Earlier this week, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ended its seven-year run on ABC. What began as, ostensibly, a tie-in to a movie franchise morphed and changed quite a bit after the first season or two, and took on weirder and more unique tones as the series continued. Along with Agent Carter and Inhumans, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. made up the TV side of a Marvel Cinematic Universe, but unlike those other shows, Agents stuck around and established itself as a brand of its own.
It’s hard to call any show that lasted this long a failure, and millions of people tuned in to watch each week, but it still seems like a bit of a missed opportunity to not have more synergy between the films and the tv series, especially as Coulson was such an important part of Phase 1 of the MCU. Whether this decision was on the film side or the TV side, it doesn’t change the fact that what might’ve been a really unique opportunity to bridge two sides of Disney’s monolith fell flat.
But is that the show’s legacy? Or is that merely a footnote in the annals of ‘what could have been?’ Vote in our Reader Poll, and check back on Monday for the results!