With the upcoming Captain Marvel getting ready to reveal even more about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s past and Phil Coulson appearing, could the twenty-first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe be the first to feature connections to the television side? While there’s been plenty of rumors regarding why the connections have been heavily one-sided up until now, I’ve spoken with both Kevin Feige and Stephen Broussard about the subject at different points with both seeming pretty adamant on it being due to the different production schedules when it comes to film and television. It’s felt like Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D has been setting the foundation for this for some time now and with the film being set in the past, it would make it much easier to connect than the other films due to said production schedules.
Roughly a year ago, I wrote about how Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. had been laying the foundation for Captain Marvel, from first introducing the Kree into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and how it connected to the organization to giving fans an idea of what their society is like. It seems to be no coincidence that the series has spent numerous seasons incorporating the Kree and then having the series star appear in the film which will feature the alien race heavily. While I wouldn’t urge fans to expect any kind of major connection (if any), there seems to be more pointing towards the possibility of some small connective tissue than away from it.
The likeliest connection? The Kree corpse which was initially found by German forces and taken by HYDRA before coming into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s possession. The spy organization had the body for a good period of time prior to the events of the film, which might lead one to think that a young Nick Fury might learn of its existence in Captain Marvel before using it years later to revive Agent Coulson after his death in The Avengers. There’s even a shot in the trailer which is fairly reminiscent of when Phil Coulson was being revived by Project T.A.H.I.T.I.
While I’m not holding my breath for the above, it seems like a missed opportunity for Marvel Studios to not take advantage of the past settings in order to give fans something they’ve been asking for. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m someone that believes the Marvel Cinematic Universe is as connected as it actually needs to be and articles about whether or not a certain character from one of the television properties will appear in an upcoming film do solid numbers traffic wise. But there’s only so many times you can re-write the same answer to these questions and so many times where that answer will be accepted by fans who are eager to see their favorite characters at least acknowledged in some sense as part of the bigger universe and not just given a pat on the head while being told they’re doing fine.
When it’s all said and done, it’s more likely that any potential connections will be featured in the upcoming sixth season of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Though it seemed Agent Coulson was done for at the end of the last season, the recently released trailer seems to indicate that isn’t entirely the case. Will we learn more about his earlier days in the next season including the events of Captain Marvel and the effect that it had on Nick Fury and the spy organization? Or could it be something even crazier along the lines of the Coulson that we’ve known for years actually having been a Skrull and the one we saw at the end of the trailer being the real Phil Coulson? Or vice versa? We’re only a few months away from learning what’s in store but there’s a lot of exciting possibilities when it comes to these two properties and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Are you hoping to see some kind of connection between Captain Marvel and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Sound off with your thoughts on the above in the comments section below.
The Superhero Movies Of 2018, Ranked From Worst To Best
2018 has gone by too fast. It seems like yesterday when the beginning of the new year was upon us, and the advent of having so many superhero movies hitting theaters seemed like a dream come true for every fanboy and fangirl. It's also funny to look back and remember that although we ended up with a whopping nine major theatrical superhero movies, we almost had eleven. Sadly, Fox delayed both Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants to 2019 instead.
Even with those two films delayed, 2018 was still a massive year not just at the box office, but for the continued advancement of the genre on a number of levels. Whether it was through the cultural significance of a film like Black Panther or the exciting animated adventures of Incredibles 2 and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, there was no shortage of exciting superhero stories told on the big screen this year.
Here are the 9 theatrical superhero films of 2018, ranked from worst to best. You can start the gallery by clicking "Next."
Yeah, Venom is an interesting film to say the least. Many have doubted Sony and their plans to create their own universe centered on Spider-Man villains that is said to be "adjacent" to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially after what happened with their proposed plans for a shared universe set within the canon of Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man films.
What director Ruben Fleischer brought to audiences is this bizarre, clunky, yet surprisingly entertaining throwback to the early 2000s era of superhero cinema. It has major narrative and technical flaws that keep it from being legitimately a "good" film beyond some moments of ironic brilliance, but Tom Hardy's performance is one of the most entertaining comic book movie performances put on screen in a long time.
