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2. There’s a Tie-In With the Larger MCU

Thanks to the series’ very famous older brother, SHIELD is always influenced by whatever is going on in the larger Universe. Sometimes the connection is subtle, as in season four when SHIELD turned to a paranormal guest star, Ghost Rider, just in time to coincide with the premier of Dr. Strange. In previous seasons, the link has been far more pronounced. For example, when Nick Fury shows up with a fleet of air ships at the end of Age of Ultron, SHIELD had spent several episodes setting up the preparation and release of those ships. It’s a neat bit of fan service that flows very naturally throughout the series.


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