One of the things that Marvel Studios did very right was the way that they set up their cinematic universe. Before we saw the hugely successful Avengers movie hit theaters, the studio spent the time and money to establish the individual characters in their own solo films before assembling them in an ensemble film. Not only that, but there were subtle nuances and hints towards other characters throughout the films and the now infamous after-credits scenes that help set up future events. Many folks feel that Warner Brothers should use the same approach with their DC Comics characters, but if they want to keep up with what Marvel, and now Fox are doing, they don’t have a choice. But that’s a topic for another article.

With the introduction of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, Marvel and Disney were hoping to expand their universe to the small screen. When the project was announced, fans were excited and the buzz was massive. While they weren’t expecting Iron Man or Hulk to show up on the series, fans were hoping to see some of the company’s lesser known heroes or villains make an appearance. Instead, we got a bunch of new characters in suits and a really strange explanation of Agent Coulson’s survival. The series started of huge, but had a steady decrease in viewership with fans calling the show silly and unwatchable. Disney and Marvel are in the process of trying to make amends by bringing in some more known names, including Jamie Alexander’s Sif, who will be appearing on the show soon. Stan Lee made an appearance last night as well. Show-runners were hoping that using numerous references to the corresponding films would be enough, but clearly it hasn’t worked yet. In an attempt to further that reach, Disney head Robert Iger announced that events that occur in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be reflected in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and lead directly into Avengers: Age of Ultron. 

shieldNaturally, they wouldn’t say exactly how they will connect, but if history teaches us correctly, it could be something as simple as mentioning that things happened, much like the events that took place in Thor: The Dark World were nodded to last fall. I’m hoping it’s something more than just that, as it’s been proven that fans want more than just one or two lines in an episode that say something happened in London. To further the series’ problems, they are now taking a break from new episodes until  March. Why is this a problem, you ask? Well, it messes with the flow and pacing of the series. Last night’s episode was probably one of the best in the series and they have some momentum and interest, which will likely be lost when the show returns next month. The show’s star, Clark Gregg, has even stated as much on his Twitter account. If they want this show to succeed- it has yet to be picked up for a second season, mind you- they need to do everything possible to maintain any forward motion and interest they can muster up.

Now, in regards to how The Winter Soldier will tie into the highly anticipated Age of Ultron, I’m betting it has to do with that leaked information centered on the end-credits scene that makes a crucial introduction of…well, I won’t spoil it. Needless to say, if that scene is indeed the connection, it will play an important part in what happens in the planned sequel. It’s very possible that there are more connections than that, so be ready for anything. Marvel and Disney have shown they have a lot of faith in The Winter Soldier, as they are already in talks with the Russo Brothers to return for the third Captain America film, which is quite unusual for them.

Time will tell how things play out. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return March 4th with Bill Paxton joining the cast, exactly one month before Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters on April 4th, so we may not have to wait too long to see the connections between the three projects. What do you think? Will The Winter Soldier be more than just mentioned on the TV showor do you think it will be something bigger and, hopefully, better?


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Source : The Wrap