Jed Whedon has been chatting about the “thematic ties” between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 and the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. The connections between Phil Coulson’s gang and the wider MCU used to be a lot more explicit, with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill and Jaimie Alexander’s Lady Sif all appearing in the spinoff spy series during its early seasons.

But as the series has progressed, it has moved away from overt crossovers with the films. Gone are the days when you’d get a specific S.H.I.E.L.D. episode to tie-in with a topical movie release, like that time Zephyr One touched down in London shortly after the ...

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