almost impossible to envision that the series will reach big heights without some heavy-handed help from ABC and Disney. And if it could – even with the help – is it worth it? Are the tales being told worth the time and money that's being invested, from both the viewer and studio? So far, that answer is "no."
Will that change? Only time will tell – but Coulson might be better off preparing for a retirement with his favorite cellist.
_____Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday @8pm on ABC
Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier premieres April 4, 2014