Agent Carter, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Expansive MCU


While I make no secret about my love of the DC Universe, I have recently come to terms with the fact that I indeed love everything Marvel. I see no competition between the two complex universes, instead preferring to value the best in both worlds (Batman, the Avengers) while completely ignoring the stuff I dislike (Superman, Spiderman) and not giving a crap about peoples’ opinions on my choices. That being said, I have fallen in deep fan-love with the MCU this year. I’ve always loved the X-Men, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduced me to a new obsession–Captain America and the Avengers. For me, it all started in 2008 with Iron Man and RDJ in a role that seemed to be made for him. Then Thor. Chris Hemsworth as a long-haired demigod with Natalie Portman as a badass scientist? Yes, please. Then the first Cap movie, Avengers, and all of a sudden, I was seeing these films multiple times, purchasing them on Blu-ray and engaging in the fandom. What intrigues me about the MCU is the care that multiple writers, directors, actors and producers (thank you, Kevin Feige!) deal with these films and the intricate plot webs that unite the universe. As a fan of pretty intense and long running shows (Doctor Who, Supernatural), what the MCU has done is unique in that they’ve created an original megafranchise that will no doubt inspire Hollywood for years to come. With the release of an intricate and loooong MCU timeline (2987 B.C.-2014 A.D.) and the assurance that Marvel knows exactly where the story is going, it’s an exciting time for comic book and film nerds alike. Since I finally finished S1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I’m going to start there.

Spoilers ahead, sweetie!

Seriously. If you aren’t all caught up within the MCU (including AoS) DO NOT PROCEED.

The second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. begins next week, September 23, 9pm on ABC, and will feature a flashback that includes founding Agent Peggy Carter and a couple Howling Commandos. Last week, TV Guide gave us our first look at the S2 premiere and Peggy looks to be kicking ass alongside Commandos Timothy “Dum Dum” Dugan and Jim Morita, both of whom are veterans of the MCU and the Captain America story.

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The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took on Hydra last season after Cap discovers the Nazi-esque organization has infiltrated the spy agency and has been feeding the goverment lies since the beginning (cue sadness and despair for poor Bucky!). Of course, the show correlated with the film, and so we start S2 with Phil Coulson, the new, Fury-appointed Director, and his agents rebuilding the team that they worked so hard to develop in S1. This is exciting because of the connections that will undoubtedly be made between the new AoS and the original organization created after Steve Rogers was presumed dead. We know Agent Carter will be premiering some time next year, and the show should fill in the blanks between the time Cap pilots the Valkyrie into the snow of Greenland and when he wakes in NYC, including the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Howard Stark and Peggy Carter. A strong theme throughout S1 AoS was the idea of containing/assisting people with superhuman powers, which we also saw in the end credit sneak peek of CA:TWS. We now know the brother/sister pair are Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, better known as Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Not only do these two characters have major crossover capabilities because they are part of the X-Men story as well as the Avengers (we saw Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past) , but they represent a larger story arc that includes, you guessed it, mutants.

This is a lot to process,Marvel.

Does this mean that the end game of Marvel will include uniting the S.H.I.E.L.D. universe with the X-Men at some point? If S.H.I.E.L.D. is hunting and helping (or not so much) people with abilities as they did in S1 and they do decide to connect to the X-Men, what does that mean for Agent Carter? Will Peggy and the Howling Commandos encounter Max Eisenhardt and perhaps facilitate the war on mutants?

I’d like to respectfully request a Winter Soldier cameo, with my boy Bucky Barnes fucking shit up. Please and thank you.

(insert fangirl squee!!)

I’m excited to see how these two shows will tie into the larger MCU. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you’re a Marvel fan and you haven’t seen Agents if S.H.I.E.L.D. yet, GO. WATCH. NOW.

Season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 23, 9pm on ABC. I will be live tweeting the premiere, so come hang with me on Twitter.

xoxo The Collectiva Diva

tweeting MCU stuff over @collectivadiva




  1. Bec Graham

    Really?! It starts next week?!?! This is so exciting! I thought we had ages! Wool!
    After Winter Soldier I got really excited about the possibility of a crossover with X-Men. Apparently there’s this huge battle where the X-Men and the Avengers take on an epic enemy together. Plus, apparently Wolverine is an Avenger at some point.
    Once I found out all this I talked to a friend of mine who’s a bigger MCU fan than me (yeah, it’s possible) and he said that the crossover is very unlikely to happen because of lawyers and copyright. The people who “own” X-Men are different to the people who “own” Avengers (and all the heroes involved thus far) and different again to those who own Spiderman. So unless those bigshot lawyers decide to play nice, they won’t let the X-Men and the Avengers play together. Or maybe if they realised how much money they could make if they allow them to play together.
    And how exciting is it that Drax from Guardians is going to be in the next Avengers movie?!

    1. The Collective Blog

      I heard that Drax was going to be in Avengers and got super excited! Also, since Quicksilver is in both the X-Men and Age of Ultron films, it could be that some of the X-Men characters show up in the MCU, but with different actors playing them. I read recently (I will look for the link) that there is a loophole concerning this phenomenon that Marvel is likely to utilize. I am not sure if there will be a big cinematic cross over, but I do think that mutants may show up in the MCU at some point, and some form of X-Men connection will be made. SO EXCITE!
      –The Diva

      1. Bec Graham

        I really hope they don’t get someone else to play Mystique or Wolverine. And if Marvel has found a loophole, that would be great. That would be fantastic! Marvel’s clever enough to figure it out 🙂
        I hope there’s going to be a cinematic crossover! I would LOVE to see Wolverine deal with RDJ and handle Cap’s sheer do-good-ism. And OMG Xavier? Xavier with, well, all of them? Particularly Cap since his “mutantism” was injected.
        What did you think of Days of Future Past? I loved it! I was a X-Men newbie until that movie came out. I had to watch all of the movies so that that one would make sense (I love McAvoy. McAvoy is just amazing).

  2. donnersun (@donnersun)

    SO EXCITED!! I love how Marvel is beginning to weave everything together between the books, movies, and TV shows. It made Winter Soldier and the last half of SHIELD so fantastic last year. There are so many theories about the direction they’re gonna go with things because of the copyright issues and I’ve seen stuff on both sides that make me go “yep, that’s DEFINITELY gonna be what happens.” So who the heck knows, but I seriously can’t wait. I hope we get to see some cool cameos on SHIELD and Agent Carter this season (HAWKEYE ALL THE HAWKEYE). Fingers crossed! I’ll be recapping SHIELD on and can’t wait to discuss everything each week. *bounces*

    Great post! 😀

    1. The Collective Blog

      Hawkeye and Natasha would make such a great cameo addition to AoS! I’ve been wishing for that since day one, TBH. I’m really not sure about the crossover theories, but I will be happy with whatever they end up doing, since they obviously have it planned out rather well.
      I don’t think I’ll have the energy to do AoS recaps, especially when The Walking Dead and Supernatural start, but I will be watching and live tweeting every week. This has to be my new favorite show and, when Agent Carter comes out next year, I will gladly hop on that bandwagon, as well. Thanks for reading 🙂
      (and now we are tweeps!)
      The Diva

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