Infinity War May Open a 'Whole New Playground' For Agents of SHIELD

Since its 2013 premiere, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has boasted connections to the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe both large and small, from the involvement of Agent Coulson, "killed" in The Avengers, to the revelation of the infiltration by Hydra in Captain America: The Winter Soldier to the introduction of magic, with both Ghost Rider and Doctor Strange. Those links may continue with the highly anticipated arrival next month of Avengers: Infinity War.

“The thing that we love about what our show has become is, the movies sort of blaze a path,” executive producer Jed Whedon said over the weekend during the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel at WonderCon. “Doctor Strange introduced magic, all of a sudden we could have Ghost Rider on our show. We’re just waiting for that movie to come out, so it can open up a whole new playground for us."

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Unfortunately, Whedon didn't elaborate on what that "playground" might entail, or when viewers might expect the threads from Infinity War to intertwine with those of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The ABC drama's Season 5 finale airs May 18, three weeks after the worldwide premiere of Infinity War, so it's possible those last few episodes could somehow connect. However, it may be more likely that any ties would have to wait until a potential sixth season of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Ian De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Elizabeth Henstridge.

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