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.
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