Could we see Agents Of SHIELD cancelled? Agents Of SHIELD Season 2 has not yet been given the go-ahead but Joss Whedon has already hinted that episode 22, airing on May 13, will not wrap everything “up in a little bow.” Whedon also says that if ABC cancels the show they’ll try and get a Kickstarter going for a special movie to wrap things up. But anyone who has seen the Captain America 2 ending knows that the continuing adventures of Agent Coulson may have a little problem now that a major titular plot element is out of the picture.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the Captain America 2 secret ending gave us hints about the Avengers 2 characters and how the Winter Soldier may end up replacing Steve Rogers.
At this point you should know there will be spoilers since I have to reference some of the events of the movie in order to continue. So with that warning out of the way…
In the past it’s been made obvious that the Agents of SHIELD plot will mirror the movies. When Thor 2 came out an episode showed the aftermath of the climatic ending and how the agents were cleaning up after the super heroes. In this case, the events of Agents Of SHIELD directly gave us hints about what was to come in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Agent Sitwell, played by Maximiliano Hernandez, was in both the movie and the TV series and gave us hints that something not quite right lurked within the halls of the Hub. Sitwell was also apparently killed in the movie, but you know how comic book characters always manage to survive horrible deaths. While TV watchers were lead to believe it was just the Clairvoyant at work, as it turns out many agents and much of the leadership had been taken over by Hydra. It’s even possible that Agent Melinda May be part of Hydra, although personally I’d hope she was a mere dupe acting under the direction of Agent Hand.
Still, the one thing made plain by the Captain America 2 ending is that SHIELD as an organization may be finished. Nick Fury has hung up his eye patch as the director of SHIELD and he’s letting most everyone think he’s dead while going rogue as a spy. The Black Widow also purposefully dumped all the secrets of the organization onto the internet, and many of the characters were behaving as if SHIELD should be dissolved.
So where does that leave the Agents of SHIELD TV show? Since Fury will not be around to pick up the gauntlet it seems likely that Agent Coulson may resurrect the organization. Otherwise, the TV show may as well be renamed The Agents Formerly Known As SHIELD for Season 2. But actor Clark Gregg, who plays as Coulson, has teased he “might not be the only one” that wants to bring Coulson back into the limelight within the movies:
“My personal door is much more open now that I’m no longer dead. It’s much more open than it was. I think that so far our show keeps us all very busy, but I think in the right time and place, it’s the logical progression to see some crossover back in that direction. As of now, what’s exciting is there’s a great deal of crossover between the films and the show. Maybe not as much the superheroes that people are after, but I wouldn’t rule that out either.”
If SHIELD were to be reconstructed from the ground up, Elizabeth Henstridge, who plays Agent Simmons, says he’s the man for the job:
“I think it’s definitely a conversation about the people that protect you — we give them a lot of power, and is that the right thing to do and what the dangers of that is a really interesting social question to pose. Coulson’s been through a lot, and he’s starting to question it, which I feel like is natural for the type of position he’s in right now. I think he’s questioning it because he cares so much about us, his team. He wants to protect us, whereas when it was just himself as a solo agent, you sacrifice yourself more than you would your team. We’re his children now, so he’s questioning whether or not we’re safe.”
The movie also revealed that Emily VanCamp is Sharon Carter aka Agent 13, who is a niece of Peggy Carter, the 1940’s girlfriend of Captain America. In the comic books we know that this character and Steve Rogers fall in love, so it’s possible the movies and TV show may carry on this theme. So could Agent 13 somehow find her way into the Agents of SHIELD TV show?
There’s also been rumors about an Agent Carter TV show debuting in 2015. Hayley Atwell, who plays as Peggy Carter, has hinted another TV spinoff may be in the works:
“I might be. I would [do it] if I was asked. That’s all I can say, really.”
Regardless of future plans, Agents Of SHIELD Season 1 is only up to episode 16, so it’s highly likely that the remaining six episodes will tell us what happens in the aftermath of the Captain America 2 ending. Would you be upset if ABC had Agents Of SHIELD cancelled because of the recent movie-based plot twist?