The unspoken secret that Marvel's TV and movie ventures aren't as interconnected as the company would like you to think they are has become a lot less unspoken lately. And the loudest acknowledgement about this separation has come courtesy of Agents of SHIELD's Daisy Johnson herself, Chloe Bennet. Speaking at Wizard World Des Moines this weekend during a Q&A session, Bennet tackled the topic of why Avengers like Natasha Romanoff or Steve Rogers aren't showing up as part of the show's escalating conflict with Hive and his army of brainwashed Inhumans:
I don't know. People who make movies for Marvel, why don't you acknowledge what happens on our show? Why don't you guys go ask them that? Cause they don't seem to care!
Which would be harsh words enough, but then Bennet came out with it flatly when asked by a fan if she'd like to appear in the Marvel movieverse — she'd love to, but when it comes to the movies, Daisy Johnson might as well not exist:
The Marvel Cinematic Universe loves to pretend that everything is connected, but then they don't acknowledge our show at all. So, I would love to do that, but they don't seem to keen on that idea.
It's been obvious for a long while that, despite Marvel's claims to the contrary, the world of their TV series and the world shown in theatres might as well be separate universes. Although SHIELD in particular started out very rooted in those movies, over the years it's been little more than a one-way street. The events of the films get forced into the show, with nothing from the series making its way to the silver screen — even when it would make a ton of sense to do so.
But Bennet's comments are certainly some of the most brazen acknowledgement of that we've seen so far. Given that SHIELD now stands as Marvel's sole network television venture, it seems like the barriers between the show and the Cinematic Universe are probably only going to get bigger (or at least stronger, if Kevin Feige's comments to us recently are anything to go by) as the movie's focus turns elsewhere. What happens on television, stays on television.