Article contains spoilers of Captain America: The Winter Soldier
After seeing the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier unfold any fan can see the fractures that are going to effect certain aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Cap2 presents a full dismantling of the SHIELD organization in the end. Where Agents of SHIELD goes next is probably the biggest question. While Hydra has been revealed as a cancer growing inside the SHIELD organization for a number decades what does all this mean for Coulson and his crew? At this point can we even have a SHIELD television show?
I am not a massive fan of the Agents of SHIELD and after watching Cap2 I thought to myself, “wow this is a perfect way to cancel that show and move on to the Netflix programs.” However, to be fair to Agents of SHIELD I went back and watched the last few episodes and was much more impressed with what is taking place. In the past, the show suffered from refusing to tightly connect itself to the MCU, instead it would barely mention MCU characters by name. Now, we get a full connected and realized set of characters. While I think it has a ways to go, it certainly kept my interest more than it did in the past. So how do you have a SHIELD show when there is no SHIELD? My theory is that the spy organization will be ground down into what it was in the beginning of the first Iron Man. A seemingly small government apparatus that worked to shape things in the background. I would love to see SHIELD head back to its covert roots and play more to events like the opening sequence on the ship in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
So at the end of Cap2 we find Captain America, Falcon, Black Widow, and Nick Fury all sort of going their separate ways after they basically put themselves out of a job. So what do we do with these folks that are so tied to the military wing of the MCU? Two words: Secret Avengers. With Avengers: Age of Ultron coming up soon we are getting more super powered characters joining the team, which makes less and less sense for non-powered ones to be there. Why do we need Black Widow and her two handguns when we are getting a telekinetic woman, her super fast running brother, and likely a fully sentient robot? The truth is you don’t. So how do we do this and make it logical. Split off some of these people and let them rebuild SHIELD in a new light.
So Black Widow is easily the most “gray area” hero outside of Nick Fury in the MCU. She is incredibly loyal to Fury and is willing to do things that are out of bounds. She should lead the Secret Avenger team. Hawkeye is also a logical choice here and would be a great addition to a team whose goals are more militarily minded. His use of arrows makes him a silent but deadly asset. War Machine being a part of this team also makes an incredible large amount of sense. Allowing him to be established as his own man, and not just Tony Stark’s sidekick. Rhodey is another character bound by his duty as a soldier first. Last but certainly not least, is the best addition to this group. He is fast, strong, incredibly capable and he can be relentless in a fight; The Winter Soldier. Bucky Barnes comes to realize who he is by the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Its clear to any comic fan where things are potentially going. Barnes will get reformed and work for SHIELD in some capacity. Since Cap isn’t willing to work in the shadows anymore, The Winter Soldier is the perfect choice. He has the strength close to Steve Rogers and tons of experience in being a covert agent. Just this time around he is working for the good guys. So there you have it, another bad ass team that keeps SHIELD relevant, but small and manageable. They would take orders directly from Nick Fury and possibly Maria Hill. We can start to see proper agents make their way into both Agents of SHIELD and the MCU by rebuilding the spy organization.
There is such great potential in a Secret Avengers wing of SHIELD. This would keep the idea of 70s spy thriller action films alive in the MCU. Seeing The Winter Soldier, Black Widow, War Machine (Iron Patriot should be repainted back to the classic for covert colors), and Hawkeye in some more grounded action against Hydra and possibly AIM would be smart. The over the top heroics of space aliens and such should stay in the regular Avengers territory.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Do you see the MCU shaping up differently? If so, leave your ideas below as well.