The Marvel Cinematic Universe has delighted fans of late with a number of quality films playing out a well planned narrative, complete with exciting action and likable superheroes.
The universe has also found its way onto the television screen with a number of shows, beginning with the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D in 2013. Since then, we have seen Agent Carter, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Defenders and a number of other TV shows lined up on cable TV as well as Netflix.
The shows have had a fluctuating success level but they have been appreciated for their narratives and the characters they explore by comic book lovers as well as fans of the MCU. One big thing for fans is how much the shows link up with the blockbuster movies that we have seen over the last decade.
Surprisingly, despite huge potential for a joint narrative, we have seen no more than name drops and sly references to the MCU superheroes on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Carter. For the most part, the TV heroes and their worlds have remained separate from that of the superheroes that have appeared on the big screen.
That being said, there have been some direct connection that have come up in the Marvel TV shows, but they have been few and far between. Here is a list of some of the times that two sub-verses have featured explicit connections to each other:
1. The Roxxon Oil Corporation:
The evil corporation first reared its ugly head in the first of the Iron Man movies when it was name-dropped in the final battle. In Iron Man 2, the corporation was again mentioned fleetingly warning of things to come, which it did in Iron Man 3.
The activities of the nefarious organization were then transferred to the small screen where they showed up in multiple episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Agent Carter, and Daredevil. In the show Cloak and Dagger, the corporation takes the role front and center when it is explained that the source of all the weird powers that the young heroes have is tied to the activities of Roxxon.
2. Age of Ultron and the Helicarrier:
The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D show had a great part to play in the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. When Ultron lifts the entire nation of Sokovia in order to use them as a meteor to destroy the rest of the planet, the Avengers had to figure out a way to get everyone on the meteor to safety first.
However, it was Nick Fury who saved the day by coming to evacuation party with a Helicarrier that could take everyone to safety. Who repaired this old piece of S.H.I.E.L.D history? It was Agent Coulson who put it back into action by slowly repairing the vessel over the course of the show so Fury could use it whenever there was need.
3. Jessica Jones targeted in the aftermath of the Battle of New York:
After the events of the first Avengers, the team of superheroes in all their glory were lauded for protecting the Earth against the invading Chitauri people. However, as it happens with any major event, there is also a sizeable number of people who end up blaming the heroes for the whole thing, especially if they lose a loved one.
When Jessica Jones was hired by a woman to find out if her husband was cheating, it turned out to be just a trap to kill her. Apparently, the woman had lost her mother in the fighting against the Chitauri and the woman wrongly assumed that Jones was part of the Avengers.
4. The Battle of New York helped Matt Murdock:
The Marvel shows on Netflix have mostly shied away from blatant references to the MCU movies, and you could be forgiven for thinking they were talking of different worlds. However, in the opening scenes of Daredevil, a reference to the 2013 Avengers movie comes up.
Apparently, Matt and Foggy were looking for office space and were able to afford one because “The Incident” caused significant damage to Hell’s Kitchen, causing prices to drop. So in a way, the Avengers were the reason our favorite lawyer duo have an office.
5. The Raft for Jessica’s mother:
The Raft is the prison that was designed for superheroes who did not adhere to the Sokovia Accords, detailed during the Civil War movie. The ultra secure facility was menacing, and an integral part of the Avengers movie. So it was fascinating for fans when it was revealed that Jessica Jones’ mother could be sent to the Raft on account of her murderous outings. Jeri Hogarth ultimately worked it out so she never was sent to the prison but the name drop was exciting for fans.