“It’s all connected” is the mantra of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Events that occur in one film impact the next and characters from any of the individual hero films can show up anyplace, anytime in this cohesive world that Marvel Studios Kevin Fiege has developed. Even Marvel’s TV division can be deeply affected, as fans of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. learned when one late first season episode led directly into Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the remaining arc of the season dealt directly with fallout of that game-changing film sequel. So, with season two of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. humming along, and a huge event movie on the horizon in Avengers: Age of Ultron, can viewers expect another big tie-in?
“You should expect something,” executive producer Jed Whedon told Entertainment Weekly. “The Avengers is the big tent that all the franchises play under. Obviously, we’re included in that.” However, executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen downplayed any huge, course-altering synergy this time around: “I don’t think any movie has the potential to impact us in the way that Captain America 2 did, but there will be connections.”
I’m honestly very happy to hear that any tie-in to Age Of Ultron will be minimal, because this show—and this excellent group of characters—have really come into their own this season and transformed Agents into compelling, must-watch television; completely salvaging the show after its notoriously slow start. However, while the crossover may be relatively brief, I do think it will involve a spectacular cameo. This might sound wackadoo, I believe Tony Stark himself is bankrolling Coulson’s team, and as Age Of Ultron opens, he utilizes the agents as a peace-keeping organization to supplement the Avengers. Am I completely nuts? Well, probably, but I’m going to have a big “toldja so!” ready to go in May. Mark my words, suckas.