It seems that AoS fans are about to be unhappy when they find Agents of SHIELD no longer canon in the MCU. However, that was always on the cards to be fair and now we have a sort of confirmation of such in the listings on Disney+. If you have Disney+ you know how it works. There are two sections for Marvel, the MCU content and everything else. That everything else box is titled ‘Marvel Legacy Movies’ and it’s where you’ll find the Fox X-Men movies for example.
Well, as of this week, Agents of Shield is now placed in that category Internationally. Not in the US as currently Netflix still has the streaming rights for AoS in the States. However, Internationally, for example in the U.K. where I live, the show is on Disney+. As said up top, AoS fans will be unhappy, but they also (I think) knew this was inevitable. The first few seasons of AoS tie-in quite closely with events in the MCU. Those tie-in’s become less and less as the series goes on though. Fans have long used the rationale that from Season 4 onwards, AoS went into it’s own timeline and therefore was not a part of the MCU any longer. In truth, it’s probably just easier for Marvel Studios to pretend it didn’t happen.
AoS was decent enough action network show, but it was hardly brilliant. I mean I liked it ok, in the same way I kinda liked Sliders, or the A-Team. The main cast spent so much time in the same sets fighting the same people and always surviving that it almost became a meme in itself. However, occasionally, a show transcends what it is, (predictable trash) and actually becomes decent. Agents of SHIELD was one of those shows.
I’ll also guess this decision for Disney+ was taken after so many fans complained the Darkhold in WandaVision didn’t look like the one used in AoS and tried to make connections to that show. Forget it fans, any character, or actor who has appeared in AoS bar Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson is able to show up elsewhere in the MCU in a different guise. Any AoS fans reading this? Are you gutted to find Agents of SHIELD no longer canon, or is your own head canon still intact? Thoughts below.