Is the unthinkable about to happen within the MCU? The one thing fans never thought would happen is FINALLY on the horizon. Finally, after all these years, Marvel will incorporate an Avenger into the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The scoop comes from TVLine (via MCUExchange) who said an unnamed superhero will be stopping by the show. The news says that “the onscreen twist — which was shot earlier this month under a Star Wars-level veil of secrecy — is set to air during the show’s season premiere.” If you’re already on the fence about watching the season four premier, today’s news probably has you setting up your DVR as I type.
Now for those who have followed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the beginning, you’re probably thinking, “Wait… didn’t Nick Fury show up at the end of season one?” While you are correct, remember… it came out of nowhere and didn’t even fit in with the story of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (where Nick Fury went incognito). If anything, it was more of a glorified Samuel L. Jackson cameo than an actual Nick Fury appearance. I’m also discounting the Lady Sif episode since she isn’t technically an Avenger, just an Asgardian (semantics, I know).
Should the rumors be proven true, this is humongous news within the MCU. Despite attempts to have episodes of AoS lead into the blockbuster movies, Marvel’s television and movie departments feel miles apart. The one thing that could have brought everything together was an Avengers appearance, but it never seemed like Kevin Feige would let one of his silver screen stars show up on network television. For whatever reason, his mind has apparently changed, and now the MCU will feel more connected than ever.
But who will be the chosen Avenger that will serve as a bridge between the two mediums? With 14 movies (counting Doctor Strange), there is a great group of characters that have the chance to be the chosen one. Still, there are a few that stand out more than others. Including…
– Iron Man
I mean, he has to be the obvious choice, right? Now that S.H.I.E.L.D. is preparing to come out of the shadows, Tony Stark can make his allegiance with the group public again. Plus, Stark likes to have his hands in everything, and he’d want to keep an eye on the new heads of S.H.I.E.L.D. to ensure there’s no Hydra infiltration.
But what makes Robert Downey Jr., the most blatant choice? He’s basically in everyone else’s business already. Iron Man already showed up Captain America: Civil War, there’s a rumored appearance in another Marvel movie, and he’s part of the ensemble for Spider-Man: Homecoming. If Tony Stark is going to have a massive presence over the events in Phase 3, he might as well get involved in every MCU property, including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
– Doctor Strange
If not Iron Man, then Doctor Strange will be a close second. With his solo movie being released in November, it would seem logical that the Master of the Mystic Arts would drop by the show to tie in his own feature-length film. There’s also the Ghost Rider factor. With The Rider showing up and bringing spiritual mysticism to the show, you can tie both forms of magic together to help everything make sense. That would also open the door for a showdown between Ghost Rider and Doctor Strange down the road, and who wouldn’t want to see that!?
Now stay with me here. Remember, Daisy “Quake” Johnson is now on the run and she’s going to need some help. Perhaps her hacking skills can lead her to another former criminal turned do-gooder, Scott Lang. By showing an Avenger helping out people on the run (particularly those with powers), it can further demonstrate the friction between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. And who knows, perhaps talking with Lang could eventually mean Quake gets called up to the main roster by the time Infinity War rolls around (wishful thinking, I know).
I don’t mean any disrespect to Mr. Renner. His movie The Arrival looks pretty awesome. However, if there’s one actor head-honcho Feige wouldn’t mind sending down to AoS, it’s Renner. This could be a blessing, though. Don’t just have Hawkeye (who everyone still loves by the way) show up in just the premier. Instead, turn Clint Barton into a reoccurring character helping S.H.I.E.L.D. get back on its feet. Sure, he was imprisoned and turned into an enemy of the state in Captain America: Civil War, but maybe Thunderbolt Ross can turn a blind eye just this once, remembering all the good Barton did. Hawkeye deserves his moment to shine and taking on a solid role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could help.
– Captain America
He could be the biggest dark horse of them all. I mean, Vision and Thor have a better shot at showing up than Steve Rogers, but bear with me. Phil Coulson is no longer the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. He is probably going to be weary of anyone else at the head of the Division (you know, that whole Hydra thing). Perhaps his return to the field is all a ruse to allow him to stay with S.H.I.E.L.D. and keep an eye on everyone from within. What if he’s doing all of this because his boyhood hero asked him to do it? What if Phil Coulson is Team Cap through and through, and Rogers tracked him down to spy on a spy agency!?!
The scene is simple to put together. Coulson is talking to a figure in the shadows, when who emerges following their conversation? That’s right, Captain America himself (well, Rogers. He probably won’t be wearing the costume). It sets up an intriguing storyline for the rest of season 4 with fans wondering if Coulson will be caught. We know Captain America is recruiting people (by breaking them out of unbreakable prisons), so why not turn to an old loyal ally who knows all the tricks of the trade? It makes too much sense not to happen.
So which Avengers would you like to see show up on an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Would Black Widow or Hulk be a better choice? How about Spider-Man swinging by, or Black Panther talking about what’s happening in Wakanda? Let us know in the comments section!