I also think that Agents of SHIELD could also benefit greatly if it occasionally brought in Fury, Romanov or Barton. Not in a gratuitous way. But in some organic way that moves the series forward while also tying things into the cinematic universe. Because even though they like using this tag line "It's all connected", sometimes it feels like it isn't, and the movies are VERY separate from the television series.
Agreed - I personally feel that just mentioning characters & events is going to wear really thin, really fast. It's NOT "all connected" if you can't open up the purse strings of the franchise that is making you billions just so you don't have to pay one or two of the movie actors to make an appearance.
I thought for sure last year (before Winter Soldier) with How I Met Your Mother ending, that we'd see Colbie Smulders join the case of Agents of Shield, something like that would have given AoS serious cred - and what did they do? Have it end in Winter Soldier where she goes and works for Stark. What?!?! I'm sorry, but if there was ever an actress who they should have been able to work out joining AoS it was her. If there is truly still a TV vs. Movies mentality in Hollywood, it's pretty hard to get high-and-mighty that you're "not a TV actress" when you just ended a run on a TV show - so clearly the reason it was written that way was because they couldn't work out a $$$ deal with getting her on AoS.
And either Hawkeye should have been in Winter Soldier or he should have made a few appearances on AoS this season - there were plenty of chances for them to show how he fit in with the Fall of SHIELD, they just didn't want to pay Renner his fee.
And don't even get me started about how there was supposedly a Coulson scene shot for Daredevil that ended up on the cutting room floor. The show is on Netflix. There are no commercials, you're not aiming for a 1-hour time slot, your episodes can be as long as you want - and the one thing that connects Daredevil to the rest of the MCU is left on the cutting room floor? That's crap. (Yes, I understand the connections made in the 1st episode about how the office was a cheap rent cause it's where some serious damage took place in the first Avengers, and yes, Fisk's organization was making money hand over fist with lucrative rebuilding contracts from fixing the city - but that doesn't mean I want to see a show called Bob Vila: Fixer of Chitauri Damage
- there was damage made to the city of New York when Loki and Chitauri attacked, the first Avengers movie made that obvious, for anyone to say that unscrupulous building development organizations wouldn't have taken advantage of the clean-up process clearly doesn't know anything about the New York/New Jersey area)
I'm hopeful that things will get better when it comes to Captain America: Civil War - if they DON'T work in Quake, Hyde, Mockingbird, Daredevil, Luke Cage & Jessica Jones (all of whom would have been seen by that point in time) to add to the super heroes who pick sides, then I think people are going to start giving up on the TV side of the MCU.