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Working Agent Coulson Into The Marvel Netflix-verse


It’s all connected. That’s the phrase that Marvel uses on social media to remind viewers that everything they’re doing, the films and the network TV shows, all play off of each other. What happens in one will affect the other. Knowing Marvel’s favorite hashtag, Clark Gregg’s hoping that Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series will be included in the #itsallconnected action when they debut next year.

“I’d be really disappointed if I don’t get to show up in New York for Daredevil, or Iron Fist was a huge favorite of mine in comic books as a kid,” Agent Coulson recently said in an interview with Movie Pilot. “I’ve had more than my share so I shouldn’t be greedy but it would be a huge geekout moment for me if I got to meet Daniel Rand.” Agent Coulson and Iron Fist? That sounds like a team-up we can get behind. With that in mind, we’ve tried to figure out all the ways that Clark Gregg and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could #connect with the five Netflix shows.

Iron Fist

Iron Fist

Gregg seems most game to travel to K’un-Lun for an adventure with Iron Fist, so we’ll start with this one. Like Iron Man, the similarly named Iron Fist is another big time CEO who spends his spare time being a super hero. As we saw in the final episodes of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s first season, the super spy agency has to start over from scratch – and that means they need money. We could easily see an episode where Agent Coulson pays a visit to Rand Corp. to see if they want to invest in S.H.I.E.L.D. On the flipside, Clark Gregg could encounter his childhood hero on decidedly less friendly terms; the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could try to take out one of K’un-Lun’s Immortal Weapons, one that they perceive as a threat, thus pitting them against Iron Fist.



Like we just said, next year looks like it will be a rebuilding year for S.H.I.E.L.D. They might not have access to all of the resources they used to, and they definitely don’t have the same reputation following Hydra’s hijinks in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There could come a day when Agent Coulson needs legal defense, perhaps because of a S.H.I.E.L.D. op gone wrong in Manhattan, and he might just turn to Matt Murdock for help. Daredevil‘s unique status as a super hero legal procedural will most likely allow for a lot of Marvel characters to show up in cameos, either on the witness stand or as defendants. Here’s hoping Coulson gets sworn in.

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones

As a mildly super-powered private investigator, Jessica Jones is used to sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong. Odds are she’ll end up getting tangled in a case that’s way above her head in the pilot episode. What better way to show that she’s out of her league than by having Agent Coulson up show up to tell her to mind her own business? Yeah, that paints the charming Coulson as a bit of a heavy, but that would just make it even more of a surprise development. Plus, as much of an underdog as S.H.I.E.L.D. will probably be portrayed as in its second season, Jessica Jones’ P.I. operation will undoubtedly be even underdoggier. We could definitely see the Jessica Jones showrunner wanting to prove the leading lady’s mettle by having her go up against S.H.I.E.L.D.

Luke Cage

Luke Cage

Luke Cage’s status as a hero for hire might prove to be conducive to a number of cameos during the show’s 13-episode stretch. It wouldn’t surprise us if Coulson’s crew comes up against a mission that requires a super strong man with unbreakable skin and an unshakeable determination; yeah, S.H.I.E.L.D. could hire Luke Cage. He could even be faced with becoming a hero with a salary, should S.H.I.E.L.D. make Cage a firm job offer following whatever mission they go on. Hearing Luke consider a future with the spy agency could be a great way to explore S.H.I.E.L.D.’s wider reputation with the general public, and it could also be a great way to have the character explain just what he gets out of being a hero for hire.

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Connecting the Netflix heroes to the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe will be a big deal, and it’s entirely possible that Marvel will wait to pull that trigger until after they’ve all teamed up in the Defenders mini-series. We don’t yet know the release schedule for the new series, but Defenders might not air until well after Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wraps up its second season. By that time, Coulson could have built S.H.I.E.L.D. back up to its former glory, meaning that he could be in a position to pull a total Nick Fury and show up in the post-credits scene of the final Defenders ep to offer the street level heroes a job. That could either lead to the quartet appearing in a future Avengers movie – or it could lead to the four of them laughing in Coulson’s face. Either way, it would be a pretty spectacular cameo.


  • dekko

    Would such a thing even be allowed? Does Disney also own Netflix like they do Marvel and ABC? Because otherwise, it might be a bit more difficult to execute that kind of crossover.

    My thought though, if it were allowable, would be that there’s a lot of SHIELD tech lying around that hasn’t been confiscated by the government yet and between the street-level heroes, the SHIELD cast and whoever’s the Big Bad of the Netflix series (Kingpin?) would be making a run at that stockpile.

