Spoilers ahead for the Season 5 finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the last remaining connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe on network television, and the leading man is a character that made his debut back in the very first MCU movie. Coulson has come a long way since first turning up in Iron Man, and S.H.I.E.L.D. has grown into a project that can stand on its own without constant connections to the MCU. Now, in the aftermath of the Season 5 finale (and Season 5 as a whole), we have some big reasons why S.H.I.E.L.D. needs to split from the MCU.
The show toyed with timelines and various realities in Season 5, and it would certainly not be difficult for a comic book show featuring superpowered characters to establish that alternate realities are possible. All S.H.I.E.L.D. needs to do is introduce some inciting incident that splits S.H.I.E.L.D. into a separate world from the MCU, and the show could be even better. Read on for our reasons why this needs to happen!
S.H.I.E.L.D. Wouldn't Need To Accommodate The Movies
Back in the very first season of S.H.I.E.L.D., the entire premise of a group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents conducting investigations was blown up by the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by Hydra agents, and the movie ended with S.H.I.E.L.D. disbanded. Now, many fans probably agree that S.H.I.E.L.D. improved after the Winter Soldier-necessitated changes, but the show needing to stick to the events of the larger MCU isn't always a good thing. The most glaring example is also the most recent: the events of Avengers: Infinity War resulted in half the population of the universe being wiped out, and x saw two characters who have appeared on S.H.I.E.L.D. wiped out.
Naturally, many viewers have been waiting and wondering when the devastating end of Infinity War would affect S.H.I.E.L.D. and get rid of some of its characters. The Infinity War ending overshadowed some of the final arc of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5, and it was entirely unnecessary given that the finale revealed none of the characters were affected (although some did die for unrelated reasons). If S.H.I.E.L.D. was in its own universe, we wouldn't need to worry about how the show will have to change itself for the sake of the movies. After all, the Infinity War sequel has yet to air and resolve the Thanos story. S.H.I.E.L.D. may have more or less explained why Daisy wasn't present to help the Avengers fight Thanos' forces, but there were undoubtedly still plenty of viewers waiting for the Thanos shoe to drop in the finale, and that was an unnecessary distraction.