As a TV show that ties into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” includes the implied promise of a crossover. Thanks to some new scoop about “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” fans have more fodder for speculating which characters from the movies could potentially show up on the small screen.
It’s already been established that Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow and Jeremy Renner‘s Hawkeye work for SHIELD, through Samuel L. Jackson‘s Nick Fury. In the new film, Chris Evans‘ Captain America will join the team as well.
“[‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’] is in real time. It’s been two years since [the characters] appeared, and now both are agents of SHIELD fighting in the streets,” Johansson tells Refinery29 of the upcoming “Captain America” sequel. “We are not superheroes flying side by side. They help each other because we are fighting in a similar way. It’s a working relationship.”
The focus of the interview was primarily on the relationship between Cap and Black Widow (after all, they were photographed kissing on set), but this storyline Johansson teases is the perfect opportunity for some cross-pollination between “Agents of SHIELD” and the Marvel films. With Cobie Smulders a big part of the “Agents of SHIELD” pilot and also appearing in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” wouldn’t it make sense for her to bring some of her most esteemed agents — i.e. Agents Phil Coulson, Fitz and Simmons, Grant Ward and Melinda May — along with her on this mission? Only time will tell.
“SHIELD has a very strong presence in this film, and it’s very cool to see it like that,” she said. “This movie takes place after the Battle of New York, and SHIELD is trying to figure out how to control the public and how to like make sure people are safe but everyone is aware that these aliens exist and what does that mean and do people feel safe? We sort of pick up there, but I can’t really say anything. Cap is very heavily involved in SHIELD, and the relationship between him and SHIELD is very strong.”
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is due in theaters on April 4, 2014. “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” airs Tuesdays on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.