It’s a good time to be a superhero fan, because Marvel has been cranking out comic book content at a faster rate than ever. One of the most hotly anticipated Marvel movies coming this year is Captain America: Civil War. But those who are more into TV have been enjoying the critically acclaimed series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which supposedly takes place in the same universe as the Captain America films. Despite this fact, it seems the plot of Captain America: Civil War will carry on as if the recent plot of the show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. never happened.
Those who have been keeping up with Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. may realize this is a major omission, especially after the “Stamford Incident.”
Warning: There are spoilers ahead.
The Season 2 finale of the show ended with the planet being infected with a substance called Terrigen, which granted hundreds of ordinary humans superhuman abilities. These “Inhumans” have appeared all over the planet in a way that is impossible for any global narrative to ignore. However, that’s exactly what Captain America: Civil War plans to do. Why? Because the writers of the film haven’t really been paying attention to what’s happening in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Despite Marvel’s best efforts to keep all of their storylines connected, with references to The Avengers in smaller projects like Ant-Man and the Netflix show Jessica Jones, the writers of the new Captain America film were clueless about the “Inhumans” storyline. Hit Fix asked writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely about the fish oil supplement Terrigen to see if it would get a mention in Civil War.
“I have to confess, having come here, I’ve seen no TV since I got here in April. I haven’t seen the vast majority of this season of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ There’s fish oil?” Markus asked.
“Is there really fish oil? What are you talking about?” said McFeely.
Games Radarpoints out that while the Captain America writers aren’t paying attention to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the television writers are definitely watching closely to what the Marvel movies are doing. Captain America: The Winter Soldier centered around the internal collapse of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, which the subsequent episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. happily reflected. But it seems the minds behind Captain America: Civil War have no interest in returning the courtesy.
Hit Fix hopes that by the time Marvel begins production on The Avengers: Infinity War that all the writers will have communicated better and worked to unify the plot lines. But, to be fair, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is entirely centered around a character who was killed off in the first Avengers movie, Agent Coulson. And although they justified his revival, this was at least one example of the television crew showing little interest in what the Marvel feature-length films were trying to accomplish.
Fans could easily justify the absence of the Inhumans in Captain America: Civil War by simply claiming they just happen to not interfere with any of the plot, but it seems like a global event that would be difficult to miss.
Regardless of its Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ignorance, Captain America: Civil War will be hitting theaters this summer, on April 29 in the U.K. and May 6 in the U.S. It features the return of the major Marvel heroes, including Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, and plenty of new faces as well.
Are you a fan of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Are you upset that the new Captain America sequel is completely oblivious to the show’s existence?
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