  • masteradept

    Disney may not own Netflixs, but if Netflixs is smart, wants in on the Marvel Movieverse Moneytrain, and wants the free tie in, they will make it happen.

  • Dhutchison

    I would hope Netflix will wait until the characters are well established before doing this kind of a crossover. These series need to be able to stand on their own first. I will admit I’m interested in seeing the Jessica Jones, Luke Cage crossover.

  • Kaine Morrison

    Feige said that the 5 new series would be connected to the larger Marvel Universe.
    Now all we need to do is wait and see how…
    I’m assuming that Defenders will be the street level side of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

  • QueerJock2

    Please no. I like Coulson but there is such a thing as overexposure.

  • CalvinballPro

    Setting ‘The Defenders” as simultaneous with ‘Age of Ultron’ is a brilliant idea, but the question then becomes whether or not Netflix can film and release four of the five series before next year when AoU premieres. I hope Feige has learned a lesson about making things too heavily dependent on each other after seeing how the secret twist in ‘The Winter Soldier’ caused ‘Agents of SHIELD’ to be an inferior show until it could finally address the events from Cap 2.

  • Tophman

    Jessica Jones is “mildly super-powered”?!? Someone needs to do some research. She’s pretty strong, mildly invulnerable, and can fly. She even went toe to toe with the Avengers (fisticuffs with Vision & Iron Man) and survived.

    It would be better if she’s portrayed as a persistent journalist trying to write an expose on a mysterious shadow organization that has been taking out what remains of Hydra. Her investigations lead her to take out a HYDRA plot in New York which ultimately (by the end of the season) has her crossing paths with the Agents of SHIELD.

    I do like the Rand & Murdock angles as it would work well with the established AoS continuity though I’d rather the heroes be on center stage with SHIELD serving as a footnote (& perhaps the spark that brings all these heroes together as the “Defenders” of Hell’s Kitchen).

    As for Luke, I’d have him hired by HYDRA for a job… runs into Jessica (in a brief cameo) who shares her suspicions with him & eventually allows him to turn the tables on his employers.

    I’m excited to see if Netflix can deliver these new series and hope that we get it soon (perhaps in back-to-back airings starting this fall & spring seasons).

  • mfactor

    No more Coulson.

  • andrew williams

    Abc studios is still producing these Netflix is just a platform g they have no say on these shows production

  • Sentry616

    As long as Jessica Jones takes it up the arse from Luke Cage and/or masturbates over a picture of The Human Torch, I’ll be happy.

  • darkflame

    Have we even confirmed this works rights-wise?

  • Richard Casey

    Disney wouldn’t have gone ahead with the show unless they retained the rights. I imagine they’ll be Marvel productions distributed by Netflix, in the same way most stuff on netflix is shown on there while they don’t actually own it.

  • Loren R. Javier

    These shows are actually being produced by Marvel Studios in tandem with ABC Studios, both of which are run by Disney. So, it won’t be a problem. Also, Netflix and Disney have a landmark distribution agreement giving Netflix online streaming rights to its library of films.

  • Alex W

    It was confirmed in the beginning that the netflix shows take place in the MCU.

  • darkflame

    Scarlet Witch is getting a bit specific these days.

  • darkflame

    oh, fantastic. Must have missed that story. I thought it was left ambiguous.

  • darkflame

    What makes you think it worked that way around? Could it not equally be true SHELD would have stayed as bad unless Winter Soldier tied into it so heavily?
    I mean, the twist was made for the film, not the show surely?

  • DaBUU

    I’d watch the F out of that episode

  • DaBUU

    damn you, #CoulsonLives

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  • masteradept

    I think that Luke will come out of some alternate centipede program of HYDRA, say from in a prison (if they stay true to canon which they better).

  • Mike

    It’ll make sense if it is set during or after world war. The classic costumes would be effectively reasonable during that time. They could even put the original ant man and Janet vandyne helping agent carter defeat hydra and establish shield. Pam is the founder of avengers. With the heroes for hire. It’ll be so crowded if they set it today’s time when we have black panther, dr. Strange, ms. Marvel, and more coming

  • Julian Dominquez

    Any guesses if the Netflix-based shows will ultimately show up on Bluray?

  • Marvelover

    The twist was made for the film but it affects the whole universe, and since most broadcast network shows that get a full season go until May, they had to coincide with it.

  • TheMan

    Leave coulson where he is I for one am sick of seeing him. If you must include shield agents do some unknown ones.

  • TheMan

    Btw apart from the jessica jones idea, your idea’s are pretty simple, stupid and quite frankly desperate. If marvel go with any of these I will be disappointed and surprised.