After years of discussion and different theories, it’s high time that we accept Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not confirmed to be true to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When Marvel television released Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. almost 8 years ago, the show was established as MCU’s official tie-in TV show. Unfortunately, soon the viewers realised that the connection between the TV series and movies will only function one way – the TV series would follow the events of the movies but the movies will never mention it in return.
Why MCU has never mentioned Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
The death of Agent Phil Coulson in Avengers: Age of Ultron created some problems between Marvel Studios and Marvel television because Joss Whedon said some things that screwed up the relationship between Marvel Studios and Marvel television and it became even more messed up after a corporate restructuring in 2015 that led to the division of Marvel Studios from the rest of the Marvel entertainment.
Regardless of their relationship, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tended to continue tying into the films, whether it was on thematic levels or in terms of storylines. In a way Thanos was the villain of Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5. ABC continuing the show for two more seasons was quite unexpected which resulted in somewhat of a continuity terror as Marvel television didn’t know about the plans of Marvel Studios for the events after Thanos’ snap.
When it comes to the Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 and 7 there is hardly no means to appease their timelines with the events of Infinity war and Endgame. For all we know, this might be the actual situation but fans of Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have hopelessly tried to figure out how can events from the TV show and the movies can fit together.
Surprisingly, in the last few months it looks like Marvel television and Marvel Studios have settled the issue. Marvel and Disney+ enable fans to view the Marvel Cinematic Universe films in chronological order on the Disney+ platform and the new timeline was successful in breaking Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
When WandaVision released on Disney plus it featured a completely distinct layout for a book of Dark magic known as the Dark Hold from the one that was shown in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and with the release of Loki, we see that Loki has followed Joss Whedon’s footsteps in evading mentioning Coulson’s resurrection.
Despite how lovingly the President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige may speak of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s obvious that the movies and the new Disney plus shows are never going to reference it and Marvel Studios will not be coerced by it either away. Other show of Marvel televisions’ production will not be mentioned.
As of now, Marvel Agents of SHIELD may not be confirmed to be true but the introduction of the multiverse in Loki furnishes a path to make it fit. The fans who want to relish the series because of its relationship with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe can solely assume it takes place in a alternative timeline in which Agent Coulson was revived and things came off in a different way specifically one in which Thanos erases half of the population of the Universe because of the alterations that took place earlier in the timeline.
Even this assumption isn’t entirely necessary. The dispute over Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. canonicity has always been ridden by a false assumption that the series’ significance in relation to the rest of the Marvel entertainment is what makes it worth watching. It shouldn’t be surprising why those errors happened, the connectivity was at the centre of its marketing when the show started.
However, after seven long seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it has flared its own path and grew up on it’s abundant lore, consisting of Inhumans, a brand new ghost rider and even it’s own way of time traveling which was more uniform than the one in Avengers: Endgame
In conclusion, the connectivity between the show and the MCU is not what makes it worth watching, it’s the ever-improving quality of its storyline and enhanced skills of its cast and crew throughout the seven seasons proving that Canon does not decree quality.