Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: 10 References to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD has finally aired and it is chock-full of references to other works in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)! Did you miss them? Well you’re in luck as we’ve compiled a list of every single one from the show’s first episode.

1. The Avengers Have Their Own Toy Line

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The show quickly establishes the timeline by showing how popular the Avengers have become since the Battle of New York. Michael Richardson’s son peers into a toy shop window which happens to display the plastic superheroes in a ruined city diorama.

2. Chitauri Technology

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Agent Ward is on assignment in France to recover a piece of Chitauri technology that has found itself on the underground black market after the Battle of New York.

This isn’t the first time Marvel has shown Chitauri tech in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Their One Shot Item 47 featured two thieves who managed to rob banks after activating a piece of alien weaponry.

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3. Maria Hill!

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Surprise cameo from Cobie Smulders! The SHIELD Agent from The Avengers returns for the pilot to help Coulson put together a secret task force.

4. Thor’s arms

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Hill –  ”.. and then aliens invaded New York and we were being backed by among others: a giant green monster, a costumed hero from the 40′s, and a god.”
Ward – “I don’t think Thor’s technically a god.”
Hill – “You haven’t been near his arms.”

5. Coulson Lives!

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The death of Agent Phil Coulson in The Avengers caused a shockwave of emotions from fans of the movies. Mystery still surrounds his return, but hey, who doesn’t want more Coulson!?

6. Asgardian Mussolini

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“When you get shanked by the Asgardian Mussolini, you can tell it your way.” – Phil Coulson

Who is the Asgardian Mussolini you ask? None other than Thor’s brother, Loki, whose actions include “killing” Coulson and opening a portal allowing the Chitauri to invade Earth.

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7. Romanoff

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“Espionage, you have the highest marks since Romanov.” – Phil Coulson reading Ward’s report

Who is Romanoff? The Black Widow of course!

First seen in Iron Man 2Natasha Romanov is a member of SHIELD and the AvengersShe is one of two members of the Avengers with no superpowers.

8. “With great power comes a lot of really weird crap.”

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Okay, this one is a cheat (Spider-Man isn’t part of the MCU) and a play on the famous lines uttered by Uncle Ben in Spider-Man: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
9. Sweaty Cosplay Girls Hanging Around Stark Tower


Iron Man 2 brought forth the Ironettes. After the Battle of New York and Tony Stark’s heroic actions, I bet the Stark Tower has its fair share of Iron Man groupies hanging around outside.

10. Extremis

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The biggest shocker in the SHIELD pilot is the addition of Extremis, the volatile virus that, when injected, gives super healing and strength to the users. Hosts that rejected the virus had a tendency to explode, wreaking damage to everything in the vicinity.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on ABC.

Check back every week for our review of each new episode!

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One Comment

  1. all kinds of comic related talk as well…. Journey into Mystery was said also a cool comic title….. loved the easter eggs

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