Marvel has done well in tying together its cinematic universe. But its television shows have been struggling to keep their interconnectedness. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., in particular, has been feeling the brunt of the snub. And at least one star is speaking up about it.
Chloe Bennet plays Daisy Johnson on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. At Wizard World Des Moines over the weekend, she was blunt in her criticism of how one-sided the relationship between the television show and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become.
When asked about why some characters from the movies have not yet made cameo appearances on the series, Bennet said that the question would be better directed to the people who are in charge of making the Marvel movies.
She went even further to say, "[T]hey don't seem to care!"
When she was asked if she would like to make an appearance in any of the upcoming Marvel movies, Bennet only further fanned the flames.
“The Marvel Cinematic Universe loves to pretend that everything is connected, but then they don’t acknowledge our show at all. So, I would love to do that, but they don’t seem too keen on that idea,” she replied candidly.
Fans have been noticing the glaringly obvious gaps between the movies and television shows for quite some time now. Bennet's acknowledgment that Marvel does not seem to care about its own TV show makes it apparent that the cast has been feeling it too.
Although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began its first season deeply rooted in the cinematic universe – even bringing back to life fan-favorite Agent Coulson to lead the team – these days, any mention of events in the movies seems forced. Further, the movies have yet to make a nod to any of the significant events that have played out in the series.
To add insult to injury, although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been renewed by ABC for another season, it has been bumped out of prime time and into the problematic time slot of 10 p.m. EST. It's a move which only seems to confirm that Marvel would like to quietly brush the series under the rug.
It should also be noted that other Marvel television series have been getting the axe. Cult favorite Agent Carter is no more, and so was an in-development spin-off series Mockingbird: Most Wanted.
Although the interconnectedness of the movies and television series was a feature that most fans adored, it certainly looks like the sentiment was not shared by Marvel itself.