Marvel has released an official book detailing the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sadly for many fans, it seems to imply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is no longer canon to the MCU.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was originally conceived as a supplement to the MCU, helping bridge the gaps between movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron for fans who wanted more of the world. Despite this, Marvel has cast doubt on its canonicity in recent years, with its recent timeline book removing any mention of the series from its pages.
This isn’t a shock to Agents of SHIELD fans. While the show is undoubtedly canon in some way to the MCU, with events of the series being referenced in Avengers: Age of Ultron through Loki’s scepter and the helicarrier, later seasons took more liberties with the stories they could tell, featuring characters like Ghost Rider and the Inhumans. It’s largely considered that, while the first few seasons are canon, not all of the series is. Though whether Marvel agrees with how fans see it seems to be an entirely different story.
The Legacy of Agents of SHIELD
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD starred Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward. The series was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, who also serve as executive producers along with Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb. The series was produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television for ABC.
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