8. Ant-Man and the Wasp
It's pretty hard to follow in the footsteps of such a massive crossover event like Avengers: Infinity War, but the microscopic (yes, pun intended) scale of Ant-Man and the Wasp is a nice lighthearted cleanser after witnessing Thanos' decimation. It falls short of its 2015 predecessor, but director Peyton Reed still brings in some entertaining sequences that are a nice blend of action and comedy.
Both Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly have great chemistry, and the entire climactic chase sequence is pure delight.
7. Deadpool 2
2016's Deadpool was the surprise hit of that year. While many hardcore comic book fans were excited to finally see a proper iteration of the Merc with a Mouth, the industry was particularly surprised by how mainstream audiences embraced Ryan Reynolds as the beloved antihero of the Marvel Universe.
Deadpool 2 continues that trend of self-aware comedy mixed in with the badass action directed by David Leitch. Unfortunately, the film falls into some of the trappings of a "more of the same" type of sequel, but put on a bigger scale. The film certainly could've benefited from a more clever script beyond just making everything bigger than the first. While the film never recaptures that lightning-in-a-bottle that the first film had, it still holds its own with some great character moments and perhaps the best mid-credits scene of all-time.
Plus, the additions of Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz) add more to the irresistible tone that Deadpool brings to the big screen. Overall, a decent sequel.
6. Teen Titans GO! To the Movies
It's kind of funny that Teen Titans GO! To The Movies is as entertaining as it is. Sure, the film is still targeted towards younger children that tune into the series on Cartoon Network, but the film is a surprisingly clever send-up of both the superhero movie genre as well as a hilarious tribute to the lore of DC Comics seen through the eyes of the Teen Titans themselves.
Also, the fact that the film ends with a stinger that teases the possible return of the original Teen Titans series justifies its existence in more ways than one.
Aquaman is a much-needed win for the DC Extended Universe. The franchise received its biggest win in 2017 with Wonder Woman but unfortunately hit a massive roadblock with the disappointing Justice League. As it turns out, all the DCEU needed to do to get back in the right direction was to add water and filmmaker James Wan into the mix.
Wan really goes all out with this film. This is a visually stunning adventure film on both land and sea that really leans into the inherently cheesy nature of the character while simultaneously turning Aquaman into perhaps the most badass superhero in the DCEU thus far.
Some may be turned off by how campy Aquaman can get at points, but it's hard not to get swept up into the fun when you have Jason Momoa having the time of his life.
4. Incredibles 2
It has been 14 years since we were last acquainted with the Incredibles. Thankfully, they haven't missed a beat even after that long, long wait for the most-requested Pixar sequel of all-time.
It's great to see Brad Bird bounce back with this exciting sequel after the earnest, yet disappointing mess that was Tomorrowland. Here, Bird is back on his element as a brilliant storyteller and is adept at further developing these characters.
Seeing the entire family in these hilarious and death-defying circumstances is so enthralling, particularly in the film's climax. Also, everything involving Jack-Jack and Edna Mode are some of the funniest sequences of animation that Pixar has ever done.
3. Avengers: Infinity War
What else is there that needs to be said about this 2018 film? It really is the most ambitious crossover event in cinematic history, and it has sparked an entire year-long conversation about what our surviving heroes will be doing next after all the chaos.
Anthony and Joe Russo accomplished the near-impossible task of balancing out dozens of larger-than-life characters in this kaleidoscope of comic book beauty that leads to some of the most epic battles ever brought to the big screen.
Also, with Avengers: Endgame on the horizon, it's going to be interesting if that film has a moment that tops the pure awesomeness that is the scene in which Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) arrive on the battlefield in Wakanda.
2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Who would've thought that an animated Spider-Man movie that features Spider-Noir and Spider-Ham on the big screen would be the best film centered on the webhead since Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2?
Leave it to the minds of Phil Lord and Chris Miller along with the incredible creative team to bring us a true love letter to the character that would make Stan Lee and Steve Ditko proud. Yes, Peter Parker will always be our original Spidey, but this film proves that the best part about being Spider-Man is the fact that he/she can come from anywhere despite their personal background and circumstances.