Ever since the dawn of new Marvel Entertainment with TV shows and Movies that are “connected”, Marvel Entertainment has been spitting out new TV shows and movies, spread across various different platforms and networks, like ABC, Netflix, Hulu, and now Freeform with “Cloak and Dagger” coming out later this summer on Freeform.
It started in phase one and touched on the events that occurred around the time Thor came to earth, the events that occurred in New York affected future movies and TV shows. These shows included “Marvel’s Agent Carter” series, that took place at the birth of SHEILD and “Marvels Agents of SHIELD” that takes place during the present day of the shows airing on ABC.
For a time things were ok with these connections, The Agents went to go clean up the events that occurred in Thor Dark World during an episode in the show, there was a short film called “Funny thing happened on the way to Thor’s hammer” that focused on the events that occurred while Phil Coulson was on his way to the site where Thor’s Hammer landed.
By the time the movie “Captain America: Winter Soldier” was released, it introduced the fall of SHIELD. In the movie, SHIELD was infiltrated with HYDRA agents, so naturally, the TV show was directly affected by these events and they had to follow suit. After these events occurred the Captain America and the Avengers lost contact with SHIELD and they presumed that the organization wad no more. Although Phil Coulson and the remaining SHIELD agents went underground for part of the show, they never reintroduced themselves back into the world. The Avengers continued on with the Avengers Initiative funded by Tony Stark and they moved the HQ facility to upstate New York. The director of SHIELD Nick Fury was MIA until he showed his face in Avengers Age of Ultron and assisted with evacuation efforts during the machine war with Ultron.
By this time some events had started to only turn into mentions or references in some of the TV shows, and as time pressed on the references and mentions became less and less until they were nonexistent. When “Marvel’s Luke Cage” debuted on Netflix they never mentioned the Hulk and Abomination fighting in Harlem at any point during the show, this would have made an easy connection to the movies. Although the Netflix series like “Luke Cage”, Jessica Jones” “Dare Devil” “Iron Fist” and “The Punisher” all take place in the same universe the only event they mention is the “incident” this is the reference they make to the alien invasion that occurred in New York when the Avengers fought Loki and the Chitauri army sent by Thanos in efforts to retrieve an infinity stone. Also, the RAFT is mentioned a few times in these shows, the RAFT is a high-security prison designed for criminal superhumans. Some of the Avengers were locked up here after the events of Civil War until Steve Rodgers infiltrated the prison and released his allies.
Although these TV shows are meant to be their own entity they are still connected to the events of the movies because of the whole universe concept. This is why I was saying that Marvel started something that they cant possibly continue forever, and it seems that they are slowly trying to fade out the connections altogether.
DC Entertainment is doing a much better job currently with their TV series on the CW with the Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, and now Black Lightning. A few times these shows besides Black Lightning and cross over episodes where all the characters from each teamed up to fight a large threat. Supergirl even had a visit from her cousin Superman in her show. Superman has his own TV version of his self and not played by his movie actor. The Flash is getting his own movie after Justice League, but he is not being played by the TV version of the character. DC has managed to keep their TV and movie iterations separate from each other so that they don’t run into continuity problems like Marvel has.
I do like that Marvel was trying something new and innovative, but with the involvement of so many people and multiple TV shows, it made it difficult to keep up with the story and the hype at the same time.
Only time will tell if Agents of Shield and the other Marvel TV shows will address the massive event that took place at the end of Avengers: Infinity War movie.