ABC’s Marvel Agents of SHIELD is perhaps one of the most underrated TV shows ever. Launched after the monster success that was 2012’s The Avengers, it started out strong but people quickly lost interest. If there is one complaint that fans of the show it’s that the Marvel Films don’t really connect to the show, especially anymore.
There was some news that came out recently that showed they were close to getting another character from the movies onto the show: Emily VanCamp’s Sharon Carter.
In the comics she’s known as Agent 13 and she first appeared on screen as Captain America’s neighbor/SHIELD sidekick/protector in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In Captain America: Civil War, she speaks at her Aunt Peggy’s funeral then later shares a steamy kiss with her aunt’s former flame.
VanCamp recently said the following, about potentially showing up on Agents of SHIELD:
With Marvel, they can give you a call the day before you shoot. You don’t know what’s going on with their movies because they’re very secretive. I think it was discussed, but I was working on Revenge at the time.
With her prior TV experience and her character’s connection to the now defunct Agent Carter, Van Camp would have been a great fit. If any single MCU film changed the dynamic of other films or especially Agents of SHIELD the most it would’ve been Winter Soldier, as that film essentially ended up blowing up SHIELD after Hydra took over. This resulted with Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders’ character, Maria Hill, guest starring on the show. Perhaps they could bring Agent 13 to the small screen as well.
Sure, the recently concluded season 4 did focus a lot on the supernatural side of things with the Darkhold — a magic book, essentially — and Robbie Reyes’ Ghost Rider — both tied to the release of Doctor Strange — but that was pretty much where the connections began and ended.
They’ve done some crossovers in the past like cleaning up after Thor: The Dark World for about 10 minutes at the start of an episode. They also helped Nick Fury “dust off” a Helicarrier that was used in Avengers: Age of Ultron and even got a visit from Thor‘s Lady Sif. But, the reality is that the television and movie sides are two different divisions within Marvel. Films and TV shows take different amounts of time to produce. So, it would be sort of a logistical nightmare.
Despite the difficulties of adding characters from the movies, fans are still clamoring to get someone, anyone to join the show. You’d be hard-pressed to find an action drama that’s been as lambasted as Agents of SHIELD. Perhaps it’s the fickle nature of comic book fans that is hurting it. “I watched the first few but just gave up and have heard it’s amazing but can’t get over those first couple episodes!”
As a fan, you’d hope they’d add more connections to the films to at least bolster ratings — from a series high of over 13 million viewers the first season to the lows that it receives week to week now (around 2.1 million viewers). However, with the show moving to Fridays this fall — alongside the new Inhumans — they might not need worry about getting huge ratings anyway. But it still would be nice to see someone like Hawkeye stop by to put an arrow through whichever way they plan on bringing Ward back for yet another season.