#2 S.H.I.E.L.D.’s ORIGIN
To date there have been six films and three shorts set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and while S.H.I.E.L.D. has played a role in each of them, the agency has never been really explored. Given that this series has S.H.I.E.L.D. in the title, this is the best chance Marvel will get to explore its origins. We might get some teases in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, especially given that Bucky Barnes’s ‘situation’ will need to be explained.
Marvel Studios could decide to go the route of the comics with Fury himself creating the idea for S.H.I.E.L.D. but filing the idea away where it’s then discovered and put into action by the unnamed council of twelve people (renamed the World Security Council in The Avengers). This story fits with the dynamic that Fury and the Council had in the film, but if there’s one thing Marvel has taught us is to expect the unexpected.
Throughout Joss Whedon’s television programs there’s usually been a secret organization, the Initiative in “Buffy, Wolfram & Heart in Angel, Blue Sun in Firefly, and Rossum in Dollhouse. Only one of those was the primary focus of the series as a whole (Dollhouse) and we eventually did get back story on the origins of its start-up, so I expect something similar in S.H.I.E.L.D., little details throughout the series that when connected present a really big picture of its origins.