Remember how, recently, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. excited Marvel fans everywhere by heavily referencing the events from Thor: The Dark World in one of their episodes? We were all hoping that the -helmed show would throw us a couple of bones and make more in-MCU references and, somewhat naively, we were keeping our fingers crossed for a cameo by an Avenger at some point. Well, it's 'All Praise Joss Whedon Day' again, as the prolific nerd-demigod has now confirmed that a well-known, well-aged Super Soldier's sequel will have a crossover in an upcoming Agents episode. We're talking, of course, of Captain America.
An anonymous source first tipped off ComicBook.com about a strong connection between the S.H.I.E.L.D. plotline in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. starring in the ABC show. In this case, the episode will apparently air before the Winter Soldier premiere, thus setting up and teasing events in the film concerning the top-secret Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. And if you're one of those skeptical people who wouldn't trust an anonymous source with a weather report (can't say I blame them), well, we've now got confirmation from the Whedmeister himself that this crossover will, indeed, happen. Not only that, but the producers of the series have plans for more interaction with other franchises in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Whedon chatted with TV Guide, saying:
We're trying to flesh out the world. The Marvel brand carries with it a lot of familiar faces. We're trying to flesh out the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. with the established characters and the characters we're introducing to build out the larger organization that we operate in.
On the subject of The Winter Soldier, specifically, Joss had this to comment:
Nick Fury  is in that one, and S.H.I.E.L.D. makes an appearance, so we will definitely try to tee-up some stuff and probably play a little bit of the fallout from that film. We’re hoping to do some cool stuff.
No doubt about the coolness of it, sir! It's also worth noting that , who plays the most beautiful spider-based-name Avenger ever, asserted during Comic Con that the Captain America sequel was as much of a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie as a First Avenger one. In the comic books, of course, the fates of the Agency and 'Winghead' (hmm, can't really call him that in the screen version, unfortunately) have been strongly intertwined for decades.
What do you think? Excited about the announcement? Will these types of nods to the greater Marvel Universe make you more inclined to watch the generally not-so-acclaimed TV show? Are you more or less excited to watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier, compared to Thor 2 or Iron Man 3?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays on ABC at 8 PM (EST).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier premieres on April 4th, 2014.