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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU), with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, has revealed just how in-depth it’s willing to go. With the reveal of Hydra and subsequent catastrophic damage to S.H.I.E.L.D., the top-level storytelling Marvel has been constructing is coming to fruition.
And we’ve learned that it affects their television series, too. In retrospect, people now see Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — which was criticized heavily in its early weeks — as having a gargantuan task of prepping for this huge shift that would fundamentally change the series. When the name of your primary organization is in the title of your series, and that organization is in shambles, you can’t exactly pretend those things didn’t happen.
With an enemy organization now completely integrated into your spy network, and most of that network being destroyed anyway, we will be left with those questions probably for some time. With Guardians of the Galaxy coming up next in the MCU, we may or may not find out what happens with S.H.I.E.L.D., an organization that’s been instrumental since the beginning of this timeline, until much later when the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. begins releasing episodes.
For the uninitiated: While The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past are franchises based off of Marvel titles, due to rights ownership, they are not apart of the MCU. For its part, it’s been noted again and again that while Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man will be integrated into the MCU, it is very much considered a “standalone film.” How Ant-Man will operate with the rest of the MCU is largely unknown.
Ultimately, we are at the mercy of Marvel’s creative whims, but thus far it’s been a heck of a ride.
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