With WandaVision beginning the MCU Phase IV, we have seemingly left behind the days when SHIELD was the only shady organization and HYDRA was the sole evil infiltrator. Now we have a supercharged, mythical Scarlet Witch and another clandestine organization, SWORD. Surely this means that the days of HYDRA and SHIELD are over? Kevin Feige says otherwise.
SHIELD and HYDRA supposedly came to an end in Captain America: The Winter Soldier where the evil organization’s branches within the U.S. establishment was exposed by Steve Rogers who put a stop to its dangerous plans. SHIELD was disbanded soon after as Cap believed that it had been poisoned too much by HYDRA to recover and restart with a clean slate.
Now, with WandaVision, we have been introduced to SWORD, another shady establishment run by power-hungry leaders like Tyler Hayward. And even though Hayward has been arrested, this sister branch of SHIELD is not going anywhere soon, which clearly hinted that the MCU is done with SHIELD and HYDRA. But in a recently held virtual press conference for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed that both can “always” return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Well, again, you can always look at the comics, right? We always take our lead from what has happened before, and those organizations come and go in various forms over the years,” Kevin Feige said. “So, they always could [return]. There are new organizations like SWORD, that you saw in WandaVision, so there’s always an inherent need for above-board or shadowy organisations of some kind in the MCU.”
This promise by Kevin Feige sets up hope that Agents of SHIELD can still return
While SHIELD has appeared in segments in the MCU, the Marvel show featured its predominant characters. But the show is yet to be accepted as canon by Kevin Feige or any of the other Marvel film creators. There is also the fact that recently WandaVision included the ancient book, the Darkhold in its story which has also featured in Agents of SHIELD but its appearance was rather different from how it appeared in the show, thus subtly stating that the Marvel show is not considered canon within the Marvel Universe.
Lately, it has been rumoured that several characters from the show are about to return to the MCU given the countless Easter eggs in WandaVision that connected to the show. When asked about the same some time ago, Kevin Feige had given a similar answer– vague but hopeful.
“There are often rumors that are true and there are often rumors that are not,” Kevin Feige said. “It was great fun to have Clark Gregg come back to the MCU in Captain Marvel… Everything else, we’ll just have to see.”