ABC makes a wise decision this week with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by setting the episode in the direct aftermath of the events that took place on the big screen in Thor: The Dark World. While there has been no shortage of references to Agent Coulson’s death in The Avengers and the recent inclusion of a Chitauri helmet as a plot point, the show could use a lot more tangible representation from the unlimited Marvel Cinematic Universe it actually takes place in.
A extended clip has been released, and if you have seen Thor: The Dark World, you are instantly familiar with the team’s assignment. I would wager that the episode will keep things vague enough as to not completely spoil the film.While I understand Marvel and ABC’s desire to separate the TV stuff from the movie stuff, but this is definitely the sort of thing I would like to see more of in the show. It has hit a stride in feeling too detached from the bigger picture, which frankly threatens to makes it feel like any other franchise featuring super spies with awesome gadgets and unlimited resources.
Do not expect any stars from Thor to stop by (nor should they, even though it’s November sweeps), but maybe down the line we will see Cobie Smulders again reprise her role as Agent Maria Hill (as she did in the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot) when her How I Met Your Mother obligations are done. And since CBS played nice with Smulders schedule, maybe they could do the same with Kat Dennings and lighten up her Two Broke Girls workload to cameo as Darcy Lewis.
Episode Eight of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., titled The Well, airs this Tuesday on ABC at 8pm.