It looks as though DC may have had the right idea after all in its clean separation of its film and TV properties.
Even before the split of Marvel’s TV and film divisions last year, shows like “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” and “Agent Carter” failed to really exploit the MCU’s biggest advantage of interconnected film and TV divisions beyond their initial setup which allowed minor characters to return in small screen outings.
With that split though it became clear – though has never been admitted to on the record – that such crossovers would become far less likely in the near future. This is best seen in the Marvel Netflix shows which effectively ignores the greater MCU altogether in favor of building its own little interconnected universe, something it has succeeded very admirably at.
In the past Joss Whedon has offered comments indicating that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is more separate than you think. This weekend, while speaking at Wizard World Des Moines, “Agents of SHIELD” actress Chloe Bennet went even further when asked why characters from “The Avengers” aren’t showing up in the show’s narrative. Bleeding Cool has the key quote:
“I don’t know. People who make movies for Marvel, why don’t you acknowledge what happens on our show? Why don’t you guys go ask them that? Cause they don’t seem to care. The Marvel Cinematic Universe loves to pretend that everything is connected, but then they don’t acknowledge our show at all. So, I would love to do that [be a part of the MCU], but they don’t seem to keen on that idea.”
In the past “SHIELD” has been forced to acknowledge events of the films – something it integrated very well in its first season with ‘Winter Soldier’ but barely paid lip service to this year in ‘Civil War’. On the flipside, the MCU films have effectively not even bothered with acknowledging any of the events on the series or in the Netflix shows. With “Agent Carter” cancelled and “Marvel’s Most Wanted” not going to series, “SHIELD” is now Marvel’s sole non-streaming TV series and one likely to move further away from MCU connections as it continues.