'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 3 Episode 1 'Laws of Nature': Easter eggs and references set up Marvel continuity

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Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returned with its third season last September 29 on ABC. With over 4.8 million viewers for the first episode of the season, it seems that the series that shares continuity with the Marvel Cinematic Universe is on the right track.

In case viewers missed them, Jamie Lovett of Comicbook.com lists some of the references and easter eggs dropped during the premiere. In “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the team of superheroes led by Captain America had to save the Eastern European town, Sokovia, from being used as a weapon by Ultron. Daisy Johnson/Quake (Chloe Bennet) tells Joey Gutierrez (Juan Pablo Raba) that if he has seen Sokovia, then he should know the amount of danger that he is facing.

Meanwhile, President Ellis (William Sadler from “Iron Man 3”) announced on television the creation of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit or ATCU) in order to neutralize threats that are supernatural in nature. He enumerated the various threats faced by mankind from the Battle of New York in “The Avengers” to the infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

The latest Marvel movie, “Ant-Man” got a nod as well when Phil Coulson discussed how Fitz thought that Simmons could have been transformed to a microscopic size just like what happened at Pym Technologies.

Surprisingly, the MI6 gets mentioned in the first episode of the show’s third season. Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) nods as the organization gets namedropped while investigating Rosalind Pike. In Marvel Comics particularly “Captain Britain,” Hunter is the leader of MI6.

More references and easter eggs are expected to be included in the upcoming episodes of the TV show as more movies are lined up by Marvel in the coming years.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” serves as a bridge to all the films and events happening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, new episodes air every Tuesday at 9/8c.