While Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is proving to be a great tv show, I for one wonder what could be the next phase of the story. When I did my homework for the third season I found that Rotten Tomatoes had given it a 100% fresh rating. Leaving it there would be great however, it was based on only 12 reviews. Now don't get me wrong, so far I have quite enjoyed the storyline, but as each week goes by, I ponder at where it still fits in the MCU. What comes to mind is the potential crossovers into the fourth season:
This is the first on the list, undoubtedly. Now at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron we understand that Thor goes back to Asgard and the Hulk for a swim. That leaves Natasha, Cap, Stark, and Barton. Barton probably went back home to his family, but is obviously showing up for Civil War next year. Stark went to presumably begin the "simple life". Natasha is with Cap at the Avengers facility featuring the Vision, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and War Machine. What confuses me is why Coulson and the team haven't reached out to Cap and the Avengers to work together. It's not like Cap would say no. Or would he? Natasha would definitely be open. They might have to give up the S.H.I.E.L.D. name and follow orders from Cap, but Coulson would love that anyway wouldn't he? After all, he never did get to sign his cards. But aside from that, we have another person who I wonder why hasn't crossed paths with the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a little more:
This is another one that boggles my mind. In the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier we see that according to everyone else, there is no more S.H.I.E.L.D., and Nick Fury was going rogue in pursuit of the remains of Hydra. We also know that Fury appears in Season 2 and he hands the leadership of S.H.I.E.L.D. over the Coulson. So that happened right? This is where it gets confusing.
He brings a helicarrier.
Okay. So he fakes his death, hands over leadership of S.H.I.E.L.D. to Coulson, and goes rogue after the remains of Hydra. Got it. Now, all of the sudden, he shows up in Avengers: Age of Ultron with a HELICARRIER? Man, there's so much to know (and also question) about Nick Fury. What we don't know, is what happened to Fury and his crew after the events of AOU. They probably activated the reflection panels and went rogue in the sky. But on a serious note, it would make more sense to reunite Coulson and Fury instead of leaving them be. What was the point of handing leadership over? To start your own group?? Anyways, the next person we would have on the list would be...
This one is more of a fan wish come true than the others but it would still be logical to some degree. Think about it, in Coulson's office is the screen that monitors different stuff around the world right? Don't you remember when Cap and Natasha confronted Jasper Sitwell? Two of the things that he said were "...a man in Cairo, Stephen Strange..." obviously they found out through monitoring of some sort before deploying Zola's algorithm. On top of that, in the first Avengers film you remember when Natasha told Thor that "S.H.I.E.L.D. monitor's potential threats."? They never lost Dr. Banner who was in Calcutta, Inda. With that kind of monitoring capability, it wouldn't be too easy missing the red-suited blind lawyer jumping from rooftop to rooftop in Hell's Kitchen. So why not bring him along?
We all know that everything is leading up to Thanos. And we also know that Marvel is going to make it the biggest it could ever be. We know that along with the Avengers will be the Guardians of the Galaxy. But who wouldn't want to see Daredevil and the Punisher join the fray against the Mad Titan? And lets not forget about the rumors that are speculating a possible Netflix series of...
Moon Knight is undoubtedly one of the coolest Marvel heroes ever created. And in the comics he's also a member of the Avengers. More and more he's becoming a fan favorite. Marvel is beginning to realize this, and I think that there may be talks of him getting his own series. The MCU is expanding more and more as the days go by, and while it continues to expand, it shouldn't have separate sections that are cut off from each other. Now we understand that Thor goes back Asgard and he's there, the Guardians are where they are, and we have earth. But there is so much to explore while we are still down here before we go fight Thanos that we might as well explore all the connections. Not only that, consider the monolith, what about interworld travelling? Could that bring in Captain Marvel? And am I the only one who has noticed that Gideon Malick who's doing deals with Grant Ward for Hydra...
...is none other than one of the members of the World Security Council in the first Avengers movie?