When the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off in 2008, S.H.I.E.L.D. loomed over most of these heroes' lives, and later stories revealed that the spy organization had been keeping the world safe. However, following the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been absent from the movie side of the franchise, instead maintaining a TV presence on the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, Samuel L. Jackson, a.k.a. the MCU's Nick Fury, believes that the movies will eventually bring back S.H.I.E.L.D. so the group can fix its mistakes.
While interviewing Jackson about his latest movie, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, ComingSoon asked the actor thinks there's still a place for S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Marvel movies. He answered with a resounding "Yeah!", saying:
There's some way of fixing what they created, and hopefully somebody has that going on or Nick Fury is out there --- wherever he is, probably hanging out with Jules and walking the world --- figuring out what happened and how it got to that particular place. Maybe they'll find out that all that was part of a ruse to get to something else also. That would be great. They'll bring me back somehow, some way, for some reason. I mean, they didn't have me around to referee the kids when they didn't go to their rooms and got in this big old fight. We'll see what happens.
After it was revealed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that many of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s operatives were HYDRA sleeper agents, the organization as we knew it was dismantled, leaving it up to the characters on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to rebuild it in secret. Nick Fury still has access to some of the leftover resources, as seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but for the most part, the public believes that S.H.I.E.L.D. is gone, leaving the Avengers and other superheroes as the primary defenders against Earth's more unusual threats.
Samuel L. Jackson will reprise Nick Fury next in Avengers: Infinity War, so if S.H.I.E.L.D. does end up resurfacing in the movies, that would be the prime time to do so. All these heroes are banding together to fight Thanos, but some extra help from a new S.H.I.E.L.D. certainly wouldn't be refused. This would allow Fury and the other agents to not only make up for what happened with HYDRA, but the other mistakes the organization made over its existence. That would also be the perfect way to feature a few folks from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in minor roles/cameos, as there's been on-and-off discussion over whether Infinity War will include any TV characters.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018, and if you want to see what S.H.I.E.L.D.'s been up to in the TV realm, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.