As may be well known, there is a rift between Marvel Studios and Marvel Television. In general, while officially set in the same universe, the shows will reference the movies, but the movies won't reference the shows.

Is there any instance of a character, setting, or event that was introduced for one of the MCU shows (i.e. SHIELD, Carter, Daredevil, Jessica Jones) which has than gone on to appear in a MCU movie?

  • 5
    If is really a rift? Or is it the more popular medium not wanting to include in-jokes for the small section of its audience that may have seen episode Y of X show? How often does either the shows or the movies create entirely original characters, settings or plot (as in, not taking from the comics)?
    – TZHX
    Jan 10, 2016 at 18:42
  • @TZHX I more of meant "introduced" than "created". I'll try clarifying the question.
    – ibid
    Jan 10, 2016 at 19:08
  • The entire plot of Wandavision is the setting for the new Doctor Strange film
    – Valorum
    Feb 19 at 8:13
  • @Valorum - WandaVision is Marvel Studios. This question was asking about Marvel Television.
    – ibid
    Feb 19 at 9:40
  • @ibid - Hence not posted as an answer
    – Valorum
    Feb 19 at 9:50

2 Answers 2


Here are three candidates that spring to mind. All three of these are concepts that have roots in the comics, but first appeared in the MCU in Agents of SHIELD:

  • The Red Room. This is the Soviet training facility where Dottie Underwood (Agent Carter) and Black Widow were both trained as children.

    It appears in Agent Carter s01e05, which aired in February 2015 – we see Dottie as a child in the Red Room, and the Howling Commandos find the abandoned facility.

    Then in Age of Ultron, which was released in May, Black Widow has flashbacks (induced by Scarlet Witch) to her time in the Red Room.

  • The Inhumans. This was a major plotline in the second series of Agents of SHIELD, and Marvel have also announced a 2019 movie titled Inhumans, which will introduce them to the movie franchise.

  • The Kree. We see a Kree corpse in Agents of SHIELD s01e14 (March 2014), although at the time the exact species isn’t recognised. They get namechecked by Lady Sif in s01e15. (I don’t think we get confirmation that it’s a Kree corpse until series 2.)

    Their movie debut is Guardians of the Galaxy, which was released in August 2014.

I can’t think of any MCU-original characters or settings that were carried over to the films, although I recall seeing interviews with Marvel execs who said they weren’t opposed to the idea.

In general, crumbs tend to fall in the other direction.


Does the Hydra leader List count?

He appeared for a few episodes in Agents of SH.I.E.L.D, and then got killed by Iron Man in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

  • 4
    Well technically, List first appeared in the Cap 2 after credit scene, so he probably doesn't count.
    – BMWurm
    Jan 10, 2016 at 19:05
  • No, the first appearance has to be on one of the TV shows.
    – ibid
    Jan 10, 2016 at 19:13

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.