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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: How the MCU Would Benefit From the Series Being Canon

With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. added to Disney+ heres the complicated story of the shows MCU canon status.

In the world of Marvel it has already become public knowledge there are both superheroes and aliens on Earth. Thankfully a small highly skilled group of agents were assembled in order to combat the growing threat named the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. They were tasked with investigating the unknown and strange occurrences around the planet. Their goal is to protect humans from the evergrowing threat of supernatural beings and extraterrestrial outsiders. The group is led by Agent Phil Coulson Nick Furys righthand man and leader of the team. The group has helped fight HYDRA during many missions which is a terrorist organization looking for world domination. Now Director Coulson must fight many other planetary threats including strife within the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. itself who dont always see eye to eye and who eventually break into separate groups before eventually being reunited for the common good.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded well beyond what was initially imagined and some MCU stories are not always fully fleshed out years in advance. That urges future Marvel storytellers to find interesting ways in order to connect to the evergrowing universe as additional writers directors and numerous others must all work together to tell the best stories possible. Disney+ recently added older Marvel shows from the past decade that previously aired on Netflix to its expanding rosters such as Daredevil Jessica Jones Luke Cage Iron Fist The Defenders The Punisher and Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is perhaps one of the most recognizable of the bunch because of Agent Phil Coulsons involvement in a few of the famous films in various supporting roles. But is the origin show canon to the MCU if its story was created outside the arc of the stories in the films? This question has been debated online between fans over the years. Would it be beneficial to have Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be canon and if so is it even possible to do so at this point?

The MCU is Just One of an Infinite Amount of Universes

Its easy to think the MCU is the endall beall of universes in the Marvel spectrum. However when you consider the multiverse timelines and the introduction of variants that have been part of the MCU in recent years nothing is currently offlimits. No character especially when variants are involved is ever truly gone unless the portal to the multiverse is closed. Can it even be closed though? Even then as seen in the Avengers films theyve been able to introduce a kind of time travel into the realm of possibilities making the universe even more wide open to whatever future projects will be. For that reason its certainly possible the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can somehow be introduced as a canon part of the MCU. In order to do so though it might be somewhat convoluted and difficult to follow from a logical standpoint. However if anyone is able to pull it off the team at Marvel will certainly be able to handle the task.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.s Bold Story Choices Make It Harder to Integrate

When the Disney+ show Hawkeye revealed Laura Barton to be Agent 19 in its finale this basically erased the 2013 shows version of Agent Mockingbird. This implied Agent Coulson was killed and there wouldnt be an easily justifiable way around that in order to keep Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.s story intact with the rest of the MCU.

Other shows didnt always follow the movies or Disney+ shows storylines either. For example the ABC show Agent Carter also did its own stories without setting up future plots for upcoming movies. Some fans have speculated Agent Carter may be a variant though and that could keep the storylines of that show canon within the MCU. Many things have currently not been confirmed either way so it keeps the hope alive for fans hoping everything will ultimately be combined as one giant singular universe. After all the multiverse is a big place with infinite possibilities and the stories are only limited by the creativity and imagination of their writers.


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