WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor Adrian Pasdar confirms the Marvel TV series will include more references to Avengers: Infinity War in its upcoming episodes. Marvel Studios' latest is the blockbuster event of 2018, acting as the beginning of the end for the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The ending of Avengers: Infinity War lays the groundwork for massive change across the MCU, but it's unclear how exactly Marvel's television series will deal with the consequences of Thanos' finger snap.
In its latest episode, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. referenced Infinity War with a relatively minor line of dialogue, which is a far cry from the show's tie-in episodes from the early seasons. Of course, that's indicative of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. evolving over the course of its five season run. The series has chosen to instead include thematic tie-ins to the Marvel movies, like introducing mysticism with Ghost Rider around the time of Doctor Strange's release. However, now we know ABC's Marvel series will, in fact, feature even more references to the film franchise's latest release.
TVLine spoke to General Glenn Talbot portrayer Adrian Pasdar about whether the show will feature anymore references to the goings on of the big screen heroes. Although Pasdar was unable to go into specifics because he hadn't yet seen Avengers: Infinity War, he did assure fans there will be more Marvel connectivity:
Yeah, we do have stuff in the background periodically that references and ties into what's going on with Avengers: Infinity War. Yeah, they use that. They always tie in very well with what’s going on [in the movies].
Last week's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. saw Pasdar's Talbot revealed to be the true Destroyer of Worlds, a version of the Marvel Comics villain Graviton, who has been teased since the show's first season. Since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is dealing with its own potentially world-ending situation - as well as the imminent death of Phil Coulson - it's unclear how the show will reference Infinity War. Plus, since Pasdar hadn't seen the movie before speaking with TVLine, it's uncertain whether he'd be able to identify all the show's connections to the film.
Still, fans of the MCU will no doubt be pleased to hear that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will include more tie-ins to Avengers: Infinity War. Perhaps the show references the battle in Wakanda (or, at least, the Black Order's ships descending on the African nation). Or, the ABC series could depict the effects of Thanos' universe-altering finger snap. However, it may reference some other aspect of the movie since it will be in the background according to Pasdar.
Since it's unclear how much time Infinity War spans, the remainder of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s season, which is only three episodes, may take place during the movie. If that's the case, the show may not reference Thanos' finger snap at all, instead leaving it for a potential season 6. No matter how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ties into Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel fans are sure to keep an eye out for every single reference that keeps the MCU connected.
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019