There’s enough information out about the MCU and Avengers: Age of Ultron that we can start formulating some hard theories about story and plot developments.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. film crossover connections?
On the mid-season premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. we learned that Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird) and Mack are keeping a secret. They are working for someone else and trying to obtain Nick Fury’s “toolkit,” which Coulson used to restart S.H.I.E.L.D. Hydra is the obvious culprit, which is why I don’t think it’s them. By this point, the “he’s a Hydra spy!” reveal is played out. I have a hard time believing the writers would think that would surprise people.
That’s why I think they’re working for Tony Stark.
We know a few things, both “in-world” and out that bring me to this conclusion. Hydra has been the big threat all year on AoS. From Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we know that Hydra leader Baron Von Strucker has Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in captivity in Europe somewhere. From multiple Avengers: Age of Ultron trailers, we know the Avengers assault what is believed to be Strucker’s base where they are being held. Somehow the Avengers must learn where the base is located. I think Strucker is using an old secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base, the locations of which are on Fury’s toolkit which is how they will find them.
I don’t think Tony Stark hired Maria Hill to work for him just to be a nice guy. He rarely, if ever, does stuff like that (Potato Gun Mark II, notwithstanding). No, he hired Hill because she has useful information like the fact that Fury has something like the toolkit in the first place. She may have also recruited Bobbi and Mack to do this for the Avengers.
In the comics, Bobbi is an Avenger (also married to Hawkeye), which also leads me to believe this connection exists. Adrienne Palicki, who plays her, has also done a few major feature films, so moving her into a Marvel feature, if only for a cameo, wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility. Captain America: Civil War, anyone?
Post Avengers 2 and Season Ending of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
When (not if) the Avengers defeat Baron von Strucker, Hydra will probably be largely defeated (unless Ultron drastically upsets the status quo, which is highly possible). That will carry over to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In looking at a calendar, AoS. will have about three or so episodes to air after Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out and I think that the Inhumans/Kyle MacLachlan story will turn out to be the big season-ending threat to confront. Hydra will still exist and be a threat, to be sure, but it won’t be the overriding nemesis to S.H.I.E.L.D. like it’s been.
In fact, I suspect that super-powered people (Inhumans and others) will be the overarching story for at least the first half of AoS’s next season and that will then transition into set up for Captain America: Civil War. I even wonder if they will try to do the Stamford, CT event that largely kicked off Civil War in the comics on AoS.
Time will tell if I am right, but it’ll be fun to find out.