What actually is the relationship between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, the Netflix series’ and the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Simple answer is, you’ve got me. After all, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was created by Joss Whedon, fresh off his directing duties on The Avengers, and Agent Carter was then spun off from it. Agents still references ongoing activities in the MCU, hell even the Nexflix shows set in New York keep throwing back to Iron Man and the Chitauri invasion. But then Whedon himself claims that nothing on TV is canon to what’s on the big screen. Even if Agents did plug a plothole in Age of Ultron that was so big you could drive a van through it…
Some talk of Phil Coulson and the cast of Defenders cropping up in Infinity Wars was squashed by Marvel a while back, the studio saying that if Daredevil did appear he’d likely be played by a different (read: more well-known) actor. Now, Anthony Mackie has waded into the debate. Falcon himself stated that the films and TV shows are:
“Different universes, different worlds, different companies, different designs. Kevin Feige is very specific about how he wants the Marvel Universe to be seen in the film world. It wouldn’t work. It wouldn’t work at all.”
So, no crossovers then? It just begs the question of why Marvel are bothering to reference the movies at all in their TV shows, if never the twain shall meet. What’s the point of all the hints dropped in the shows if we never get to see Daredevil give Spider-Man a Level 5 grilling for being a stupid kid getting in over his head? But then, even if there isn’t an official connection, why not just say so?
If anyone wants me I’ll be having a lie down. My head hurts.