While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a part of the MCU, just as the Netflix series are, the references between the different properties in the MCU have been few and far between, recently. While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started with some strong crossovers with the movies, even with Samuel L. Jackson appearing as Nick Fury twice in the first season, the Marvel movies haven’t acknowledged the existence of the television shows, at all.
This is a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Chloe Bennet, who brought the subject up at Wizard World Des Moines this past weekend. PowYeah posted the exchange that really drove home how odd it is for us not to have seen more of the movie characters in the TV show recently. When she was asked what other Inhumans she would like to see appear on the show, Bennet does not mention having Black Bolt, Medusa, Lockjaw, or any Inhuman actually. Instead, she is waiting for some pre-established, A-list heroes to help out S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Secret Warriors.
I really loved Yo-Yo. I actually thought that before I was Daisy Johnson, I might be Yo-Yo. I was so stoked to have her come on. And I think that her powers are so cool. Because she can go as fast and as far within a heartbeat. I think there is something very poetic about that, and I like it. But I am kind of, like, ready for Steve Rogers to make an appearance on our show. I’d be ok with that. And like, where’s Romanoff? Where’s the Avengers? Or maybe Robert Downey Jr. as Robert Downey Jr. That would be kinda nice.
Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) is referenced in the early days of the show as a high-level S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent, but never seen. That said, basically every Avenger has been name dropped at some point over the course of three seasons, but the events that they are missing out on keep getting bigger. Kree coming to Earth, an Inhuman outbreak, and traveling across space and time should all warrant the help of the Avengers (or at least one Avenger). Bennet is as dumbfounded as the rest of us as to why a crossover has not happened yet, but calls out Marvel Studios for not caring about what they do.
I don’t know. People who make movies for Marvel, why don’t you acknowledge what happens on our show? Why don’t you guys go ask them that? Cause they don’t seem to care!
Marvel has said, in the past, that it is hard to reference the television shows in the movies, because the movies are made so early. Captain America: Civil War completed filming before season three of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started filming. Therefore, the writers of Civil War didn’t know what would be around in the television show, to include in the movie. Should Marvel Studios ever come calling however, Bennet would be all for making an appearance. She is not going to sit and hope for that to happen however, once again stating just how unlikely it is.
I would love that. The Marvel Cinematic Universe loves to pretend that everything is connected, but then they don’t acknowledge our show at all. So, I would love to do that, but they don’t seem to keen on that idea.
If the show continues at its current pace of having more world encompassing threats, it will be continually harder for the movies to ignore the events. I’m hopeful that in the near future, Ike Perlmutter will relinquish control over the TV side, which will allow for Coulson, Daisy, or both to cameo in Avengers: Infinity War. If they do not want to screw up the shows current trajectory, simply having a placeholder scene that would eventually be swapped out for a cameo should work easily. All it takes is planning and talking among heads of each department and some last minute editing. Nobody is expecting a TV character to have 20 minutes of screen time in a movie, but a quick 30 second max cameo? Make it happen Marvel.
The season three finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs tomorrow night at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.