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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Has the Answer to a Huge Problem in Captain America: Civil War

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Charlie Jane Anders has highlighted one big reason why Captain America: Civil War might not live up to its potential.

We’re less than two months away from getting to see the new Captain America movie which is another major turning point for the live-action Marvel Universe. But one thing is already certain: If Civil War doesn’t acknowledge Agents of SHIELD, this movie’s throwing away an opportunity.

Minor spoilers ahead…

Two years ago, Agents of SHIELD was all about playing around with the events ofCaptain America: The Winter Soldier which in turn threw in a couple of Agents of SHIELD easter eggs. In fact, the whole storyline of Agents of SHIELD season one was geared toward the events of the second Captain America movie. Because the plot of The Winter Soldier included the reveal that SHIELD had been taken over by the evil Nazi superscience organization Hydra, Agents of SHIELD was unable to move forward with its storyline until Winter Soldier came out and various shoes were allowed to drop. This led to months of delaying tactics.

But now, the shoe is on the other foot. (The shield is on the other arm?) Now it’sAgents of SHIELD that has put the next Captain America movie in a bit of box. And unless Captain America 3 devotes some energy to picking up the storyline from Agents of SHIELD, then the new Captain America movie is wasting a huge chance to do something way more cool.

I was thinking about this when I was watching the midseason of Agents of SHIELDwhich airs tonight. It’s pretty good, by the way. Like a lot of the premieres on this show, it’s not my favorite episode by any means, because it’s mostly setup. But there are plenty of reminders why this show has become essential viewing since it finally broke out of the box that Winter Soldier had shoved it in.

Read the full post over at io9.