Although it’s nowhere near the same tight-knit relationship as with last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been establishing connections with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Last week’s episode, "The Dirty Half Dozen,” not only set up why the Avengers raid Baron Strucker’s compound in the opening scene, but also had the Inhuman Raina experience a vision of Ultron’s robot drones attacking Earth. Even though the movie has hit U.S. theaters, the series isn’t done dropping references to the Avengers sequel. In fact, there’s one coming up to explain a gap in the film involving former S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury.
Warning: there are major spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron ahead!
As a refresher, in Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Earth’s Mightiest Heroes recover from their encounter with Ultron and the Maximoffs at Clint Barton’s farm, Fury shows up to give them a pep talk. Before leaving, he mentions something about getting help. This “help” rears its head during the climactic battle in the form of a Helicarrier that Fury manages to save from HYDRA. Appropriately, SlashFilm pointed out to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige that Fury retrieving the aircraft seemed like a “big chunk of off screen story,” and asked whether this might be referenced on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This was Feige’s response:
I think it’s fair to say you could fill in some of those blanks in the coming weeks on Tuesday at 9.
After tomorrow’s episode, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air its two-hour season finale next week, so things are winding down for the sophomore series. Feige’s vague comment makes it unclear how the show will fill in this gap, though using deductive reasoning, it’s possible that Fury was able to secure the Helicarrier from Phil Coulson, or at least with his help. Even though Coulson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. group is significantly smaller than when the organization was at its prime, they still have a fair number of resources at their disposal.
Perhaps Fury approaches Coulson about digging the Helicarrier out of mothballs, and Coulson obliges. After all, when it comes to the world’s safety, the remnants of S.H.I.E.L.D. are just as determined to help as the Avengers. There’s been no mention of Samuel L. Jackson guest starring as Fury, so unless his appearance has been kept a well-guarded secret, it’s likely that any Avengers: Age of Ultron connection will be made through dialogue from Coulson and the other main characters, not to mention how the film’s aftermath will impact the series.
You can catch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC.