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How Will 'Agents of SHIELD' Deal with the Events of 'Captain America: Winter Soldier'?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 7, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 7, 2014 |

SPOILERS for both Captain America: Winter Soldier and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD below.

Those of you who caught Captain America: Winter Soldier over the weekend were not only treated to one of the very best movies to come out of the Marvel series so far, but it actually ended up having huge implications for the television series on ABC. SHIELD was completely dismantled by the events in the movie, after we discovered that the organization had been secretly operated by HYDRA for decades.

That actually creates an opportunity for the television series to retool, so to speak, and if there’s any show that needs a retooling after less than one season, it’s Agents of SHIELD, which has seen its audience more than halve since its premiere. What will the change mean for the series? Mostly what you’d expect it would mean: Agent Coulson and his team will end up on their own.

From USA Today:

“It’s an extremely unique experience that doesn’t exist anywhere else out there in the entertainment business,” says Jeph Loeb, executive producer and head of Marvel TV.

The show’s group of agents led by Coulson (Clark Gregg), introduced in the Marvel movies, are faced with not only trust issues among themselves but a civil war within the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, where no one knows who’s actually a Hydra operative.

Upcoming episodes feature at least one major betrayal, and what’s left of Coulson’s team is forced to deal on their own with the dismantling of their whole world as well as the new Hydra threat.

“Survival is a huge part of it,” says executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen. “There is no more tapping into big S.H.I.E.L.D. through the holo-comm. The guns you have on the plane are the guns you have. They’re basically left with the bare minimum.”

Last week’s episode previewed the possibility of the first such member of HYDRA, when it was revealed that Agent Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows) was the Clairvoyant that SHIELD had been tracking for much of the season. That, I suspect, will be the first step toward the dismantling of SHIELD over the next six episodes, although who knows: Once its been taken apart, maybe Guardians of the Galaxy somehow puts it back together this August?

Either way, it makes Agents of SHIELD slightly more interesting now, and hopefully this is the big shift in the series for which Clark Gregg has been insisting we stick around. On the other hand, if the arrival of Deathlok couldn’t improve the series much, I am concerned that — with its current composition of characters — that SHIELD may be unsalvageable.

The good news is, there are reinforcements on the horizon: Patton Oswalt will guest-star as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Eric Koenig, Adrian Pasdar will play Col. Glenn Talbot and Amy Acker will play a love interest for Coulson.

Source: USA Today

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