With both Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios decided to roll them out on release dates it hadn't previously explored with its superhero movies. The Thor sequel arrives in theaters this week, while the Cap sequel hits on April 4, 2014. So why did Marvel ignore those prime summer blockbuster spots for its next two movies? Could it have something to do with potential TV crossovers on its ABC show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
While we don't know if these release dates were chosen so that Marvel could use them to help bolster the television show, we do know that Thor: The Dark World will directly tie into an upcoming episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when the show reveals its November 19 episode, "The Well."
Here's the official description, via EW:
In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces–one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.
Without spoiling too much of Thor: The Dark World, we do know that certain events in the film take place here on Earth, in London, and so chances are this episode will deal directly with all the crazy stuff that took place in London during the movie. What this episode may also explain is why S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn't as involved in the Thor sequel as they've been previously -- alluding to the fact that something was keeping them from getting involved. Will Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fill in those missing pieces? Will this episode also directly lead into Captain America: The Winter Soldier?
None of the main cast from Thor: The Dark World will be involved (or so they're saying right now), but they didn't mention anything about the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Just how connected will this episode be to both upcoming Marvel movies, and does Marvel already have something similar planned for the release of Cap 2 this April?
Also, huge ratings for this episode could not only lead to future crossovers between the big and small screen, but it'll also indicate that audiences want more of this type of stuff. And you know what that means? Who will do it next? Fast &the Furious TV show, perhaps?
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