A lot of the (somewhat undeserved) criticism directed toward Marvel's [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) is due to the fact that people are under the impression that it doesn't crossover with the Marvel Cinematic Universe as much as it should. I don't really think it needs to crossover with the flicks, and here are my reasons why.
1. It's A Great Show On Its Own
Watching Phil Coulson and his band of merry no-longer-government agents week in, week out is great fun. The show is well written, brilliantly acted and has just enough comic book influence to make us comic book fans overly excited. I don't need to hear Phil talking about his good ol' days, kickin' it with Thor and playing softball with Cap to understand that it's set in the same universe.
2. There Are Just Enough References
One of the best things about Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D is that we get to witness the aftermath of some of the movies' bigger events. Look at how the S.H.I.E.L.D./HYDRA debacle from Captain America: The Winter Soldier played out in the show — it inspired events in the show for a long, long time, some of which are still playing out now. That's a freedom that you just don't get with cinema. While some people think it comes off as cheap to only talk about events in the movies, I think it's awesome that we get to see a different corner of the MCU. A different corner that would absolutely be influenced by the major events we see a few times a year on a cinema screen.
3. We Don't Know How Much More We're Going To Get
We know that ABC have ordered a pilot for Agent's Of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff Marvel's Most Wanted, but what's to say that's the end of the expansion? There is so much more of the MCU that we've yet to see. Tell me you wouldn't love to see a prequel show about the Ravagers? Or maybe a show about the armies of Asgard? Whatever Marvel and ABC decide to do next, it absolutely doesn't need to feature any of the stars of the movies. No-one's begging for Tony Stark to show up in Season 2 of Jessica Jones, and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. isn't any different.