Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' will have plenty of pieces to pick up after the fallout of this past weekend's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' apart from its own ongoing storyline, but at least one major star will be popping up sooner than we think. Having guested in the second episode, Samuel L. Jackson will return as Nick Fury in the May 13 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' finale, but what does it mean for the Marvel Universe going forward?
In ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ it’s revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been secretly run by the Hydra, an evil organization hell-bent on world domination.
The consequences are far and wide with this reveal. Not only will it undoubtedly change what is depicted on ABC’s ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ the effects will trickle down into every single facet of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s organization – which employs countless workers – even all of the way down to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s less high profile departments.
In an exclusive interview, we spoke to Mitch Claytonbaugh, an associate in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s accounting department, who explains what this all means for him and his team.
Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' has landed all across the board in its first season, but with promotion and crossover for 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' at an all-time high, ABC is bringing out the big guns. Check out the opening minutes of next week's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' installment "Turn, Turn, Turn," as Bill Paxton's John Garrett flies the unfriendly S.H.I.E.L.D. skies with a little Blue Oyster Cult!
As its title implies, 'Captain America 2' is largely inspired by Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting's celebrated, Eisner-award winning comic book storyline "The Winter Soldier." Although ultimately very different from what transpires in the big screen version, the broad strokes remain the same: Steve Rogers finds himself hunting, and being hunted by, a ruthless assassin who may or may not be his supposedly dead best friend, Bucky Barnes.
The movie uses Brubaker's Captain America run to fuel the first half of the film and provide an antagonist who can serve as an emotionally hard-hitting threat to the star-spangled Avenger. However, while it's the most obvious, it's not the only Marvel comic run heavily quoted in the film. There's another acclaimed comic series that not only informs the biggest twists of 'Captain America 2,' but suggests what crazy new direction the Marvel cinematic universe is heading toward on both the big and small screens.
After watching the 'Captain America 2' post-credits scenes, one of which introduced Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as "the twins" (aka Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver), one viewer exclaimed, "Am I supposed to know who they are?" Dedicated Marvel fans across the globe are no doubt rolling their eyes over what, to them, seems obvious, but it still happened.
It's easy to forget how even though Marvel's comic book universe has gone mainstream, thanks to the 'Avengers' movies, there's still a percentage of casual viewers who are only just grasping the surface of the MCU (for newbs, that stands for "Marvel Cinematic Universe") and are blissfully unaware of its implications. While we've provided primers for the uninitiated for such figures as Ultron and the Guardians of the Galaxy, we now turn our attention to the two new superheroes joining 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron.'
Whereas Tom Hanks' Captain Phillips talked, finessed, sweated and went into shock to rescue his crew, Chris Evans' Captain America jumps onto a hijacked boat from a helicopter without a parachute. His liberation of a S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel captured by international terrorists involves flinging himself across the deck; a human pinball with terrorists as his easily neutralized bumpers. Make that a super-human pinball, because as much as Steve Rogers maintains his golly shucks good nature, he is, after all, a Marvel superhero and he's here to save the day in the most preposterous and camera-ready fashion that's possible. Welcome to 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'.
While most of us don't have an idea what Marvel Studios is planning beyond 2016 (and, let's be honest, there's a whole cottage industry built around speculating what those future titles are), but Marvel knows exactly what they're doing. In fact, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has a map in his office that plots out the next 15 years of Marvel movies, all the way to 2028.
Last night's latest 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' episode "End of the Begining" officially kicked the series into high gear with the proper emergence of Deathlok, as well as a few fast-paced reveals, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get even busier with the release of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier.' Last night planted quite a few seeds for the epic Cap sequel, and you can check out the first pieces of its 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' crossover right now!