Captain America won't have Earth's mightiest heroes backing him up on his next solo adventure, but it sounds like he'll have the next best thing: the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
In addition to news of Frank Grillo signing on for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" comes word that agents Nick Fury, Maria Hill and Black Widow will all be on board for the upcoming Marvel sequel. But even as these high-valued S.H.I.E.L.D. agents line up for more fun at the House of Ideas, we're left wondering a couple of questions.
» For one, where is Hawkeye in all of this? Clint Barton and Natasha Romanoff were quite the formidable pair in "Marvel's The Avengers," but is Hawkeye going to be enjoying some much needed R&R when "Winter Soldier" rolls around? There's been no word of Jeremy Renner's enlistment for the "Captain America" sequel, while virtually all of the other S.H.I.E.L.D. characters are reporting for duty. Given that the movie will introduce Falcon, likely as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent himself, and reintroduce Bucky as the nefarious Winter Soldier, perhaps the sequel is just too crowded for Hawkeye to have a role.
» Will the "S.H.I.E.L.D." TV series and "Winter Soldier" intersect at all? It seems like a wasted opportunity cross-marketing opportunity if they don't. Assuming the pilot gets picked up for series, "S.H.I.E.L.D." would likely be entering May sweeps on its first full season right around the time the "Captain America" sequel hits theaters. Having a big-budget movie depend on the existence of a television show seems like too big of a risk, but it seems simple enough to craft a first season of "S.H.I.E.L.D." towards telling a parallel story to the events of "Winter Soldier."
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