Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has featured plenty of crossovers with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with movie characters such as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) appearing throughout the first season. The biggest crossover, though, was when last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier showcased the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the inside, forcing Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team to go underground. With Avengers: Age of Ultron hitting theaters this weekend, and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 wrapping up, many are wondering if the movie and TV universes are crossing over once again. While we wait to find out, Avengers: Age of Ultron director and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-creator Joss Whedon revealed that Marvel's "movie people" weren't too pleased about Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., due to the complications it presented.
"I think actually the movie people were a little bit cross about the TV show. They were sort of like 'Well you can have this but not this. And this but not that.' It's complicated enough as it is without me adding another layer of complication. We also created a TV show called S.H.I.E.L.D. right before they made a movie where they destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D. So everybody's having a GREAT time!"
Of course, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg as Coulson, a character who was killed off in Marvel's The Avengers before being resurrected for the ABC TV series. We know that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Netflix shows Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Marvel's Iron Fist and Marvel's Luke Cage are connected to the MCU, but we have yet to see Coulson return in any of the Marvel Phase Two movies. When asked if Coulson is still dead, as far as the MCU is concerned, Joss Whedon had this to say.
"Yeah he's dead. The entire television series is just a fever dream. It's a Jacob's Ladder moment he's having at the point of death, but we don't give that away until after season seven. And there's a snow globe. Now I've given it away. Bollocks! It's a weird little yes and no. As far as I'm concerned in the films, yes he's dead. In terms of the narrative of these guys [The Avengers] his loss was very important. When I created the television show, it was sort of on the understanding that this can work and we can do it with integrity, but these Avengers movies are for people to see the Avengers movies and nothing else. And it would neither make sense nor be useful to say 'Oh and by the way remember me? I died!'"
Of course, with Marvel Phase Three just around the corner, which will feature nine new movies, the MCU is getting bigger than ever, which could either cause the TV shows to bleed into the features more, or allow them to create their own separate corner of the MCU, while still being connected to it. What do you think about Joss Whedon's comments? Do you think Marvel's TV shows have added unnecessary complications to the Marvel movies? Let us know what you think below.