(WARNING: Spoilers for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "The Patriot" to follow)
Is it April Fool's already? Honestly, Marvel has The Avengers and The Defenders, but somehow the Harry Potter, pre-Hogwarts era of the MCU that is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is currently one of the most intriguing shows on television. They just wrapped what two movies couldn't do: They made Ghost Rider extremely badass, and sympathetic. Now, they're taking on Life Model Decoys, which could provide their best storyline to date. I guess if you get enough crumbs, you start to grow big and strong.
Let's take a look at why Marvel's #AgentsOfSHIELD has turned into one of the best shows on television.
There Will Be Connections To The Royal Family Of Inhumans
ABC is currently on the verge of starting their own shared universe inside another shared universe! Yes, that may seem confusing to anyone who can read, but the truth of the matter is quite simple: Marvel Studios does not get along with Marvel Television. There's no ill-will towards Jeph Loeb (Head of Marvel TV and one the greatest comic book writers ever) from Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feige, but sadly, he doesn't like the guy who's in charge of Loeb. Hence why Marvel's Inhumans are coming to ABC, because they introduced them first. How excited are you to hear Mac's reaction to an alien planet of Inhumans — either hidden somewhere on Earth, or somewhere on the moon?
'Luke Cage' Connections
Sorry, but I'm not talking about Cage hooking up with the stunning Misty Knight, or the snarky Jones, but instead something Diamondback had from the incident. That's right, the most recent episode of A.O.S. used the Judas bullets from Luke Cage. Now, they weren't mentioned by name, but Daisy delivered one funny line with "they're not sold at Wal-Mart...yet!"
This is what made it such a great connection — it could stand on its own, or a nice Easter Egg for any fans of Netflix's Luke Cage. This is what Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D does best — they take scraps from other Marvel properties and they use it in a manner that's befitting of a shared universe. If you have toys lying around, why not play with them?
A Fib Is A Fib No Matter The Intentions, But We Are Talking About Spies
Lastly, Mace's actions will surely come back to bite S.H.I.E.L.D. in the ass, right? So, Director Mace isn't an Inhuman, big deal. Actually, it is. The Winter Soldier provided the necessary material to make A.O.S. actually interesting by introducing the revelation that HYDRA has been secretly working for them ever since Red Skull's demise (basically). They just lied to the whole country in wake of reviving S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson should've let him step down and own up to his actions, no matter how good of man he really is.
As A.O.S. is currently getting their Westworld on, the future is ripe with possibilities. With each new Marvel movie, comes more scraps their way to not only play with, but to add more depth to concepts that were probably just shrugged off by their movie counterparts. Lastly, we all know what happened to Harry Potter in the end: He defeated Voldemort (begrudgingly, with love) and restored balance back to the Force. I might've got my movies mixed up, but one thing's for sure: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D is damn fine television.
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