During the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the government organization that is the focus of the two franchises so far known as S.H.I.E.L.D. has all but dismantled itself, having been completely destroyed and all of its top secret files uploaded onto the internet for the public to see.
However, over the past few weeks, I've picked up on three fairly large clues that seem to suggest that we haven't seen the last of the operation run by Nick Fury. I can't guarantee they'll be back, but I think by the end of this article, you'll agree with me that there definitely seems to be a lot of things to suggest a huge return.
#1: Black Widow's costume in Age of Ultron!
Look closely at Black Widow's sleeve. The S.H.I.E.L.D. logo is still on her costume. For those who don't know, Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out next year, and since the Marvel Studios movies tend to take place in real time, she would be sporting a S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform more than a year after it's disassembly! With Black Widow's rather high-tech and up-to-date collection of technology, it wouldn't make much sense for her to be wearing clothing that's out of date.
#2: Guardians of the Galaxy Easter Egg
The picture above comes from leaked on-set pictures from [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073). It seems that S.H.I.E.L.D. has some sort of connection in the MCU to the movie, otherwise having the trucks with the emblem imprinted on the backs of them seems a bit pointless, no? It seems to me that S.H.I.E.L.D. might be showing signs of returning right after the events of their downfall! Is that too quick to revive the fallen team?!
#3: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Announced!
Perhaps this is a given, but you can't exactly call a TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. without having the organization S.H.I.E.L.D. still intact. Season 2 of this show begins this coming Fall, and considering Guardians of the Galaxy comes out during late Summer this year, the timing falls perfectly in line for the intergalactic troublemakers' film to re-introduce S.H.I.E.L.D. before the season premiere of the show.
I think with these three clues, one could pretty easily conclude that the organization will be back soon, really soon. What do you think?